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WSU Business Plan CompetitionThursday, April 30, 2020

2020 WSU Business Plan Competition has been cancelled

After serious consideration, and in accordance with guidance from state health officials to limit large gatherings, I regret to inform you that the 2020 WSU Business Plan Competition, scheduled for April 20, 2020 has been cancelled. Individuals’ health and safety takes top priority, and the goal is to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Washington State University has committed to distance learning methods for the duration of the spring semester.  As such, we evaluated alternatives for holding the BPC event virtually, but these alternatives were deemed not feasible. They simply would not allow us to put on the high-level event that our students deserve and our sponsors and supporters have come to expect.

Furthermore, parents and guardians are expected to care for children in the wake of school, after-school and daycare limitations and closures and are unavailable to serve as judges.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause in terms of existing plans to participate in, or support the competition in any way.

We look forward to a robust and engaging competition for students, judges, sponsors and supporters next year.

Thank you for your patience and understanding, as well as your continued support of the WSU BPC, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Marie Mayes
Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

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.

Win Cash Prizes

Collegiate League

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

Open Collegiate League

Grand Prize – $5,000

High School League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize – $5,000
Second Place Prize – $2,000
Third Place Prize – $1,000
Fourth Place Prize – $500
Fifth Place Prize – $250

Merit Prizes

BECU Best FinTech Venture 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
Most Outgoing Engineer Prize (sponsored by Larry Gross) – $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, 2019 Winners!

College League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize: Appiture
Herbert B. Jones Second Place Prize: Crimson Medical Solutions
Third Place Prize: HitchHiker Carpooling
Fourth Place Prize: All Aboard
Fifth Place Prize: Obsidian Bot
Honorable Mention: BioMech

Open League Grand Prize: HAYTECH

High School League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize: Videsse
Second Place Prize: Chloe’s Lavendar
Third Place Prize: Vintage Soul Leather Company
Fourth Place Prize: The Bent Carrot
Fifth Place Prize: Paint Box

Merit Prizes

Herbert B. Jones Best Written Plan: Appiture
Herbert B. Jones Best Presentation: Appiture
Herbert B. Jones Best Tech Venture: All Aboard
Herbert B. Jones Best Social Impact Venture: DevCo
BECU Best FinTech: Obsidian Bot
KT Farms & NW Biologic Ag Innovation: HAYTECH
Best Trade Show: Neurochi Meditation
Most Outgoing Engineer:
Shawyon Jaffarbhoy
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Learn more about our 2019 BPC Winners here!

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Appiture, 2019 BPC Grand Prize Winner, with Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business and sponsor Mike Bauer of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation

 

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HAYTECH, 2019 BPC Open League Grand Prize Winner, and Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business and co-sponsor Paul Judge of Idaho Capital Ventures

 

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Videsse, 2019 BPC High School League 1st Place Winner, and Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business and sponsor Mike Bauer of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation

Thank You, 2020 Sponsors!

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