2017 was good to us!

The 2017 NEC competition welcomed finalist teams from seven separate institutions with submissions ranging from social enterprises, student inventions to community partnerships.

“I am so proud of the NEC’s amazing story- a dedicated regional community supporting talented, innovative students as they begin their entrepreneurial journeys. I consider it a privilege to help tell that story.”
— Meagan Garrett, Principal, BrandVenture Consulting
First place winner, Traveler's Bracelet, from Gonzaga University

First place winner, Traveler's Bracelet, from Gonzaga University

Technology Category

Travelers Bracelet - 1st place Gonzaga University
Wearable technology to prevent loss or theft of property while traveling.

Sense Service - 2nd place Washington State University
Providing e-commerce level analytics to brick-and-mortar stores using audio feedback collection devices at the point of sale.

Hitch Hiker - 3rd place  Mead High School
A mobile app that allows ride sharing among broad population groups in a safe way.

First place winner, Illusory Gearbox, from Riverpoint Academy

First place winner, Illusory Gearbox, from Riverpoint Academy

traditional category

Illusory Gear Box  - 1st place                         Riverpoint Academy
Custom, wooden toy kits that children can assemble and interact with in a variety of ways.

Titan Tactical Innovations - 2nd place                    Riverpoint Academy
Providing secure and easy way for military service people to carry tourniquets within their existing tactical vests, saving space and lives.

Polymorphic Games - 3rd place                            University of Idaho
Unique video game platform where the antagonist evolves based on the skill of the game player.

First place winner, Style Her Empowered, from University of Idaho

First place winner, Style Her Empowered, from University of Idaho

open category

Style Her Empowered - 1st place                           University of Idaho
Providing girls in the developing world a way to become economically self-sustainable and educated through the creation of school uniforms.

Slider Shears - 2nd place Whitworth University
Innovative new shears for use in the hair salon industry that reduce repetitive motion injuries.

Barrel CRM - 3rd place University of Idaho
Online and mobile CRM app for businesses in the craft beer and wine industry.


2017 NEC Photo Gallery

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Thank you again to our generous sponsors who made the 2017 Northwest Entrepreneur Competition possible - Herbert B. Jones Foundation, STCU and Avista Corporation.