Friday, May 3, 2013

Whitworth teams take first, second, and third places at regional business plan competition

Perspectives: Clothing & Apparel with judges

Whitworth placed first and second, and second and third place in two separate categories in the 2013 Inland Northwest Business Plan Competition, winning a total of $9,500 in prize money.

Nine teams of students, from Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, Spokane Falls Community College, and Spokane Community College captured a total of $22,500 in cash awards for proposals they submitted for the competition, which is open to graduate and undergraduate students from throughout the region. Three Spokane High Schools also competed for $3500 in cash awards in their respective division.


This year, 89 teams submitted plans in four project categories: social-enterprise, community-based, student-generated, and the new High School division. Twenty teams were chosen to present their plans during the finals, on Thursday, April 25, in Whitworth's Weyerhaeuser Hall. The presentation was followed by an awards ceremony and reception.

Whitworth students Devon DeJardin, ’16, and Cody DeJardin, ’14 (brothers from Beaverton, Ore.), took home $5,000 for placing first in the student-generated category. Their business plan, Perspectives: Clothing & Apparel, is a clothing line sold from an online store. Cody says the mission of Perspectives is to sell quality clothing and apparel, and at the same time to share stories through the website that have the potential for positive impact in the world. Visit their website here: http://perspectivesapparel.com/

Whitworth students John Baxley, ’13, and Patrick Stewart, ’13, won $2,000 for taking second place in the student-generated category. The team's business plan, Errandipity, is a free grocery list application designed for iOS and Android mobile devices. Errandipity provides users with access to price and inventory information through partnerships with retailers. By tracking user shopping habits, the app also creates market data which is used to generate revenue through analytics, personalized coupon delivery, and mobile advertising.

Whitworth students Spencer Joice, 13, Aleksandr Solodyankin, 14, and Felix Buatsi, '12 took second place in the social enterprise category for their plan, WUFASA, and Whitworth students Peter Landgren and Makayla Palmer, ’13, took third in the social-enterprise category for their plan, Scooter Friends.

Following are all the winning teams for each category:
  • Student-generated category: Perspectives: Clothing & Apparel, Whitworth (1st place); Errandipity, Whitworth (2nd); Nutritionary, Gonzaga University (3rd)
  • Community-based category: Beauty & Barber, Spokane Community College (1st);Barters Closet, Spokane Falls Community College (2nd); Howling Hamlet, Eastern Washington University (3rd)
  • Social-enterprise category: Bolsos de Vida, Gonzaga (1st); WUFASA, Whitworth (2nd); Scooter Friends, Whitworth (3rd)
  • High School category: One Stone Photography, Mead HS (1st); Re3: ReCharge, ReAmp, ReVolt, Riverpoint Academy (2nd); Bridge Builders Club, Lewis & Clark HS (3rd)
  • Faculty members from the Whitworth School of Global Commerce & Management assisted the Whitworth teams by providing academic and practical insight in areas including marketing, finance, e-commerce, legal issues and patents.
Major funding for the competition was provided by the Herbert B. Jones Foundation, Avista, STCU, and Technet.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Tate White, assistant director, graduate studies in business, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4606 or twhite@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.