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Open Registration for UW Business Plan Competition 2018
Mar 12 – Apr 2 all-day

The Business Plan Competition is the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship’s marquee event. Since the inaugural competition in 1998, the Business Plan Competition has:

  • Awarded $1.4 million in prize money to 154 student companies
  • Involved over 500 judges, mentors, sponsors, and supporters each year from the alumni and business community
  • Promoted student ideas and new venture creation
  • Provided an opportunity for business and science students to present new business plans to Seattle area venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and investors
Who can enter?

The UW Business Plan Competition is for teams with at least one currently-enrolled, full-time student who is attending a college or university in the state of Washington.

Teams may have non-students members with the following stipulations:

  • Students must have an ownership stake in the business or the potential for equity
  • Only student team members are eligible to earn prize money, no payments will be made to non-students

Have more questions about eligibility? Check out the complete eligibility criteria

Have other questions? Check out the competition FAQ

Dates & Deadlines:

April 2nd ~ Deadline to Enter Competition: fill out registration form and submit a 5–7 page business summary
April 5th-8th ~ Screening Round: judges will select the top 36 teams to go on to the Investment Round
April 25th ~ Investment Round: judges will select the top 16 teams to go on to the Sweet 16 Round
May 24th ~ Sweet 16 Round in the morning, Final Round in the afternoon, and Awards Dinner in the evening

Register here: (this link will go live on March 12th, 2018)

GeekWire Awards 2018 @ Museum of Pop Culture
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events as we reveal the winners of the Pacific Northwest’s annual startup and technology awards, as nominated and chosen by GeekWire readers. We’ll be taking over the SkyChurch at the Museum of Pop Culture for an all-out party for the thriving tech community. We’ll celebrate our community’s movers-and-shakers, up-and-comers, and thought leaders: The tech rock stars of the Pacific Northwest. Heavy appetizers, signature cocktails, wine, and beer will be served.

Past winners have included Tableau, Zulily, Tune, PopCap Games, Arivale, OfferUp, Brown Paper Tickets, Avalara’s Scott McFarlane, University of Washington computer science professor Ed Lazowska and many more.

It’s not a formal affair — it’s just a lot of fun.

Winners will be chosen in more than a dozen categories, from Startup of the Year to Next Tech Titan to Geek of the Year. The GeekWire Awards sell out every year, so make sure to get your tickets today!

Awards Selection Process

These awards are a participation sport, so here’s how the process will work:

  • March 26 – April 3: Readers submit nominations in 13 categories
  • April 4 – April 6:  Our panel of judges selects finalists from community nominations
  • April 12 – April 27: Vote for winners on
  • May 10: Winners revealed at the GeekWire Awards at MoPOP

Please note this event is 21+. Early-bird rates end March 31.

Seattle Angel Conference XIII @ University Of Washington
May 16 @ 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Seattle Angel Conference is an investor-led event, connecting entrepreneurs and new Angel Investors. Startup companies that are expanding rapidly into new markets need outside funding and Angel Investors provide access to high risk capital for these companies. This conference brings a collection of new and experienced Angel investors into a fund, where each investor puts up $5500, creating a fund that is typically in the range of $100K to $200K.

Entrepreneurs that may apply must be based within a day’s drive of Seattle, can operate in any industry, are seeking investment of $100k-$2M, and have the potential for a 10x return on investment in 5 years. The deadline to apply was February 22nd and through a highly rigorous process, six finalists have been selected to make their best pitch on May 16th. If you’d like to watch the teams compete for the prize, purchase a General Attendee ticket today!

For a list of previous winners, check out the Award History.

2018 Conference Agenda

12:30 – 1:00 Registration
1:00 – 2:00 Keynote
2:00 – 3:00 Finalists #1-3 present
3:00 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 4:30 Finalists #4-6 present
4:30 – 5:30 Closing Speaker
5:30 – 6:00 Break and Closed Voting
6:00 – 6:15 Winner Announcement
6:15 Reception to follow

What is the Seattle Angel Conference?

The Seattle Angel Conference is a recurring Seattle Angel-driven event where the investors create an LLC, engage in due diligence of the applying startup companies, and ultimately pool funds to invest in one of the presenting finalists. The Seattle Angel Conference is the primary method Seattle Angel uses to find and fund new startups. The Seattle Angel Conference is open to any member of the community interested in learning more about both starting and investing in a new business and to hear the investment pitches from the finalists.