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The Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition is the year's main event for Seattle University's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC). Prominent early-stage company investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the Seattle area will judge the presentations by the final four student teams. Prizes Prior winners have launched actual ventures that have successfully raised more than $4 million in initial capital.
Special thanks to the many individuals who have generously shared their time and energy in this competition, including sponsors, mentors, judges, presenters, staff, and IEC Advisory Board members.
The Business Plan Competition was started in 1998 by Dr. Harriet Stephenson, a Seattle University faculty member since 1967. It is designed to help students and alumni in launching new business ventures, including for-profit businesses, not-for-profit businesses, corporate entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. Participants enhance their Seattle University learning experience, gain feedback on ideas, develop networks, are encouraged to participate in the UW’s northwest invitational business plan competition, and expose their ideas to potential investors.
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Check out the past winners of the Business Plan Competitions.
Seattle University’s 17th annual Business Plan Competition is designed to help students and alumni in launching new business ventures:
As part of this experience, participants will enhance their Seattle University learning experience, gain feedback on ideas, develop networks, be encouraged to participate in the UW’s northwest invitational business plan competition, and expose their ideas to potential investors.
Yes. The Grand Prize winner will walk away with $10,000! Please see below for all award categories and prizes.
Note: While not expected, please note that cash prizes and prize categories are subject to change.
Any enrolled Seattle University students or Seattle University alumni can participate in the competition (see Rules & Eligibility for details). A team participating in the competition can consist of one or more contestants and can include non-students. However, there must be at least one SU student or alumnus on each team. We encourage all participants to take advantage of all the resources provided, mentors, prep sessions, etc.
There are three major parts to the competition:
Teams must comply with the following criteria to be eligible for the competition. Please read carefully! (NOTE: We have done our best to align our rules with the UW 2014 Business Plan Competition rules so contestants can participate in both competitions with the same material. However, please be aware there may be slight differences. See bottom of page for details).
Note: University of Washington Business Plan Competition may have the additional qualifications:
The Seattle University Business Plan Competition considers all submitted business plans as confidential and treats all team matters accordingly. But, due to the nature of the event, we cannot guarantee complete confidentiality for proprietary matters. Seattle University, The Entrepreneurship Center, the Albers School of Business and Economics, and the organizers of the competition are not responsible for any proprietary information and/or intellectual property included in a submitted business plan.
Ultimately, protection of sensitive materials such as intellectual property, copyright, or patent confidentiality is the sole responsibility of the individual or team participating in the competition. Non-Disclosure Agreements will not be signed by judges, mentors, or any SU staff associated with the business plan competition, so please do not ask.
IEC Holiday and BPC Mixer6:00 -8pm in Admission & Alumni Building
"Pitching a Powerful Story" SessionNoon-1:15pm in Pigott Hall 416
"Inspiring Innovators and Entrepreneurs-Speaker Series"Noon-1:15pm in Pigott Hall 103
DEADLINE to submit Intent to Enter. Due by 12 p.m/Noon (NO EXCEPTIONS). The Intent to Enter form is available on the EC website: http://www.seattleu.edu/albers/programs/entrepreneurship
DEADLINE to submit Business Plan Summary (2-3 pages). Due by 12 p.m (NO EXCEPTIONS). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2-3 page business plan summary will be your official submission to the Business Plan Competition.
The Screening Round begins. Business plans will be reviewed by a panel of judges and will determine whether who continues on to the Trade Show/Elevator Pitch Round.
Announcement of which teams are advancing to the Trade Show/Elevator Pitch Round. Judge's critiques of business plans will be returned electronically by March 6th.
"Pitching a Powerful Story" SessionNoon-1:15pm in Lemieux Library Room TBD
MANDATORY Business Plan Competition /Entrepreneurs Mini Boot campPigott Hall 103 from 9 am- Noon.
DEADLINE to submit electronic copy of a one-page business summary due (must be submitted to email@example.com by 12 p.m., NO EXCEPTIONS).
Trade Show 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Campion BallroomThe Trade Show is open to the Seattle University community, friends, family, colleagues, and the public. Set-up can begin at 9:30 am.
Elevator Pitch Round11 a.m. - 2 p.m. TBD, on campus
Notification to Trade Show/Elevator Pitch Round participants of which teams advance to the Final Round.
TBD (tentative)First round of coaching sessions for teams advancing to the final round. These mandatory sessions are generally two hours per team.
TBD (tentative)Second round of coaching sessions for teams advancing to the final round. These mandatory sessions are generally two hours per team.
DEADLINE to submit complete business plan (12-15 pages with up to 5 additional pages for appendix allowed). Submit electronic copy as attachment due to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm.
Final Presentation Day4:00 -7:30pm in Campion Ballroom
As I have worked my way through the process I have learned far more than I expected and worked harder than I ever planned, but I found that the building of a business plan and the working to solve the many business issues that come up as each piece of information became known has been the most rewarding part of the process.
I’m not exaggerating at all when I say this experience was the hardest I have worked during my academic career at Seattle U (both grad and undergrad) but also the most rewarding – This competition forces you (and allows you!) to blend every single class, subject and lesson into one experience.
I want to express how incredibly valuable the business plan competition has been. I feel extremely blessed to have benefited from the mentoring and intense coaching sessions. My plan is stronger, my business is stronger, and the experience has exponentially increased the value of my MBA coursework at Albers