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Dempsey Startup Competition
May 21, 2020

The Dempsey Startup Competition (Dempsey Startup), organized by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors.

Description
**UPDATE**
The 2020 Dempsey Startup Competition will maintain the published schedule but will be held as an entirely online virtual experience.

Teams entering the University of Washington’s Dempsey Startup Competition must have at least one full-time or part-time student on the team who is enrolled in a degree seeking program at an accredited college or university in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia or Alaska. If you graduated in Summer quarter of the current academic year or later (e.g., graduated at the end of summer quarter 2019 for the 2020 competition), you are considered a current student in the competition.
The business plan must be developed during the student’s tenure at the university. Students working with outside entrepreneurs must create an original business plan.

Judging Criteria
The Dempsey Startup Competition is comprised of four competitive rounds (Screening Round, Investment Round, Sweet 16, and Final Round) and one non-competitive Coaching Round, designed to prepare teams for the Sweet 16 and Final Round.

- Management team
- Market opportunity
- Competitive strategy
- Go to market strategy
- Traction
- Financials

Key Figures
- 22 years of the Business Plan Competition/Dempsey Startup
- $1.54 million in prize money awarded to 167 student companies
- 5,190 student participants
- 1,648 teams have entered since 1998
- 400+ entrepreneurs and investors who took part in the 2019 competition as judges, advisers, and mentors
Organizer
University of Washington - Foster Business School
Eligible Schools
University of Washington - Foster Business School
Accredited colleges and universities across the Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska
Prize
Undefined