Announcing the 2023 HSBPC Semi-Finalist Teams!

April 6, 2021

We are delighted to officially announce the Semi-Finalist Teams selected for the esteemed 2023 Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition!

Following a rigorous evaluation process among a highly competitive pool of applicants, these selected teams have presented exceptional business plans that have distinctly set them apart. It is with great anticipation that we await the upcoming Semi-Finals, where the 12 chosen teams will showcase their presentations in-person.


Shilpa Allimatti, EMBA ‘23 

All-day summer camp that creates a safe space for school aged children. 


Defiance Firearms 

Zachary Chastaine, Law ‘24 

Navigator for the Washington firearms industry serving both new and established entrants. 


Easy Referral

Aditi Somani, MSBA ’24 

Platform connecting students to alumni for job opportunities.  


Encocoa, LLC 

Dawn Meader McCausland, PMBA ‘23 

Socially conscious craft chocolate. 


Yamato Suizi, EE ‘26 

Virtual Talent Agency. 



Aaron Bekken, LEMBA ‘23 

Subscription-based service of regular filter and battery replacement for homeowners. 

Idli on Wheels 

Preeti Suryakumar, MSBA ‘23 

South Indian, healthy food truck.  


Heidi Dishneau, ARNP, AOCNP, Exec MBA candidate, LEMBA ‘23 

Virtual platform supporting the healthcare needs of women experiencing breast cancer. 

Karen AI 

Zachary Jeffreys, MSCS ‘23 

The all-in-one AI dashboard. 


Oakmoss Laboratory Services 

Irina Mueller, PhD, PMBA ‘23 

Professional services for junior research faculty. 

Pock It 

Naomi Guidry , MBA ‘24 

Innovative aftermarket products to enhance the performance, appearance, and functionality of existing clothing. 



Vincent Reitinger, ME ‘25 

Novel technology to extend transplant organ viability.

We would love to see you at the Semi-Finals on May 11, 2023, to see which team advances to the Final Four. 

The Business Plan Competition was started in 1998 by Dr. Harriet Stephenson, a Seattle University faculty member who began teaching in 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, and expose their ideas to potential investors. SU IEC launches the 23rd Annual HSBPC – teams led by students and alumni advance through three rounds of judging and feedback to see who will take home the $20,000 Grand Prize.