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.
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.
2017 finalist judges
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