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Washington State University Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Congratulations, 2018 Winners!

College League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize Winner: Test Robotics

Test Robotics is devoted to creating products that improve on methods used in simple, yet important tasks in industrial corporations. in 2018, we developed a Tool Cleaning Robot (TCR) to assist humans in cleaning and prepping composite tool molds for use, to both reduce costs and increase safety in the cleaning process.

Emily Ternes – Hospitality Business Management, Samantha Chapman – Integrated Strategic Communication, Timothy Kaiser – Electrical Engineering, Troy Potensky – Mechanical Engineering

Herbert B. Jones Second Place Winner: Protium Innovations

Our team has developed a lightweight liquid hydrogen powertrain and fueling system for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturers who require reliable, long endurance electric flight. Our lightweight tank enables 8-hour flight times, high reliability, and 5X longer maintenance intervals than gasoline fueled propulsion systems. The result is fewer UAVs needed for a mission, lower rates of downed aircraft recovery, and reduced operating costs.

Elijah Shoemake – Mechanical EngineeringJosef Woloschek – Mechanical Engineering

Third Place: BeeToxx

The agricultural practice of using pesticides is leading to a significant decline in the honey bee population, which increases costs for food producers that they then pass on to customers. BeeToxx’s solution is a carbon-based microparticle that absorbs toxins and can be added to bee feed, which protects them from pesticides as they forage and pollinate.

Rachelle Muzones – Bioengineering, Ashlie Adams – Bioengineering, Rollen Bailey – Entrepreneurship, Tru Petrilli – Entrepreneurship, Jason Williams – Entrepreneurship, Kamu Taululei – Biology, Hayley Sandberg – Communications

Fourth Place: Laser RevEng

Laser RevEng is introducing innovative AI and ML technologies for Laser Tag arenas that improve game-play experience, engage spectators, and assist staff acting as game marshals.

Johnny Wang – Humanity, Sean Kallaher – Computer Science, James Irwin – Computer Science, Brandon Kallaher – Computer Engineering, Aaron Crandall – Computer Science

Fifth Place: That’s A Wrap

That’s A Wrap Machinery makes machinery that turns waste marijuana leaf into cigar wraps. Our aim is to help reduce the marijuana industry’s waste, while simultaneously improving marijuana products for consumers.

Justyn Cruz – Entrepreneurship, Cameron Martin – Entrepreneurship, Rahmo Ali – Psychology, Corey Ndifon – Mechanical Engineering

Sixth Place: VeinVision

VeinVision is a novel technology that will speed and ease the process of IV catheter placement. The design of our product benefits EMTs and nurses who need to free use of their hands to prepare treatments, while the vein identifier maintains its position on the patient’s arm via the cuff. Our mission to improve patient outcomes through better medical technologies drives the development of VeinVision.

Kaitlin Pankratz – Bioengineering, Thomas Goble – Neuroscience, Kenneth Eversole – Computer Science

High School League

Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize Winner: Clara June Studios

Clara June Studios uses clay harvested on the Palouse to create unique pottery and ceramics and also conducts pottery classes for local hobbyists and artisans.

Clara Nickels – Pullman High School

Second Place: Chloe’s Lavender

Chloe’s Lavender produces a variety of organic lavender bath products –  soaps, sachets, lotions and much more.

Chloe Legreid – Pullman High School

Third Place: Kits by Zschoche

Kits by Zschoche creates STEM-based toys and kits for children ages 4 through 13 that will help teach cognitive skills, and encourage creativity through uniquely designed toys, and kits.

Zachary Zschoche – Riverpoint High School

Fourth Place: Howlets Seam

Howlets Seam is an online, free-lance custom costume tailoring, ideal for cosplayers and companies in the entertainment world.

Cara Christiansen – Pullman High School

Fifth Place: Gratitude

Gratitude will be a smoothie, juice, and acai bowl restaurant that will provide a healthy breakfast or lunch option in Kelsey Creek Plaza for students at nearby high schools, patrons at nearby gyms, and for the public in general to enjoy.

Madison Huizinga – Sammamish High School


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Test Robotics, Grand Prize Winner, 2018 BPC



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Tru Petrilli and Kamu Taulelei of BeeToxx congratulating each other on a job well done at the 2018 BPC Awards Dinner



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Rahmo Ali and David Colburn of That’s a Wrap celebrating at the 2018 BPC Awards Dinner



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2018 BPC High School Grand Prize Winner, Clara June Studios, with Mike Bauer of the Herbert B. Jones Foundation and Dean Chip Hunter of the Carson College of Business



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Nathan Young, 2018 BPC participant, having fun at the awards dinner

The Business Plan Competition provides a unique opportunity for students from diverse majors across campus to collaborate on ventures. The most successful teams leverage the diverse perspectives and skills of their members, which helps them overcome some of the key problems that can plague startups.— Marie Mayes , director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

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