The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge!

Deadline Tuesday, February 18

Bring your idea or project to life. Use your skills to create innovative solutions. Enter the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge!

Open to all students across all disciplines from colleges and universities throughout the Cascadia Region.

Form a team. Shape the future. Maybe the idea came to you in a class, lab, studio, or on a hike. Whatever the source, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge student competition is the place to use your skills to create innovative solutions to our pressing environmental problems. Bring your idea or capstone project to life!

Apply Here:

Deadline: February 18, 12 noon

The top 21 teams from the Screening Round advance to the Challenge on April 2, at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall.

Additional Resources and Opportunities to Support Your Team

Application Party

Wednesday, February 12, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, DEM 211

Planning to enter the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge? Come start or finish your application with us!

We’ll have snacks, examples of 5-7 page business summaries, and a couple of laptops, in addition to the competition managers there to answer your questions.

Help us plan for enough snacks and RSVP:

Examples of Past Entries
So you want to enter, but you feel like the business part is intimidating—We can help! All students are invited to come by our office on UW’s campus in Dempsey Hall 227 to view past entries. Bring a notepad and any questions you might have. And definitely review the rules beforehand under the “Entry Requirements” tab. There are also a few examples and a Submission Checklist on the EIC website under the “Judging Criteria” tab.

EIC Photo Diary

What is the competition experience like? Take a look at the photo diary from the 2017 EIC and read what students just like you had to say.

Weekly Office Hours

Speak directly with Buerk Center managers each Wednesday this quarter in Dempsey Hall 211 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm about the competition application process, your business summaries, academics, and more!

Consulting Sessions

Schedule a 30-minute consultation on Wednesdays or Thursdays with the MBA Business Development Consultant group. These are actual MBA students ready to guide you on how to ramp up the business-side of your startup. UW students only.

Drop-in or Stream Resource Nights

Attend or watch the recording of Resource Nights, covering various aspects of creating a startup venture, from idea generation to legal issues to raising capital. The classes are recorded and posted each week during winter quarter.


Startup Tree—an online platform designed to connect student entrepreneurs across campus so they can access the resources they need to discover, connect, and collaborate with co-founders and team members. You can also search for specific areas of expertise to connect directly with mentors in those fields! Sign-up now…its free and secure!

By CJ Sanchez (He/Him)
CJ Sanchez (He/Him) Career Coach