2021 EWU (virtual) Startup Challenge!!
Create the next EWU student business success story!! Last year, 10 teams earned over $1,000, and one team earned $16,500!!
**Teams may have up to four team members.
**All must be 2020-21 EWU students.
How to enter:
Come up with an idea for a new business and submit a 2-minute elevator pitch video—that’s all there is to it!
Go to our StartUp Challenge page and fill out an apllication with your name, contact information, from one to three sentances about your startup, and a link to your pitch video. Please upload your video to youtube (we suggest you set it as unlisted and not pulblic). Send us the link with your apllication and your good to go! Not sure how to make a pitch video? We have tips and resources also on our StartUp Challenge page.
Teams who advance to the live pitch rounds will get mentoring and developmental feedback from judges at each step!
INITIAL ENTRIES DUE: February 7th at 11pm
Thanks to our sponsors!!
EWU Startup Challenge Event Sponsor: Herbert B. Jones Foundation
$25 Gift Card Sponsor & Stage 3 Best Pitch Sponsor: Consolidated Electrical Distributors
Llyod V. Dees
Entrepreneurial Accomplishments while at EWU...
"I’ve won the following awards and distinctions:
Technology Commercialization Fellow, Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA) 'Most Promising Business Award for TCA 2019,' Certificate of Achievement (Marketplace Simulations), EWU Ideation and Value Proposition Design Challenge, EWU Product/Service Design Challenge, Best Technology Commercialization for 2020
Competitions I have competed in:
Finalists in the Northwest Entrepreneurs Competition 2018, Finalist in the EWU Pitch Competition 2018, Finalists in the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization 2019, Finalists in the Texas Christian University Competition 2020, Runner Up in the Eagle Nest Pitch Competition
Programs I have completed:
National Science Foundation Program, Innovation Corps, Technology Commercialization Academy
Other Entrepreneurial Endeavors in College:
Venture Capital Intern, Went to the Global Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization Conference, President of Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization."
Do you approve the EWU Center for Entrepreneurship doing a Student Entrepreneurs Spotlight featuring you on our website?
Tell us about your business
"Green Filter Guys Inc. is a filter company trying to revolutionize the smoking experience. We are trying to help provide Cannabis and Tobacco Smokers a cleaner experience that provides superior results. We have exclusive rights to a patented filter material that can filter out toxins with biodegradable filter material."
How did you come up with the idea?
"My Co-Founder and I were going though the EWU Technology Academy and came across the IP and found a market to commercialize it."
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
"Getting ready to pitch for Investment. Preparing everything for going up for Investment has been extremely challenging. We are trying to position ourselves so that we are the most attractive investment opportunity possible. Getting for ready for investors to do due diligence on us and making sure we know all the terms and ready for investment."
What have been your biggest successes so far?
"I think my biggest success so far has been successfully completing the National Science Foundation Program and earning a Federal Grant. The process was fun and I learned a lot from doing it."
Please share an entrepreneurship memory from your time at EWU
"This isn’t necessarily a specific memory, but a series of events. I think the funniest thing about the EWU Entrepreneurship Program is that everyone you run into either in the Greater Spokane Entrepreneurial Community or in International Conferences everyone knows the Director Dr. Bruce Teague. He gets around."