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Pitching the business value of your research

Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building, 1815 Ferdinand's Lane, Pullman, WA 99163
Room 305
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About the event

Join the Office of Research for our third annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, matchmaking flash talks, and workshops for faculty and graduate students. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.

The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) and the Office of Commercialization (OC) would like to help you grow your research and its impact. Join us to hear researchers pitch their business ideas to industry, alumni, and faculty.

IREO works with students, faculty and staff to position WSU’s creative, scholarly and technical assets in ways that maximize impact and return value to our state and national stakeholders.

The mission of OC is to ensure that innovations and discoveries by WSU researchers are evaluated, protected where possible, and licensed by industry partners or start-ups to move technologies forward and generate benefits for researchers, WSU, and the public.

As part of Research Week 2019, IREO and OC would like to help grow WSU research and its impact through the “Pitching the Business Value of Your Research” event for faculty, researchers, and graduate students at WSU. This 2-hour “shark tank” style pitch session is a prime opportunity for WSU researchers to learn and practice effective presentation skills for communicating the business value of their research. Attend and witness this showcase of quality presentations made by your peer researchers while they receive invaluable insights and feedback from a panel of successful industry experts and faculty entrepreneurs.

The top 10 applications will be selected to present at Research Week 2019. The top 3 presentations will receive not only the distinction of “Best Research Pitch,” but also a cash award of $3,000 for 1st Place, $2,000 for 2nd Place, $1,000 for 3rd Place, to go towards their lab account.

Application Guidelines

Applicants must submit a proposal with the following questions answered. The applicants’ proposals will be reviewed by an external group of business community advisers for clarity of problem statement, scale of the problem, and perceived business value of the proposed solution. The top 10 proposals will be notified 1 month prior to the event and provided a slide deck template to prepare their “pitch”.

Each proposal must address the following:
• Problem Statement (500 character max) – Define the problem you are trying to solve.
• Problem Size (500 character max) – How large of a population does this affect?
• Proposed Solution (500 character max) – How are you solving the stated problem? What is novel about your approach?
• Resources Needed (500 character max) – What is your “ask”? What resources (human & financial) are required to execute the solution proposed?


Applications Due September 9, 2019, 5:00pm
Top 10 Presenters Notified September 23, 2019, 5:00pm
Pitch Decks Due October 14, 2019, 5:00pm
Research Week Pitch Presentations October 23, 2019, 3:00pm
Awards Announced October 24, 2019, 4:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions?

Send an e-mail to with subject title “Business Value of Research” for more information about the competition.

For more information about Research Week, visit