Congratulations to the 2009 Business Plan Competition winners!

We had a record 90 student teams apply to the competition by sending us their 5 to 7 page executive summaries. Eighty-one judges screened that group down to 33 teams at the beginning of April. At the Investment Round in late-April, those 33 teams pitched their hearts out to 205 judges. Sixteen teams advanced to the Sweet 16 and Thursday the Sweet 16 teams gave it their all and presented to the judges. Five incredible teams made it to the Final Round, where they presented to seven judges. See below for the results!!

As you can see, lean and green is no longer a trend but part of the entrepreneurial fabric of the Pacific Northwest. The future of start-ups is in sustainable products, whether that’s wood flooring or water dispensers or electronics that conserve energy. We would like to thank the judges, sponsors, volunteers, faculty, and our colleagues at Seattle University, Washington State University, Seattle Pacific, Evergreen, Pacific Lutheran, Seattle Central, UW Bothell, Western Washington, and Whitworth. It takes a community raise an entrepreneur!

$25,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation Grand Prize
Nanocel, UW, Seattle U
Provides high performance liquid cooling solutions to the electronics market.
Dustin Miller, PhD Mechanical Engineering; Daniel Rossi, Evening MBA; Todd Fishman, Seattle U MBA; Mehar Pratap Singh, Evening MBA; and Noah Stockton, Evening MBA

$10,000 Bristlecone-Selamat Challenge Second Prize
Energizing Solutions, UW
Washington corporation with patent pending technology to help industrial facilities switch from predictive to preventative maintenance on their electric motors, cutting maintenance costs by more than 70%.
Brian Pepin, BS Electrical Engineering; Marc Ramme, MBA; and Anthony Simon, BS Electrical Engineering

$5,000 Fenwick & West Finalist Prize
Shockmetrics, UW
Technology that is able to detect shock in patients before it becomes terminal.
Ryan Bergsman, Evening MBA; Anthony Rodriguez, PhD Bioengineering; Erik Roby, BS 2008

$5,000 WRF Capital Finalist Prize
HydroSense, UW
A revolutionary water sensor that detects fixture-level usage from a single point in a home or business.
Jon Froehlich, PhD Computer Science; Conor Haggerty, BS Community, Environment and Planning; Tim Campbell, BS Mechanical Engineering; Jenna Lee, PhD Psychology; Zach Okun, MBA; Vandan Parikh, MBA; and Debbie Tran, MBA

BEST IDEA PRIZES
The BEST IDEA prizes were created to reward teams in the Business Plan Competition for their exceptional work in several different categories.  The teams receiving these prizes were selected by a special group of judges during the Investment Round.  This year we gave away SIX $2,500 Best Idea Prizes.

OVP Best Technology Idea
Nanocel, UW, Seattle U
Provides high performance liquid cooling solutions to the electronics market.
Dustin Miller, PhD Mechanical Engineering; Daniel Rossi, Evening MBA; Todd Fishman, Seattle U MBA; Mehar Pratap Singh, Evening MBA; and Noah Stockton, Evening MBA

SEBA Best Innovation Idea
Shockmetrics, UW
Technology that is able to detect shock in patients before it becomes terminal.
Ryan Bergsman, Evening MBA; Anthony Rodriguez, PhD Bioengineering; Erik Roby, BS 2008

Summit Law Group Best Consumer Product Idea
Big Canvas, UW
We take mobile/always-connected communication to the next level, beyond texting and Twitter, by offering richer media expressed through photos and creative arts to our users.
Adam Goldblatt, EMBA, and Satoshi Nakajima, EMBA

DLA Piper Best Service/Retail Idea
ecowell
, WSU
Will design, deploy and manage a network of litter-free, beverage dispensing kiosks that allow users to customize their drink, and pay 50% less than bottled beverages while doing so.  Kiosks will offer automatic customer identification, environmental messaging, and targeted advertisements.
Brian Boler, BS Electrical Engineering; Reid Schilperoort, BA Finance and Entrepreneurship; Andy Whitaker, BS Electrical Engineering and Chinese, and Don Tilton

Keeler Investments Best Clean-Tech Idea
HydroSense, UW
A revolutionary water sensor that detects fixture-level usage from a single point in a home or business.
Jon Froehlich, PhD Computer Science; Conor Haggerty, BS Community, Environment and Planning; Tim Campbell, BS Mechanical Engineering; Jenna Lee, PhD Psychology; Zach Okun, MBA; Vandan Parikh, MBA; and Debbie Tran, MBA

Sensors in Motion Best Sustainable Advantage Idea
Sisalwood
, UW
A sustainable alternative to hardwood for interior design and furniture.
Jason Hahn, MBA; Lindsey Sheets, MBA; and Payan ole-MoiYoi