Opportunities to participate.

The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition has two judging rounds with a distinct set of judges participating in each.


preliminary Judging

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.

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 judging

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.


2017 finalist judges

Ryan Arnold

Andy Barrett, The Toolbox

Robin Bishop, Healthcare Resource Group

Hannah Camacho, Gravity Jack

Michael Ebinger, University Center for Innovation (WSU)

Justin Hancock, STCU

James Hunt, HOTSTART

Heidi Medford, Washington State University

Kelsey Parker, The First Tee of the Inland Northwest

Mark Pond, Spokane Public Library

Josiah Roloff, Global CompuSearch

Jared Theis, KPMG

Dan Wadkins, Lee & Hayes

Charlie Wolff, SDS Realty

Chris Wood, Ten X Strategies