Opportunities to participate.
The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition has two judging rounds with a distinct set of judges participating in each.
The first round of judges participate in a stand alone event to determine the eight finalists in each category - 24 finalists total in three categories. No students are present at this round - only judges, online team submissions, pizza and beverages.
2019 PITCH PREMIER NIGHT - Tuesday, February 26th
The Pitch Premier Night is sponsored by:
The pitch premier night is hosted at Startup Spokane Central - the inland northwest's first stop for entrepreneurship assistance and resources.
Finalist judges examine their category's top eight business plans and attend the Investor Pitches during the half day Northwest Entrepreneur Competition final event. The top three business plans in each category are honored during the awards ceremony at the end of the competition hosted every year at Whitworth University.
NEC judges proudly cover a multitude of industries and represent local, regional and national businesses. Hand selected and vetted, judges provide a breadth and depth of knowledge in determining which student startups demonstrate the greatest potential.
2019 finalist judges
Joe Perella, Plug n Play
Dianne LaValley, Robert Half Finance and Accounting
Mark Gustafson, Avista Corporation
Hannah Camacho, Numerica Credit Union
Michael Ebinger, University Center for Innovation (WSU)
Brady Ryan, University of Washington, CoMotion Labs
Lars Gilberts, Spokane University District
Carol Christensen, City of Spokane
Tyler Lafferty, Seven2
Jared Theis, KPMG
Dan Wadkins, Lee & Hayes
Jackie Caro, Washington State Arts Commission
Scott de Rozic, CloudEngage
Nicolle Hansen, SNAP
Bret Price, BECU
Cyndi Lane, BECU
Raevyn West, Engie