Sponsors & Prizes

The UW Business Plan Competition would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Below are the sponsors of the 2017 BPC.

Learn about Business Plan Competition sponsorship opportunities.

2017 Prizes

$25,000 Grand Prize sponsored by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation
$10,000 Second Place Prize sponsored by Fran’s Chocolates
$7,500 Third Place Prize sponsored by Friends of the BPC
$5,000 Fourth Place Prize sponsored by Fenwick & West

Big Picture Prizes ($5,000)

The Big Picture and Best Idea prizes were created to reward student teams in the Business Plan Competition for their exceptional work in several distinct categories. The teams are selected by a special group of judges during the Investment Round, and the winners are announced at the dinner and awards ceremony in May. Please note that no team can take more than one Big Picture and/or Best Idea prize.

AARP Foundation > Aging in Place Prize
Targeted for teams that best address the challenges faced by low-income seniors: affordable age-in-place housing, affordable healthy food, increased income, and the impact of isolation on physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Winners of this prize will be considered by AARP for follow-on investment.

Xevo > Internet of Things (IoT) Prize
Recognizes a business venture that has incorporated new products or services that contribute to the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem—devices, vehicles, infrastructure and/or other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity—that enables these objects to collect and exchange data to create new consumer experiences.

Wells Fargo Foundation > Clean Tech Prize
Goes to a venture with products, services, or processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes.

Best Idea Prizes for $2,500

REI > Best Retail Innovation Idea
Recognizes a venture that generates value through the delivery of goods and/or services, with an emphasis on customer service.

eBay > Best Marketplace Idea
Targeted for teams that creates a commerce or payments platform for communities of buyers, sellers or businesses.

Accenture > Best Consumer Product Idea
For a venture that offers a compelling new consumer product, focusing on a well-defined market.

Perkins Coie > Best Innovation/Technology Idea
Targeted for a venture that has a new application for a current technology, a disruptive technology, or an idea that represents a substantial improvement in a product or process.

Cambia Health Solutions > Best Health/Healthcare Idea
Recognizes a venture that offers new solutions or approaches to address health outcomes and/or improve the quality or efficiency of healthcare delivery.

DLA Piper > Best Idea with Global Reach
A venture that has aspirations for acquiring customers around the world.

Xinova > Best Idea for the Future
A venture that has a long time horizon, but is worth the wait.

Smukowski Family > Best Sustainable Advantage
A venture that offers new solutions or approaches to address health outcomes and/or improve the quality or efficiency of healthcare delivery.


Follow-on funding: Jones + Foster Accelerator
Up to $25,000 in follow-on funding is available to student-led start-ups coming out of the Business Plan Competition, the Health Innovation or Environmental Innovation Challenges, or entrepreneurship coursework.

In the Jones + Foster Accelerator, student teams transition to becoming early-stage start-ups. Teams admitted to the program will devote six months to completing a list of milestones with coaching from a committee of mentors. Learn more about the Jones + Foster Accelerator.