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. No students are present at this round - only judges, online team submissions, pizza and beverages.

2020 PITCH PREMIER NIGHT - Wednesday, 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 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 by the host organization every year.

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