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Albers School of Business and Economics

Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition


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.

2016 Business Plan Competition Winners

  • Grand Prize Winne - Madrone School
  • 2nd Place Prize - CakeBreak
  • 3rd Place Prize - Connect Strategies
  • 4th Place Prize- HandyMaps
  • Elgin & Elaine Baylor Social Enterprise Award - KeyTech Labs


2016 Sponsors

Venture Supporter

JP Morgan Chase

Angel Supporters

Herbert B. Jones Foundation

May McCarthy and Don Smith

Champion Supporters

John Meisenbach/MCM

Rob Harris/PMI

Brenda Christensen

Friend and Startup Supporters

Kent Johnson & Family (special recognition)

Elgin & Elaine Baylor

Kirsten Curry - Leading Retirement Solutions

Don Leuthold

Kathleen Miller/Miller Advisors

Paul & Sharon Ramey

Frank Trieu - Evergreen Beauty College

IEC Advisory Board Members

Special Thanks to:

2016 Coaches and Volunteers

2015 Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Winners: Nocturnal Brewing


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.