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
JP Morgan Chase
Herbert B. Jones Foundation
May McCarthy and Don Smith
Friend and Startup Supporters
Kent Johnson & Family (special recognition)
Elgin & Elaine Baylor
Kirsten Curry - Leading Retirement Solutions
Kathleen Miller/Miller Advisors
Paul & Sharon Ramey
Frank Trieu - Evergreen Beauty College
IEC Advisory Board Members
Special Thanks to:
2016 Coaches and Volunteers