WSU’s Center for Innovation announces startup competition winners – The Spokesman-Review

Washington State University’s Center for Innovation awarded three startups with mentorship and support valued at $25,000 to launch business ideas related to solving coronavirus-related challenges.

WSU’s Center for Innovation evaluated more than 40 business ideas prior to selecting three winners that pitched their proposals to a panel of community judges.

The three winners were WiseWater, SniffAlert and FarmTable.

WiseWater uses a system that can be used on faucets to ensure users follow proper handwashing protocols per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. SniffAlert is a company that provides training for household dogs to “sniff out” COVID-19 and other illnesses. And FarmTable addresses disruptions in the local food system due to the pandemic by using a mobile app that will include a regional food directory and catalog.

DeconCube was a runner-up in the contest. The company pitched a business idea for a tabletop device with UV technology for rapid sanitation of handheld items, such as keys and cell phones.

“The submissions for the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge proved that the entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Spokane,” April Needham, director of the WSU Center for Innovation, said in a statement. “To see the willingness of entrepreneurs to tackle a global challenge like COVID-19 is inspirational and shows how much people in the greater Spokane region care. I’m excited to see these companies move forward in the business process.”

Each winner is receiving mentorship in all phases of business development, including feasibility testing, prototyping guidance, market validation, funding connections and product launch, among other things.

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