Pacific Northwest (PNW)
The EIC mobilizes entrepreneurial students to apply their knowledge and ingenuity to solve environmental problems. Since 2009, the Buerk Center has awarded $416K in prototype funding and prize money to teams whose innovations address alternative energy production, clean water, fuel efficiency, etc. This annual challenge is open to students from colleges and universities across the Pacific Northwest.
The Northwest Entrepreneur Competition (NEC) is collaboration between Whitworth University’s School of Global Commerce and Management, Eastern Washington University College of Business and Public Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship (EWU CFE), Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, Spokane Community College’s Avista Entrepreneurship Program, and local high schools. The NEC business plan competition is the largest of its kind in the Inland Northwest. NEC is open to both high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in the region and anyone else who would like to submit a business plan. As part of the contest, semifinalists present their innovative ideas during the annual Celebration of Entrepreneurship event held during the spring.