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Washington State University Entrepreneurship

OPEN LEAGUE GUIDELINES

Develop ideas, build a team, write a business plan, pitch your idea for real money.

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RULES

ELIGIBILITY

  • The Open League of The WSU Business Plan Competition is open to teams from regional universities who are enrolled in the current spring semester. At least one member of your team must be a currently enrolled student, undergraduate, masters, PhD or professional at one of the following universities:
    • University of Idaho
    • Eastern Washington University
    • Whitworth
    • Gonzaga
    • Central Washington
    • Seattle Pacific University
    • Seattle University
    • Western Washington University
    • University of Washington.
    • University of Oregon
    • Oregon State University
    • North Idaho College
    • Community colleges of Washington and Idaho
  • The top five teams from regional universities will be selected from the Screening Round to compete in the Presentation Round of the Open League.
  • To enter the competition, a team must complete the online registration. Teams should include members possessing the essential background to enable the development of a serious business plan. Interdisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. There is no limit on the number of members; however, only four team members can present in the live presentation round. Small teams are recommended.

COMPETITION RULES

  • Teams must submit all required documentation to advance to each stage of the competition. The 4–7-page summary must include a full set of pro-forma financial statements for five (5) years (statement of cash flows with first year by month, income statement with first year by month, and balance sheet). No teams will advance to the Final Round without full financials.
  • Advancing teams must send at least one team member to the Team Info Session. Remote access will be available on request for teams at other campuses or enrolled online.
  • Advancing teams must also present in person during the Live Presentation Round of the competition. Only four members of the team will be allowed to present their idea before the judges during the Presentation Round of the competition. Advisors and other team members may observe, but may not participate in any way during the presentation, Q&A, or judges’ feedback session.
  • The business plan must be developed during the student’s tenure at the university. Students working with outside entrepreneurs must create an original business plan.
  • The same business idea will not be accepted at the competition more than twice. Repeat submissions after the second attempt will automatically be declined.
  • All submissions to the Business Plan Competition must live up to the higher ideals of Washington State University. Your idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event. The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies reserves the right to disqualify any entry that in its judgment violates the letter or the spirit of the competition or exceeds the bounds of social convention.
  • Prize money will be divided equally among all registered team members.

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Important Dates

 

Team Registration Deadline: February 25, 2022
Executive Summary Due: March 25, 2022
Business Plan & Slide Deck Due: April 15, 2022
Business Plan Competition: April 28, 2022

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team with award checks
HAYTECH, Winner of the 2019 BPC KT Farms/NW Biologic Agricultural Innovation Prize & Open League Grand Prize, with their advisor, George Tanner of the University of Idaho

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.

Patents

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