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The Center for Entrepreneurship At Washington State University – Go Cougs

The WSU Center for Entrepreneurship is excited to announce a partnership with Washington State Athletics to expand the Cougar Pursuit initiative, which assists WSU student-athletes to fully capitalize on their Name, Image and Likeness (NIL).

“The Center for Entrepreneurship aims to empower all WSU Cougars to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers and communities,” said Marie Mayes, CE director. “We have a range of programming to offer student-athletes and are excited to support WSU Athletics in this endeavor!”

Check out the press release here.

Congratulations to the 2021 Business Plan Competition Winners!

Read the WSU news article

Watch the Final presentation round recording


  1. Unkle Drew’z Ginger Sauce, $15,000
    A dressing, dip and marinade for all foods.
  2. AnyLease, $10,000
    A platform that helps people navigate leases in a digital setting
  3. 3D Innovations and Academics, $7,000
    A service-based business providing an educational platform and collaborative community for a wide range of age groups exploring 3D printing.
  4. Accustomed Accommodations, $4,000
    A business offering affordable housing by using upcycled materials with self-sustaining, add-on features.
  5. Cleantech Kiosk, $2,000
    A fully autonomous kiosk to clean personal electronics.


  1. Groove, $5,000
    A database of companies’ information related to sustainability that rates carbon emissions, fair trade and waste impact products.


  • Best Written Plan: Unkle Drew’z Ginger Sauce, $2,500
  • Best Presentation: BOSSSecurity, $2,500
  • Best Technology Venture: Cleantech Kiosk, $2,500
  • Best Social Impact Business (four-way tie): Accustomed Accommodations, Gifted Threads, Groove, Med-I-Equip, $625 each
  • BECU Best FinTech: AnyLease, $5,000


  1. Red Thread Unraveled, $5,000
    Subscription and gift boxes for Chinese adoptees with the goal of strengthening and maintaining an adoptee’s cultural connection to China.
  2. Mi Amor Confections, $2,000
    A business selling wholesale and retail macarons.
  3. Herny’s Lawn Care, $1,000
    A small, residential lawn care business in north Spokane.
  4. Highland Espresso, $500
    A coffee shop within the prime location of Five Mile Prairie.
  5. Pick Up Games, $250
    An app for arranging pick up sports games.

About The Center for Entrepreneurship

WSU’s Center for Entrepreneurship is a Carson College initiative to enable all WSU Cougars to become drivers of innovation in their own lives, careers, and communities.

Through its physical home on the Pullman campus, The Startup Den, it provides a variety of signature programs that foster an entrepreneurial mindset and resources that help students move their ideas to impact.

As a senior in college, designing a product and then traveling to Tanzania for hands-on field testing is something I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to do at any other university.— Annalise Miller, Kule co-founder & WSU alumna (Carson College of Business, Entrepreneurship & College of Arts and Sciences, Math – 2017)

Upcoming Events

Jones Milestone Summer Accelerator – Now Accepting Applications

Turn your projects and learning into action and launching. Earn up to $20,000 to build your future.

Learn More Here

Please see the BPC Info&Events, for the entire WSU BPC ’21 Schedule of Events & Deadlines.




Partner With Us

The work of the Center for Entrepreneurship would not be possible without the support of the Cougar Community. Your participation as mentors for student startup teams, Business Plan Competition judges, and financial contributors enables our team to continue the important work of developing students who will become the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

We thank you for your support. We encourage you to learn more about getting and staying, involved in the exciting work we are doing at WSU.