The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition (NEC) is a collaborative student startup competition dedicated to providing students with the invaluable academic exercise of implementing their innovative ideas for new businesses. With a total of  $42,000 in prize money and $20,000 in professional resources, the NEC provides young entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to turn a business plan into a life plan.


The NEC is hosted at Whitworth University


2019 competition timeline

February 15th - Pitch Videos and Executive Summaries Due

March 4th - Finalists Announced

March 22nd - Finalists Business Plans Submitted

April 18th - Northwest Entrepreneur Competition's Final Investor Pitches


Avista has been actively supporting the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition for more than a decade. The annual business plan competition is an integral part of our regions’ strategy to create new ideas that can be transformed into viable new business starts, which aligns perfectly with Avista’s commitment to education and economic development.
— Steve Trabun, Regional Business Manager, Avista Corporation