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.
Seattle University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the Albers School of Business and Economics launches the 24th Annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition (HSBPC) – teams led by students and alumni advance through three rounds of judging and feedback to see who will take home the $10,000 Grand Prize.
The HSBPC is a public event and draws hundreds of investors, advisors, business leaders, community members, students, alumni, and faculty as audience members. The Semi-Finals round consists of a fastpitch competition and a two-hour trade show that will be held in person this year. The competition ends with The Finals & Awards Celebration, which will also be held in person.
The IEC has launched entrepreneurial leaders for 30 years, providing students and supporters experiential engagement opportunities and life-long connections. Past winners of the HSBPC range from a nonprofit school for children with autism (The Madrone School, 2016) to a drone technology company valued at $150 million that is contracting with the US military (Vita Inclinata Technologies, 2018).
HSBPC Program Details & Application
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