March 14
Round 1 Entry
May 01
May 29
Finals & Awards


Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition Background

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.

2019 Business Plan Competition Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner - Hatch
  • 2nd Place Prize - Teak & Timber
  • 3rd Place Prize - StartDate
  • 4th Place Prize- Cashe Butte Distillery
  • Swilo Social Innovation Award - Garden Grounds
  • John Castle Award - LyfeTech

2018 Business Plan Competition Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner - Vita Inclinata Technologies
  • 2nd Place Prize - Arevo Health
  • 3rd Place Prize - GrowZones
  • 4th Place Prize- No Fry Zone
  • Runner Up - Air in Action
  • Swilo Social Innovation Award - Jose's Little Taste of Venezuela
  • John Castle Award - CareerLight

2017 Business Plan Competition Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner - Discovery Health
  • 2nd Place Prize - Mot Mot Coffee Company
  • 3rd Place Prize - CooperKade
  • 4th Place Prize- Brew University
  • Elgin & Elaine Baylor Social Enterprise Award - MiMi Globe Goods
  • Runner Up - Nuciano


Amelia Marckworth

Amelia Marckworth

Interim Director