2021 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge is an exciting extracurricular competition that gives students the opportunity to come up with meaningful solutions to big problems the world faces today related to the environment.

For more information visit the website at eic.washington.edu

Students: Why participate?

What does it take to bring a new idea to the world? You will find out.
Prototype funding is available for demonstration models.
Top-level professionals from the community will mentor you.
Work with an interdisciplinary team.
Prepare yourself for an impact career.
Win prizes up to $15,000 or more.

Top Teams participate in the VIRTUAL ALASKA AIRLINES ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION CHALLENGE LIVE ROUND on April 1, 2021, where they will pitch their ideas, demo their prototypes, and respond to judge questions.


What is needed to enter the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge?

- Register your team 
- 5-7 page Business Summary (ENTRY DEADLINE Tuesday Feb 16, 2021, noon)
Note: the 5-7 page business summary has 7 sections, including the new Climate Impact section.

Top Teams chosen to advance to the virtual live round on April 1, 2021.

-Virtual Resource Night for Finalist Teams | Thursday, March 4, 2021 (attendance is mandatory and will be held online)

- Pitch Workshop for Finalist Teams | Week of March 15, 2021  (attendance is mandatory and will be held online)
- 1-page business summary  and video demonstrating your prototype (due Wednesday, March 24, 2021)
- Pitch at the EIC, April 1, 2021
- Demo or prototype (at the EIC, April 1, 2021)

Your submission into the competition is distributed to a large group of community professionals who act as judges.

We strongly encourage any team with concerns regarding intellectual property such as patent or copyright potential to either contact their University’s intellectual property office (for University-developed discoveries) or competent legal counsel (for non-University related discoveries) before submitting their proposal into the competition.

The University of Washington, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, the Foster School of Business, and the organizers of the competition are not responsible for any proprietary information and/or intellectual property included in a submitted business summary.

Ultimately, protection of sensitive materials is the sole responsibility of the individual or team participating in the competition.

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Teams entering 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 the Cascadia Corridor - Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska. If you graduated the summer quarter prior to the year of the competition or later, you are considered a current student in the competition. Furthermore, taking the impact of COVID-19 into consideration, students who have deferred an academic term during the 2020-2021 academic year may still be eligible. Please contact us to discuss your eligibility.

The competition entry must be developed during the student’s tenure at the college or university. Students working with outside entrepreneurs must create their own original business plan and have responsibility for their own portion of the business.

All submissions to the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge must live up to the higher ideals of the University of Washington. The team’s idea must be appropriate for a university-sponsored event. The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is its judgment violates the letter or the spirit of the competition or exceeds the bounds of social convention.

If the team or company entering the competition is revenue positive, actual annual revenue cannot exceed $500k. (Please note this is different than the company’s projected revenue. This rule does not apply to projected revenue.)

Eligible students can form a team with non-students, but for the sake of this competition, non-students will be considered as advisors.
Students must have an ownership stake in the business or the potential for equity or employment.

Only student team members are eligible to earn prize money. No payments will be made to non-students.

Note: The Director of the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship reserves the right to make the final determination of the eligibility of submitted business ventures.

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