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Top Performers in Past Competitions

“The Business Plan Competition provides a unique opportunity for students from diverse majors across campus to come together to create multidisciplinary teams,” said Marie Mayes, director of the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. “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, WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Read about past winners of the Business Plan Competition

2016 Business Plan Competition

2015 Business Plan Competition

2014 Business Plan Competition

2016

Read more about BPC 2016 and the winners here!

Congratulations to all the BPC 2016 Participants!

COLLEGE LEAGUE

First place: Engage

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Second place: Protium Innovations

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Third place: VB Cardio

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Fourth place: Maggie Cares

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Fifth place: Fire and Ice Swords LLC

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Sixth place: Split Tech Innovations

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HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE

First place: BPR Homeowner Services – $5,000 prize

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Second place: Gamr – $3,500 prize

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Third place: Duck Soup It – $2,500 prize

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Fourth Place: GiGo – $1,000 prize

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Merit Prizes – $2,500 prize each

Best Written Plan: Protium Innovations

Best Presentation: Protium Innovations

Best Technology Venture: nomAD

Best Social Impact Business: Engage

2015

Twenty-eight student-led business plan teams from across the globe gathered at Washington State university’s (WSU) Carson College of Business this weekend to compete in the 13th annual WSU Business Plan Competition. WSU teams from the Pullman campus, international teams from China, Switzerland and Tanzania and Washington high school students showcased their innovative ideas before panels of academics and industry professionals.

COLLEGE LEAGUE

First place: Go KEFI

Travel website that plans vacations based off the user’s desired experiences and budget. Users describe their ideal trip through an interactive survey that asks about budget, climate, accommodations, travel time, and desired experiences.

Amanda Scott, Monica Bomber, Troy Carpenter, Derek Hyatt, Travis Person

Second place: Co-Optical

Medical device start-up creating a non-invasive and continuous blood glucose monitor offering a painless and convenient alternative to the current methods used to aid in diabetes management.

Samuel Byrd, Zane Duke, Amber Graviet, Qassem Naim

Third place: Salud!

Counter-top automatic cocktail machine that enables users to enjoy a variety of single-serve cocktails without the need to separately purchase mixers and other ingredients.

Mary Blevins, Jonathan Marsh, Steven McCutcheon, Simbiat Yusuff

Fourth place: Surfacide Solutions LLC

An antimicrobial coating “[Cu]poxy” that harnesses the natural antimicrobial properties of copper to proactively and continuously protect against viral and bacterial transmission from high touch surfaces.

Sam Robertson, Kristin Bryant, Connor Harber, Christina Crow, Brian Gabriel

Fifth place: SkyScan

Custom, light-weight, power efficient sense and avoid solutions (SAA) that addresses Federal Aviation Administration mid-air collision concerns for companies that develop and operate large, unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones.

Sam Fosberg, Noel Wang, Jeff Epperson, Nicole Hessner

“The Business Plan Competition provides a unique opportunity for students from diverse majors across campus to come together to create multidisciplinary teams,” said Marie Mayes, director of the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. “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, WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE

First place: One Stone Photography $5,000 prize

Member: Keely Liles – Mead High School

 

Second place: M&P Batting Cages – $3,500 prize

Members: Payton Utzman, Mike Peterson – Pullman High School

 

Third place: VolunteerMe – $2,500 prize

Members: Rianne Ellingwood, Kassidy Newsom, Blair Waiting, Conner Breneman – Riverpoint Academy

 

Fourth Place: TekMonkey – $1,000 prize

Members: Tanmay Garg, Andrew Bailey – Pullman High School

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2014

In the 12th annual Business Plan Competition, competitors not only hailed from WSU and regional high schools, but from China, Switzerland, and Tanzania as well. Participating teams’ business plans spanned industries as diverse as health care, aerospace, agriculture, and construction. Patents were pending on some student innovations.

College league

First place: Ze-HunterS (China)

The team developed an electronic blackboard that could make classrooms more efficient and improve the quality of students’ learning experience. The FunMi e-board lets users operate a touch screen anywhere, even on ordinary white walls.

Second place: Mobile Foam

Mobile Foam aids organizations providing international relief construction by supplying simple building kits to construct a home using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF). The kits contain the necessary materials—such as floor plans and portable molds—and consulting and safety information to produce an energy-efficient home. Mobile Foam also placed first in the Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition in April 2014 and won Best Sustainable Business Idea at the University of Washington Foster School of Business competition in May 2014.

Find out more about Mobile Foam and the ICF building product (pdf).

Follow Mobile Foam on Twitter.

Third place: Fly Safe

Fly Safe L.L.C. designed a more reliable airspeed sensor to help improve the safety of air travel and reduce costs by replacing pitot tubes, which are currently used to provide airspeed measurement to pilots. The Fly Safe team is also part of the Boeing Scholars Program.

Read more about Fly Safe (pdf).

Fourth place: Salud!

The students developed an automatic cocktail machine that enables users to enjoy a variety of single-serve cocktails without the need to purchase mixer, alcohol, and ingredients.

Fifth place: Northwest Engineering Curricula

The team designed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curricula directed toward high school students to develop creativity and critical thinking skills.

“The competition showcased the value and international scope of the entrepreneurship program at WSU. Ze-HunterS stood out in that they are already marketing an exciting technology which they conceived and built. Their virtually flawless presentation was a testament to their preparation and has established a new benchmark for future teams.”

—Pat Murphy
CEO, Vega Performance Marketing
Competition judge

High school league

First place: Art by Chelsea

A student at Riverpoint Academy in Spokane created a customizable artwork business selling her own acrylic paintings.

Second place: Rocky Mountain Hostel

Students from Sammamish High School in Bellevue created a concept for a youth hostel in Salt Lake City.

Third place: Paintball

Pullman High School students developed a proposal for an indoor paintball facility in Pullman.

Fourth place: Green Scapes

A team of students from Bothell High School created a concept for a landscaping company that provides off-season home maintenance and summer vacation home monitoring services.

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