EWU Eagle's Nest Business Pitch Competition Awardees

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eastern Washington University's Center for Entrepreneurship hosted its first annual Eagle's Nest Business Pitch Competition on Thursday, May 18th. 

The competition began last November with a total of 35 student teams entering. After advancing through two preliminary rounds, seven student teams remained to compete for over $5,000 in prize money, with the top team taking home $2,500. The teams pitched their ideas to a panel of EWU alum expert judges from the local Spokane business community - the Eagles. 

The first place winner was Victoria Simboli and her company J.A.K.E., which protects those accessing public wifi from the dangers associated with its use.

Second place winners of $1,000 were Christine Burns and Jessica Walker, inventors of the MissApp Case, a phone case equipped to enhance the personal safety of users in threatening or vulnerable situations.

The third place prize of $500 was awarded to Bobby Johnson and Tu Nguyen for their app BikeNGo, which brings the shared economy to the world of biking. 

"The EWU Center for Entrepreneurship exists to support, encourage and develop members of the EWU community who have an idea but need help transforming it into a venture" says Bruce Teague, PhD and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship. Bruce and his staff are excited with the results of the competition's