Entrepreneurship & Innovation Students Receive Honors

Gonzaga University Northwest Entrepreneurship competition winners

May 04, 2018

Several teams from Gonzaga's School of Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program excelled at the 2018 Northwest Entrepreneur Competition (NEC) in Spokane.

This year’s competition attracted 65 teams from eight schools from the greater Spokane area. Of those entries, six teams from Gonzaga were finalists – including four who placed and earned prize money ranging from $1,000-$3,000.

Gonzaga finalists in the Business Division

  • Second place: Father Joe's Subs, by Connor Simmons and Conor Longoria
  • Third place: eStones Natural Engraved Stones, by Madison Smith

Gonzaga finalists in the Technology Division

  • Second place: WildRide, by Chloe Sabo, Stephanie Forsyth, Hope Morgan, Max Eckhardt and Cody Lippert
  • Third place: UpKeep, by Tim Regan and Matt Turner

NEC is “a collaborative student startup competition dedicated to providing students with the invaluable academic exercise of implementing their innovative ideas for new businesses. With a total of  $42,000 in prize money and $20,000 in professional resources, the NEC provides young entrepreneurs with the necessary tools to turn a business plan into a life plan.”