Nine teams of students from four area universities have been selected to share $42,500 in cash awards in an annual business competition overseen by Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Altogether, 18 contestants on the teams made the finals for creating business plans in one of three categories. Winners were announced at a ceremony April 27.
A list of award winners:
•First place, Shift 2 Green Biodiesel, a proposal to convert vegetable oil waste into biodiesel fuel, submitted by Eastern Washington University’s Paul Fisher and Lynnette Munk. They won $10,000 as recipients of the Itron Knowledge to Shape Your Future Award.
•Second place: HillGhillie Corp., a plan to manufacture better camouflage textiles for hunting apparel, created by Whitworth College’s Emilie Olsen and Dustin Smith, $5,000.
•Third: Food Runner Delivery, a company that would deliver food from better restaurants to homes and offices, by Whitworth’s Mark Baker, $2,500.
•First: Hardy-Cone, a plan for making OSHA- compliant cones — shaped like traffic cones — to alert workers to roof edges, by Washington State University-Vancouver’s Matthew Crouse and Victor Wirtanen, $7,500.
•Second: Global NeTutors, Inc., an on-line English language instruction service designed for Asians, submitted by GU’s Margi Begalka and Whitworth’s Darien Brown and Brennan McQuerry, $3,500.
•Third: Notary Privacy Guard, a new type of recorder’s notebook that would shield names and confidential filings by previous signatories, by WSU-Vancouver’s Derrick Powlison, $1,500.
Social Enterprise Category:
•First: Cool Water Bike Shop, a plan to open a bike shop run for and by street teens, by Whitworth’s Danny Belko and Lewis Turner, as winners of the Avista Social Impact Award they took home $7,500.
•Second: Dominion Trading Co., a coffee roasting enterprise that in part benefits Ethiopian coffee growers, from Whitworth’s Tim Coughlin and Sean Thompson, $3,500.
•Third: Girls Day Out, a plan to enhance marketing for a special event that encourages women of all ages to shop neighborhood stores, by GU’s Joey Lonjers, Rebecca Madden and Areli Nathason.Other major sponsors include the Herbert B. Jones Foundation and Telect of Spokane.