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03/31/2006 - Hogan Expands Competition

Forty-four business plans were submitted for the 2005-2006 Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program Business Plan Competition. Each business plan was created by a team of two or more students working in one of three different categories: Student-generated, for original student ideas; Community-based, for students working on for-profit ideas originating from entrepreneurs in the community; and Social Enterprises, for students working on non-profit ideas.

With twenty-five different business plans, the student-generated ideas category was by far the most popular. The ideas were for a multitude of different businesses – from sports outfitters and clothing manufacture to food businesses, or sustainable energy. The social enterprise category generated eleven business plans, and the community-based category had eight business plans.

The business plan competition is a collaboration of Eastern Washington University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Activities, Gonzaga’s Hogan Program, and Whitworth College’s School of Global Commerce and Management. This year’s competition included students from Washington State University for the first time. There were multiple business plans submitted from each school, and at least one from three WSU campuses – Pullman, Tri-cities, and Vancouver.

A team of expert judges will select the best of the forty-four business plans and announce the finalists on April 10. The finalists will then give oral reports on their projects on April 21, and the overall winners will be announced on April 28.

The winners will share $42,500 in cash prizes. New this year is the $10,000 “Itron Knowledge to Shape Your Future Award,” which will be provided to the team that presents the top business plan built around an original student idea. Itron’s gift is the largest contribution by a Spokane-based company in the six-year history of the competition, according to Dr. Paul F Buller, director of the Hogan Program. The award is to “stimulate entrepreneurship, education, innovative thinking, and entrepreneurial action among college students in the Inland Northwest.”

The first place prize for the Social Enterprise category is the $7,500 Avista Social Impact award. The Herbert B Jones Foundation provided $20,000 seed money for prizes in this joint competition. This is the second year for this grant.

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