“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.”
Director, WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Congratulations to all the BPC 2018 Participants!
Read about BPC 2018 and the winners here!
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. The company has focused on an issue presented to them by The Boeing Company involving the use of manual labor in cleaning and prepping composite tool molds for use. The issue that companies like Boeing are currently facing with this process is the use of skillful engineers to clean these tools as opposed to working on other engineering tasks. To combat this issue, TEST Robotics has developed the Tool Cleaning Robot, known as the TCR, that works to assist humans in the application of the mold-release agent in the tool 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
We develop a lightweight liquid hydrogen powertrain and fueling system for 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 Engineering, Josef Woloschek – Mechanical Engineering
Third place: BeeToxx
Honey bees are essential for pollination in the fruit and vegetable industries, which directly contributes to the need for feeding the ever-growing population. The agricultural practice of using pesticides is leading to a significant decline in the honey bee population, which results in an increased rate of contracting bees to pollinate hence translating into increased prices for produce in stores. BeeToxx’s solution enables bees to forage and pollinate while providing them with protection from ingested pesticides. Our solution uses a carbon-based microparticle that works to absorb the toxins faster than the epithelial cells within their body. The absorbed pesticide will then be excreted out of the bee as waste.
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 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 is a company that makes machinery that turns waste marijuana leaf into cigar wraps. Fan leaf is part of this waste as fan leaf does not contain THC. That’s A Wrap Machinery is looking to create machinery rather than the cigar wrap as this allows our company to sell our machines across state lines. Our aim is to sell our machines to as many marijuana companies as possible in order to reduce the marijuana industry’s waste while simultaneously improving the marijuana cigar/joint. This product will allow cannabis companies to automate the production of marijuana cigars using their waste fan leaf, reducing their waste costs and allowing them to charge a premium for their marijuana cigar products.
Justyn Cruz – Entrepreneurship, Cameron Martin – Entrepreneurship, Rahmo Ali – Psychology, Corey Ndifon – Mechanical Engineering
Sixth place: Vein Vision
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 freely need to use 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 First Place Winner: Clara June Studios
Clara June Studios focuses on the importance of locality by using clay harvested right here on the Palouse. I also teach pottery lessons, and currently tutor two. In the future, I’d like to take on more students, and do this performing live demos at Wild at Art. A loss leader is that I am a young face, starting ceramics when I was just eleven. My proposal is to grow my business to the next step, adding it to galleries and stores with a focus on my story.
Clara Nickels – Pullman High School
Second place: Chloe’s Lavender
My business creates lavender products, I make soaps, sachets, lotions and much more. All products are natural and organic. I hope to create a franchise like business that is given to other girls who want to start a business.
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.
These toys come in varying levels of complexity, that will still provide an entertaining toy for the child, through three main themes. Mechanics, Kinetics, and Logic.
Zachary Zschoche – Riverpoint High School
Fourth place: Howlets Seam
Online free-lance custom costume tailoring ideal for cosplayers and companies within the entertainment world.
Cara Christiansen – Pullman High School
Fifth place: Gratitude
Our business idea is Gratitude Smoothie Bar: a smoothie, juice, and acai bowl restaurant in the Kelsey Creek Plaza. Our smoothie bar will be a nourishing, healthy breakfast or lunch option for students at nearby high schools, patrons at nearby gyms, and for the public in general to enjoy. We hope to uplift the community with our positive message about gratitude and eating healthy.
Madison Huizinga – Sammamish High School
Best Written Plan: Protium Innovations
Best Presentation: ElectroActive
Patient suffering is a direct result of biofilms which are complex bacteria that infect wounds and disrupt the healing process. Existing treatment methods lose effectiveness over time and recent evidence shows that biofilms are growing resistant to these treatments.Our solution is called the Electrochemical Scaffold, E-Scaffold, unlike existing treatments our product continuously produces a disinfectant which destroys biofilms at the molecular level, allowing the body to heal.
Avery Frank – Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship, Jake Sirianni – Communication, Madison Newberry – Bioengineering, Joseph Hall – Bioengineering
Best Technology Venture: MoleCURE
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of preventable blindness worldwide. Our company, MoleCURE, aims to design an ophthalmological drug delivery device in the form of a contact lens that treats glaucoma through controlled release diffusion. Our company will provide a product that improves patient compliance while remaining profitable for doctors, insurers and other companies involved.
Ryder Matanane – Bioengineering, Isabella Nicosla – Strategic Communication, Daniel Amine – Bioengineering, Sarah Shepherd – Bioengineering
Best Social Impact Business: BeeToxx
BECU Best FinTech: Close to Campus (CTC)
The idea is to create a property management app takes care of payments, creates roommate recommendations for renters, and incorporates a profile rating system that allows renters to evaluate landlords and vice-versa. We are targeting this product to college towns that are full of student renters so that property owners can better manage the risk of having student renters. The app will create incentive for student renters to pay on time, keep the house clean, not have noise complaints, etc. so that their score improves.
Antonio Del Pozo – Finance and Human Resource Management, Nathan Wadhwani – Finance, Derick Omburo – Accounting and Finance, Nicolas Smistad – Finance, Ian Schirato – Finance
CES M2 Up and Coming Award: Candor Clothing
Commonly used fabrics, even for “durable” clothes on the civilian market, are severely lacking in toughness, ease of care, and outdoor performance. Military uniforms are made of fabric that performs excellent in almost all regards, but they are not typically appropriate to wear for casual and business attire. We are developing understated and practical pants for civilian users made of military-grade fabric, just like the Marine Corps uses, but in solid colors rather than camouflage. This new product can easily become the industry standard for durable, all-purpose, and practical civilian clothes.
Joseph Osborn – Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship Keenan Clark – Entrepreneurship, Hanni – Karon – Entrepreneurship
Read about BPC 2017 and the winners here!
Herbert B. Jones Grand Prize Winner: Semplice
Semplice has developed a process that converts acid whey to an all-natural hydrating, refreshing, and tasty nutritious drink that supplements the body with nutrients and helps to maintain a health microbiome. Our process is economical, reproducible, and scalable. Emphasis is placed on reducing the environmental waste and focus on increasing food sustainability.
Andrew Jaboro – Marketing, Henry Baker – Marketing
Herbert B. Jones Second Place Winner: Chimeric Designs
Chimeric Designs is an organization that designs and engineers protein-based tools for the detection and treatment of human diseases. Our vision is an antibody drug conjugates (ADCs) that can deliver a more powerful drug payload. We are developing novel protein structures and engineered conjugation sites on the antibody scaffold. Our designs allow for a multi-functional ADC that can carry multiple types of chemotherapeutics. In essence we can take entire treatment combinations onto a single antibody. We can bring together validated drugs and targets into a more powerful combination. This approach makes a more powerful treatment while reducing side effects.
Afshin Khan – Earth and Environmental Science, Kevin Gray – Chemical Engineering, Alexander Brown – Molecular Bioscience, Aaditi Lele – Molecular Biosciences
Third place: Kulè
Preliminary results of a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project suggests that the consumption of poorly heat treated of milk is correlated to an increase antibiotic resistance. The majority of the milk consumed in developing countries is either not heat treated or poorly heat treated resulting in a significant increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria in developing countries.
Our solution is a simple, easy to use, robust smart pasteurization thermometer that allows villagers to properly pasteurize their milk without the need to boil it (a culturally unacceptable practice) thus reducing the bacteria transmission through milk.
Annalise Miller – Entrepreneurship and Applied Mathematics, Parot (Victor) Charoonsophonsak – Mechanical Engineering
Fourth place: Restore Robotics
Restocking and facing shelves is one of the most expensive tasks in fast moving, brick-and-mortar retail stores. In a traditional Walmart, they have an average of 15 people restocking during the day and 20 to 30 employees restocking during the evening. Many of these employees are inconsistent in their work and do not always restock the shelves properly. For Walmart, staffing employees at this rate result in an annual cost of over $2,000,000 dollars per store.
Smaller format stores, like Dissmores IGA in Pullman, have a similar problem. Although their costs are not quite as dramatic, they still need every advantage they can get to remain competitive with the bigger retail chains. Since these smaller companies have such low-profit margins and sell less volume, they are less inclined to try new strategies to grow and expand their business. This can be detrimental in the long term.
Reducing labor costs required to restock shelves will enable retailers to grow their profit margin and continue to expand their company over time.
Lorin Vandergrift – Computer Science, Jesse Waite – Computer Science, Kelly McCann – Bioengineering
Fifth place: Sense Service
Sense Service makes capturing and processing organic customer data effortless for managers. Through our easily integrated audio recording system, we capture 75% of verbal customer feedback at the point of sales. This data is then processed using our proprietary data analytics system to form a detailed report. This will allow management to better understand customers, improving employee training and customer experience in order to drive sales.
Brian Bickel – Operations Management and Finance, Kayl Coulston – Computer Science, Ryan Pitzer – Mechanical Engineering
Sixth place: One Co.
HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE
Herbert B. Jones First Place Winner: Illusory Gear Box
Second place: Titan Tactical Innovations
Third place: Videsse
Fourth place: SACORE
Best Written Plan: Sense Service
Best Presentation: Kulè
Best Technology Venture: Restore Robotics
Best Social Impact Business: Kulè
Read about BPC 2016 and the winners here!
First Place: Engage
Engage develops medical technology for developing countries with a shortage of resources, initially through the product SafeShot to reduce the spread of blood borne diseases resulting from contaminated injections.
Emily Willard – Bioengineering, Katherine Brandenstein – Bioengineering
Second Place: Protium Innovations
Protium Innovations focuses on the liquefaction of hydrogen. We will take in various sources of gaseous hydrogen, liquefy the hydrogen, and then sell it to the many consumers of hydrogen. Our liquefaction service makes the transportation of hydrogen much more convenient, allowing hydrogen consumers to have the hydrogen supply that they need.
Bailee DePhelps – Mechanical Engineering, Mitchell Scott – Mechanical Engineering, Elijah Shoemake – Mechanical Engineering, Brian Karlberg – Chemical Engineering
Third place: VB Cardio
VBCardio is revolutionizing blood pressure by replacing current technology with an easier-to-use, lower-cost, faster, and simpler technology. Eliminating the need for a cuff, VBCardio will increase hospital revenue by efficiently seeing patients and increasing the number of patients seen per day.
Brandon Graham – Bioengineering, Carena Ramos – Bioengineering, Vikram Chandra – Bioengineering, Joshua Tenzier – Finance, Katherine Keller – Communications
Fourth place: Maggie Cares
MaggieCare, a new app for iOs and Android aims to provide a new age of home care. MaggieCare is an app for seniors and the disabled to easily communicate with their entire support network when help is needed. By using a simplified interface, intuitive prompts, and timely notifications, clients are able engage their entire network, volunteers and qualified professionals, with a few taps.
Joshua Paulsen – MBA, Ruth Hensel – Human Development, Danial Bleile
Fifth place: Fire and Ice Swords LLC
Fire & Ice Swords LLC is an existing company that produces and sells handmade wooden daggers & swords. They come in a variety of designs and are crafted from cedar boards, then embedded with marbles and finished with an aromatic nontoxic oil.
Geoffrey Kraabel – Veterinary Student, Scott Willis – Biochemistry, Matt Green – Computer Programming
Sixth place: Split Tech Innovations
Combining Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) Systems with ductless multi-split heating and cooling systems to create a more efficient system that is cost effective, easy to use and install, and uses less energy than tradition systems.
Alyssa Norris – Civil Engineering, Garvin Price – Business Management, Jake Yates – Mechanical Engineering, Gustavo Miranda – Electrical Engineering
HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE
Herbert B. Jones First Place Winner: BPR Homeowner Services
Second place: Gamr
Third place: Duck Soup It
Fourth place: GiGo
HERBERT B. JONES MERIT PRIZES
Best Written Plan: Protium Innovations
Best Presentation: Protium Innovations
Best Technology Venture: nomAD
Best Social Impact Business: Engage
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
HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE
First place: One Stone Photography
Member: Keely Liles – Mead High School
Second place: M&P Batting Cages
Members: Payton Utzman, Mike Peterson – Pullman High School
Third place: VolunteerMe
Members: Rianne Ellingwood, Kassidy Newsom, Blair Waiting, Conner Breneman – Riverpoint Academy
Fourth place: TekMonkey
Members: Tanmay Garg, Andrew Bailey – Pullman High School
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.
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).
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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.”
CEO, Vega Performance Marketing
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.