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Make a green difference and get a chance to win money in the Sustainability Challenge

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Edmonds College and the Northwest Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC) are working in a strategic business relationship, on projects that benefit both our organizations, northwest community businesses, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists, and students. The NWIRC invites teams to submit their best ideas for products that will create a positive environmental sustainability impact and show high potential for commercialization.

Have a great idea for reducing waste on farms? A new way to generate power? A program for transportation efficiency? Or, maybe you have skills in business and would like to be part of an exciting entrepreneurial venture that supports sustainability. Either way, we'd love to hear from you!

Those eligible to participate must be students, staff, alumni, faculty, and businesses that have some affiliation with:

  • Bellingham Technical College
  • Edmonds College
  • Everett Community College
  • Northwest Indian College
  • Skagit Valley Community College
  • Washington Engineering Institute
  • Western Washington University

The most successful teams are multidisciplinary, including business, marketing, and the idea people – the various skills you'd need to start a business. If you'd like to compete but need help building a diverse team, contact us.

Finalists in both the business and student division will be given the opportunity to present their ideas before a panel of judges, as well as to the general public. Winners in the business division will receive cash prizes (two $10,000 and one $5,000 award(s) will be given) and business development support from the NWIRC.

All the money goes to the winning members and those winning teams get additional support in the form of assistance in taking their winning product to market. The initial registration MUST be submitted by March 1, with the finalist making an oral presentation in May. NWIRC provides the format for proposals. The final written business proposal must be turned in by April 13.