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WSU Business Plan CompetitionThursday, April 25, 2019

If you’re a student entrepreneur or aspiring business owner, the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies presents the WSU Business Plan Competition – an unparalleled opportunity to practice entrepreneurship in a real-world setting and receive guidance as you launch a new venture, plus a chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money!

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Learn by Doing

  • Sharpen skills. Working on a business plan team develops innovative thinking, builds leadership, and refines communication skills.
  • Network. If you’re a finalist, you and your team will present your idea to investors, entrepreneurs, and industry professionals at the competition in April. Finalists also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with judges over dinner.
  • Prepare for your future. Take what you’ve learned and apply it in an existing company or new venture.

Launch a New Venture

  • Move from idea to execution. Develop, test, and pitch a startup idea with your own team.
  • Get advice and mentoring. Seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts and entrepreneurship faculty mentors devote countless hours to help students navigate the entrepreneurial process.
  • Build momentum. Take your experience in the competition and invest in the growth of your venture.

Important Dates

Team Registration Deadline: March 8, 2019
Executive Summary Due: March 22, 2019
Business Plan & Slide Deck Due: April 15, 2019
Business Plan Competition: April 25, 2019

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Questions?

Contact Allison Sellers, Student Venture Manager

Win Cash Prizes

College League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize – $15,000
Herbert B. Jones Second Place Prize – $10,000
Eric Carr Memorial Third Place Prize – $7,000
Fourth Place Prize – $4,000
Fifth Place Prize – $2,000

Open League Grand Prize – $5,000

High School League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize – $5,000
Second Place Prize – $3,500
Third Place Prize – $2,500
Fourth Place Prize – $1,000

Merit Prizes

BECU Best FinTech Venture Prize – $5,000
KT Farms Ag Innovation Prize – $5,000
Herbert B. Jones Best Written Plan Prize – $2,500
Herbert B. Jones Best Presentation Prize – $2,500
Herbert B. Jones Best Tech Venture Prize – $2,500
Herbert B. Jones Best Social Impact Venture Prize – $2,500
Best Trade Show Prize – $500

The Business Plan Competition is critically important for helping people to turn ideas into reality. I am excited to volunteer as a judge to support the competition and the Center, now that I am on the other side.— Jonah Friedl , NOMAD founder and WSU alumnus (Carson College of Business, Entrepreneurship – 2016)

Congratulations, 2018 Winners!

College League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize: Test Robotics
Herbert B. Jones Second Place Prize: Protium Innovations
Third Place Prize: BeeToxx
Fourth Place Prize: Laser RevEng
Fifth Place Prize: That’s a Wrap
Sixth Place Prize: Vein Vision

High School League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize: Clara June Studios
Second Place Prize: Chloe’s Lavendar
Third Place Prize: Kits by Zschoche
Fourth Place Prize: Howlets Seam
Fifth Place Prize: Gratitude

Merit Prizes

Herbert B. Jones Best Written Plan: Protium Innovations
Herbert B. Jones Best Presentation: ElectroActive
Herbert B. Jones Best Tech Venture: MoleCURE
Herbert B. Jones Best Social Impact Venture: BeeToxx
BECU Best FinTech: Close to Campus
CES Up and Coming: Candor Clothing

 

Student, sponsor and College of Business dean with award check
2018 Grand Prize Winner, Test Robotics

 

Student, sponsor and College of Business dean with award check
2018 High School Grand Prize Winner, Clara June Studios

Thank You, 2019 Sponsors!

Support the BPC

Partner

 

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Investor

 

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The Ostrander Scholarship

Friend

 

Dave & Deborah Grant

 

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Carol Anne Ebert-Sears
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Mark Wuotila

THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES ALSO WISHES TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO IDAHO CAPITAL VENTURES AND FREESTONE CAPITAL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE 2019 BPC.