A Wilson company called Mia Share that provides custom tuition solutions for trade and technical schools won the judges’ vote and audience vote Tuesday night at Pitch Day, an annual Silicon Couloir competition for entrepreneurs.

Presented onstage by founder and CEO Josh Haghani, Mia Share took home $10,000 for the Panelist Choice Award, which goes to the company that judges believe has the most compelling idea and best chance of success.

People watching Pitch Day from seats at the Center for the Arts or via livestream voted for Audience Choice by text message. Mia Share’s prize for that was $5,000 plus a year of free use of the Cowork Space, Silicon Couloir’s communal workplace on Broadway.

Six entrepreneurs in all participated in Pitch Day, the 10th one held by Silicon Couloir, a nonprofit that nurtures entrepreneurship in the region.

WiddyUP, presented by CEO Carter Higley, is a digital platform that enables kids to use video clips showcasing their talents to drum up donations.

Taylor-Ann Smith founded Ride Force to make high-performance, comfortable mountain biking apparel for women of all sizes and tastes after seeing few options beyond too-tight, overtly girly jerseys. Bentley Wederski’s Utilitarian is a gender-neutral clothing brand that will launch this fall.

“Fashion is still binary, yet people are not,” he said.

Two businesses in the food and beverage space were each awarded the Bob Arndt Community Caretaker Award, which honors entrepreneurial efforts that tie in with a healthy environment and other Silicon Couloir values.

One was Kate Stoddard’s Orchestra Provisions, which makes protein powders, seasonings and therapeutics out of crickets, with a goal of supporting regenerative food systems and addressing global food security.

The other was Alex Yoder’s Overview Coffee, which sells specialty coffee grown using regenerative organic farming practices.

Each won $2,500, six months of free use of the Cowork Space and an invitation to join Silicon Couloir’s TEAMS mentoring program.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor for the News&Guide and one of the editors for local articles printed in the Jackson Hole Daily.

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