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.
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.
2018 finalist judges
Scott Mayfield, Tedder Industries
Dianne LaValley, Robert Half Finance and Accounting
Dan Mahoney, Spokane Angel Alliance Member
Michael Ebinger, University Center for Innovation (WSU)
Corey Orton, US Bank
Lars Gilberts, Spokane University District
Heidi Medford, Washington State University
Megan Hulsey, Startup Spokane
Mark Pond, Spokane Public Library
Katherine Morgan, Spokane Valley Chamber
Jared Theis, KPMG
Dan Wadkins, Lee & Hayes
Ginger Ewing, Washington State Arts Commission
Chris Wood, Ten X Strategies
Mark Gustafson, Avista Corporation
Kim Lybecker, BECU