Ownership and Disclosure
All participants own the rights to their ideas.
Contestants must properly acknowledge any trademarks or copyrighted materials of others that are incorporated into the contestants’ materials. The contestants are responsible for obtaining any necessary permission before incorporating such materials into their submissions. Once materials are submitted, Washington State University and its schools and colleges reserve the right to publish information about the contestants’ work in university publications and to release information to the news media. The judging/presentation will be conducted in an open meeting with possible attendance by faculty, students and staff as well as media representatives and the general public.
Where applicable, contestants may choose to file patent applications on their own or to disclose their inventions to the Washington State University Research Foundation before or after the competition. Submission of an idea to the competition should be considered a public disclosure of the idea. (In some countries, patent applications must be filed prior to disclosure. In the U.S. inventors generally have one year after disclosure in which to file patent applications.)* Ultimately, protection of sensitive materials is the sole responsibility of the individual or team participating in the competition. *The Competition Rules are based in part on those of the University of Wisconsin Madison, University of Washington, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania
Congratulations to all our 2023 Business Plan Competition Participants
We saw fierce competition this year and would like to congratulate all participants for all their hard work and dedication.
We are delighted to announce the winning teams of the Foster Garvey Open Collegiate League competition:
- StrapWell – ($5,000)
Congrats to the Business Plan Competition teams moving forward!
Top Foster Garvey Open League Teams Advancing to the Final Presentation Round
- Bionova (Walla Walla University) – building small scalable bioreactors to produce methane biogas and high-quality fertilizer for local communities in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Brazil, and Peru
- GentleRide Suspension (University of Idaho) – GentleRide is a suspension Using First-Class Lever Design to Reimagine Horse Transportation.
- StrapWell (University of Idaho) – StrapWell is a bag designed to strap and cinch to the top of any tiedown, for secure shipments across the transport industry
- Wasted Hops (University of Idaho) – Wasted Hops is a paper company that produces and sells unique, durable, sustainable, and biodegradable coasters made from the fibers of hops
- PrinTimber (University of Idaho) –