Competition Season is Here!

Applications Open for

Health + Environmental Innovation Challenges

Calling all Student Innovators!
Innovative and entrepreneurial students are our best hope for solving some of the world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications from student teams for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) and the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC)!

Students enrolled in a degree-seeking program and in good standing at colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and Alaska are eligible to apply by submitting a 5-7 page business summary. Teams are judged on the problem they’re solving, their 1-minute pitch to the judges, the prototype they demo, and their ability to articulate the potential for impact. Each competition will award $40,000+ in prize money to the winning teams!

Monday, February 1 – Deadline to apply for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge
Tuesday, February 16 – Deadline to apply for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Below are a variety of upcoming events and resources that students can use to prepare for the upcoming competitions. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions!

Erin Nieuwenhuis, Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (email)
Lauren Brohawn, Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (email)

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

HIC Info Session + Past Participant Experience Panel
January 21 @ 1 pm PT

Click here to RSVP

Curious about the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge and want to know what it takes to succeed?

Join us for our info session and past participant Q+A! The Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge is the University of Washington’s annual competition for students interested in solving the big problems in health and wellness that face the world today.

In this information session, we will review the timeline, structure and rules of the Challenge, and hear from past HIC participants. Students will also have a chance to network with one another to recruit additional teammates or find a team to join!

This event is open to all students in WA, OR, ID, AK and British Columbia.

Click here to register!

Build a Team for the EIC + Hear from Past Participant
co-hosted with the UW Clean Energy Institute
Thursday, January 21 – 4:30-5:30 pm PT
Click here to RSVP

Have an idea that will have a positive impact on the environment, or interested in helping someone else do so? This team formation event is for you! Come connect with students from the Clean Energy Institute and other departments across campus AND hear from a past EIC participant and winning team member, Elizabeth Rasmussen.

You’ll also have a chance to learn more about the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge and Clean Energy Institute.

This event is open to all students in WA, OR, ID, AK and British Columbia – all ideas, all levels!

Click here to RSVP

Do you have specific legal questions about your business idea? Schedule a 30-min session with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

Friday, January 22, 2020 at 10:30 am – 1 pm PT

Your team might have questions about patent strategy, trademarks, and other legal issues. The judges in our competitions may ask you about these things and you should have some answers. Current students only.

Sign up for a time slot here: https://doodle.com/poll/iqwe4uwmxzf4nmx7

Competition Networking Night
Tuesday, January 28, 7-9 pm PT Online on Remo

Register now for this team formation networking night. You will also have the opportunity to meet the teams that were selected for the Science + Technology Showcase (STS) and to hear about their innovative solutions following their pitch to judges at the competition. The event will be held on the Remo platform, allowing for real, authentic social interactions over video! Enrolled UW students only.

Resources

Foster BizDev Consulting 
Schedule time to meet directly with our MBA Business Development Consultant group on Wednesdays, starting January 27, throughout the quarter. This team of MBA candidates are ready to guide you on how to ramp up the business-side of your idea. Sign-up for a half-hour consultation now.
For enrolled UW students only.

Weekly Office Hours
Speak directly with Buerk Center competition managers each Wednesday from 12:30 to 1:30 pm PT about the competition application process, your business summaries, academics, and more! Schedule your 30-min session with Erin (HIC) or Lauren (EIC).

Business Library Course for
UW Students

Free online workshop starting Jan. 19!
Develop your business research skills for your classes and professional careers! The Foster Business Library has developed “Introduction to Business Library Research,” a free online workshop in Canvas.

  • Course highlights:
    • Introductions to company, industry, market research, and data resources
    • Hands-on activities in library-subscription databases.
    • Opportunities to interact and learn from business librarians.
    • Students will spend no more than an hour per week for 4 weeks on readings and activities.
  • Enroll now: bit.ly/business-lib-research
  • Questions? Reach out to the Foster librarians if you would like to learn more about the workshop.

“Team Tuesday” on
UW StartupTree

Each Tuesday on the UW StartupTree platform students are highlighting their skills and projects in hopes of joining a team, or recruiting new team members! Create a profile and be sure to check out the Forums now to connect with fellow student entrepreneurs. We call it Team Tuesday!

Reminder, you can also sign up for office hours with our UW StartupTree mentors. Current UW Students Only.

Competition Key Dates

2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge
Key Dates

Monday, February 1 – Application Deadline
Submit a 5-7 page business summary for official entry into the HIC. Teams will be notified regarding advancement to the Virtual Challenge Round by February 12.

Wednesday, March 3 – Virtual Challenge Round
The top teams will showcase their prototypes and innovations, and judges will cast their votes!

Thursday, March 4 – Video Awards Presentation
The winners of the 2021 HIC will be announced in a special awards presentation that will go live on YouTube at 12pm.

Questions about the HIC?
Contact Erin Nieuwenhuis

Email: nieuweri@uw.edu

More details about the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge can be found at hic.uw.edu.

2021 Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge
Key Dates

Tuesday, February 16 – Application Deadline
Submit a 5-7 page business summary for official entry into the EIC. Teams will be notified regarding advancement to the Virtual Challenge Round by February 26.

Thursday, April 1 – Virtual Challenge Round
The top teams will showcase their prototypes and innovations, and judges will cast their votes!

Friday, April 2 – Video Awards Presentation
The winners of the 2021 EIC will be announced in a special awards presentation that will go live on YouTube at 12pm.

Questions about the EIC?
Contact Lauren Brohawn

Email: brohal@uw.edu

More details about the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge can be found at eic.uw.edu