Just the beginning.
The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition encourages all students to submit plans regardless of their intent to launch. However, many of the competition's winners and finalists have gone on to successfully start innovative companies operated in the Inland Northwest. Collectively they have generated over $165 million in revenue and currently employ 245 people and counting.
A 2008 first place winner, etailz is a technology and big data-driven retailer that utilizes proprietary software and advanced analytics to source products. Etaliz employs more than 160 people in Spokane and has gained national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in Washington State.
A 2015 first place winner, MotoTrax produces the only motorcycle inspired snow bike kit on the market. Based in Moscow, ID, MotoTrax is rapidly expanding since winning at the NEC, acquiring funding and hiring employees.
A 2014 first place winner, Photoboxx is a social media hashtag printer whose clients include Coca Cola, Teen Vogue, the Seattle Seahawks, Harley Davidson and Facebook. Based in Spokane, WA Photoboxx continues to build a thriving technology startup with local and national impact.