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Carson College of Business Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies presents:

Business Plan Competition 2018

Congratulations to all of the BPC 2018 participants!
Read more about BPC 2018 and the winners here!


BPC 2018 Winning Team, Test Robotics, with Dean Hunter (right)


Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize Winner: Test Robotics

Herbert B. Jones Second Place Winner: Protium Innovations

Third place: BeeToxx

Fourth place: Laser RevEng

Fifth place: That’s A Wrap

Sixth place: Vein Vision


BPC 2018 presenter David Colburn, part of the fifth place winning team, That’s A Wrap


Madison Newberry and Avery Frank, winners of the Herbert B. Jones Best Presentation Award, present their business idea, ElectroActive
BPC 2018 Winner, Clara Jane Studios, with Dean Hunter (right)


Herbert B. Jones First Place Winner: Clara Jane Studios

Second place: Chloe’s Lavender

Third place: Kits by Zschoche

Fourth Place: Howlets Seam

Fifth Place: Gratitude




BPC 2018 Merit Prize Winners, Close to Campus, with Dean Hunter (right)

Merit Prizes

Herbert B. Jones Merit Prizes

Best Written Plan: Protium Innovations

Best Presentation: ElectroActive

Best Technology Venture: MoleCURE

Best Social Impact Business: BeeToxx

BECU Best FinTech: Close to Campus (CTC)

CES M2 Up and Coming Award: Candor Clothing

Translate theory into practice

If you’re a student entrepreneur or aspiring business owner, the annual Business Plan Competition offers you an unparalleled opportunity to receive guidance as you launch a new venture. Plus, you could win thousands of dollars in prize money.

Gain invaluable career-building experience

Working with a team, you’re given the opportunity to write your own success story:

  • Build skills in a real-world setting. Working on a business plan team enables you to build skills such as leadership; the ability to work in a team; and written and communication skills.
  • Network with industry professionals. The competition culminates in an April event on the WSU Pullman campus. If you’re a finalist, you and your team will be there—and will present your idea to real investors to be judged. Finalists also have the opportunity to exchange ideas with judges over dinner.
  • Prepare to succeed in a global business arena. Exchange ideas with some of the brightest and most creative students from around the world.

Launch a New Venture

  • Get advice and mentoring. Seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts and entrepreneurship faculty mentors devote countless hours to help students navigate the entrepreneurial process.
  • Earn scholarship money. Support prototype development, customer discovery, and business formation.
  • Win prize money!


Winners take home thousands of dollars in cash prizes, thanks to the competition’s generous sponsors.

College league

Grand prize: $15,000; 2nd place: $10,000; 3rd place: $7,000; 4th place: $4,000; 5th place: $2,000;

Merit prizes
  • Herbert B. Jones: $2,500 each
    • Best Written Plan
    • Best Presentation
    • Best Technology Venture
    • Best Social Impact Business
  • BECU: $5,000
    • Best Financial Technology

See college league competition guidelines.

High school league

1st place: $5,000; 2nd place: $3,500; 3rd place: $2,500; 4th place: $1,000;

See high school league competition guidelines.

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    2018 Business Plan Competition Winners

    Registration and business plan submission

    • Registration Opens: TBA
    • Registration Closes: TBA
    • Deadline to submit 1-page Executive Summary: TBA


    Volunteer to be a mentor!
    Apply here


    Marie Mayes
    Marie Mayes
    Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
    Clinical Assistant Professor, MISE
    Commons Hall 110B
    Fax: 509-335-2182


    Allison P. Sellers
    Student Venture Manager, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
    Commons Hall 110A

    Thank you for your 2018 contributions


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    Dave and Deborah Grant


    Carol Anne Ebert Sears and David Sears

    WSU Office of Research


    Start early

    Preparation for the competition begins in earnest in January and concludes April 20. See the schedule for details.

    • Form a team
    • Take a class
    • Apply for start-up resources
    • Smart Start
    • Scholarships for Legal Assistance

    Resource Nights

    Resource Nights bring in experts from the local community to teach various aspects of writing and presenting a business plan. Offered throughout spring semester, sessions are open to students and the public.

    Ownership and disclosure

    All contestants 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


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