UW Bothell Announces 8th Annual Hell Night Winners

Wednesday, June 17, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is pleased to announce the winners of its 8th annual "Hell Night" a student entrepreneurial competition held in spring 2009. 

This year's winner is Spiral Genetics, composed of UW Bothell students Becky Drees, Steven Klein, Adina Manugbat, Morgan Hellar, Jack Davis, Don Hjelte and Irina Velikovick. The team proposed a facility, Spiral Genetics, that has informative, individualized genetic testing that allows for personal information and user-friendly reports on disease risks, ancestry, and personal characteristics that could be harmful to the client.

Following the competition, the team presented their idea to Invest Northwest and was invited to present before Accelerator, which is a privately-held biotechnology investment company located on Lake Union. 

About Hell Night
Started in 2001, Hell Night began as a capstone for the Business Program's Entrepreneur Seminar offered once a year on campus.  The seminar allows for students with an interest in becoming entrepreneurs or developing an idea for a business to test their thoughts in a virtual situation. During the Hell Night competition, teams of students present their business plans to members of the public who serve as 'investors' and decide which team and business are best prepared to take their plan and turn it into functioning businesses. Winners of the competition receive a trademark or provisional patent services from attorney Kyle Flindt of Inventive Spark.

When the program started it had only four teams to present at the Hell Night competition and only 25 'investors' attended. Now, eight years later, the program had 14 teams competing and over 275 guests attending.

About the Winning Team
Spiral Genetics is composed of students:

To learn more about Hell Night or the UW Bothell Center for Student Entrepreneurship, sponsor of the event, contact Alan Leong, 425-352-3259.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.