Business Plan Competition Winners Crowned

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425) 352-3395,  RPenny@uwb.edu


BOTHELL, Wash. – The Business Development Center at the University of Washington Bothell awarded more than $20,000 at the final round of its inaugural Business Plan Competition Friday, May 6.

The first prize went to Helpful Hints Wedding Planning, a business concept developed by UW Bothell undergraduates Angelica Lizak and Kelsey Allen of Everett, Shalee Clark of Lynnwood, and Steven Fountain of Woodinville.

Helpful Hints Wedding Planning is a start-up company that will provide couples with an array of on-line planning packages. The packages, which are tailored to a variety of budgets, include one-on-one consulting, event checklists and discounts with preferred local vendors.

The team received an $18,000 cash prize as well as well as a scholarship to the Founder Institute, a global network of startups and mentors that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies.

The competition included preliminary, semi-final and final rounds. Student teams used the preliminary rounds to gather feedback from business mentors and to refine and polish their presentations. In the final event, teams presented their plans in a live setting before of a panel of judges.

The competition is designed to enhance entrepreneurship and business development in the Puget Sound region. Next year’s competition is scheduled for May 18, 2012.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.

Photo Caption: Winners of the UW Bothell Business Plan Competition. From left to right: Angelica Lizak, Steven Fountain, Shalee Clark and Kelsey Allen.

Photo: Marc Studer, UW Bothell
Date: 05/06/2011

This photo available for media use: email bhayes@uwb.ed

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