APPLY:  Competition Entry Deadlines!

College students from across Washington state are invited to apply for student innovation and new venture competitions hosted by UW Foster School of Business’ Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Feb 1 | Hollomon Health Innovation ChallengeQuestions? Erin:
Feb 16 | Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge Questions? Lauren:

APPLY:  Davis Consumer Product Workshop

February 13, 20, 27 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 pm PT

Over the course of this three-week series, you will learn key concepts to help unlock the first pivotal steps in starting a consumer product business. We’ll form teams and move through taking an idea to the prototyping and product stage, building a business around that product, sharing that company and vision effectively and implement now the ingredients for a long-lasting business. We’ll go through a mini pitch-competition and panels focused on early-stage product and company issues, while still leaving room to discuss your most burning questions. Hosts Dan Sedlacek and Mallory Monahan of Uphill Designs have a different opinion on what makes a business “successful” than what is spread about in pop-entrepreneurship.

Those who apply before January 31 will have the option to receive a Product Design Workshop Welcome Box mailed to them prior to the workshops (U.S. shipping only). If you apply after 1/31, you will still receive a list of materials you can source from your home.

Learn more and apply here:

APPLY:  Entrepreneurship Certificate (non-MBA graduate students)

Open to all non-MBA graduate and PhD students. 

The Buerk Center’s certificate in entrepreneurship prepares University of Washington graduate and PhD students for the world of start-ups and new technology enterprises. Our emphasis on cross-campus involvement means you’ll take entrepreneurship courses alongside students from other disciplines, work with UW inventors on their market-ready applications, and have the opportunity to apply for fellowships in UW technology ventures or local angel funds. Certificate students, whose disciplines range from engineering and architecture to drama and medicine, take classes, gain real-world experience, and network with the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Working together, students bring ideas to life. Rolling admissions.

Learn more:


ATTEND: Health Innovation Challenge Info Session + Past Participant Experience

Thursday, January 21| 1:00 – 2:00 pm PT | Register Here

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!

Open to undergraduate and graduate UW students.

ATTEND:  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 | Register Here

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 registered UW students – all ideas, all levels!

ATTEND:  Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, January 21| 6:00 – 7:30 pm PT | Register Here

Students pitch an early idea, collaborate with one another, receive feedback and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs Andy and Jana Kleitsch, and work through the next step in progressing on their idea.

Open to registered UW students (both undergraduate and graduate).

Additional BYOB sessions: Feb 4Feb 18Mar 4

ATTEND:  Virtual Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Office Hours

Friday, January 22| 10:30 am – 1:00 pm PT | Sign Up Here

Have specific legal questions? Schedule a half hour with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

Your team might have questions about incorporation, equity allocation, patent strategy, trademarks, and other legal issues. The judges in our competitions may ask you about these things and you should have some answers. You can schedule ONE half hour slot on the open times shown in this scheduling Doodle.

Open to Registered UW Students Only

ATTEND:  Health Innovation Challenge Application Work Party/Office Hours

Tuesday, January 26| 5:00 – 6:30 pm PT | Register Here

Planning to enter the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge? Join our application party at any time to start or finish your application with us!

We’ll have examples of 5-7 page business summaries and space for your team at a virtual table, in addition to the competition managers there to answer your questions.

Open to all student competitors!

ATTEND:  Networking Night

Thursday, January 28| 7:00 – 9:00 pm PT | Register Here

Networking Night, a team formation event hosted in partnership with the Science + Engineering Business Association (SEBA) and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. This year’s networking night will give students the opportunity to meet the 20+ teams who were selected for the Science + Technology Showcase (STS) and to hear about their innovative solutions. The teams will have just completed their pitches to judges, and will join the event immediately after. This event will be held on the Remo platform, which will allow for real, authentic social interactions over video!

Open to registered UW students only

ATTEND:  Health Innovation Challenge Application Work Party/Office Hours

Friday, January 29| 12:30 – 2:00 pm PT | Register Here

Planning to enter the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge? Join our application party at any time to start or finish your application with us! We’ll have examples of 5-7 page business summaries and space for your team at a virtual table, in addition to the competition managers there to answer your questions.

Open to all student competitors!

ATTEND:  Buerk Center Office Hours

Every Wednesday | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT | Sign Up Here

Curious about entrepreneurship? Book a 30-minute Zoom session with Buerk Center competition and academic managers to discuss your idea, resources, and ways to get engaged. Learn how to start your entrepreneurial journey or take the next step!

Open to all UW students.


CONNECT:  Find Teammates With UW StartupTree

New Forum Posts are live on the UW StartupTree platform including the Fundamentals for Startups winter lineup, and more! Also, if you go to the MORE dropdown menu and select pages you’ll find updated Yearbooks for all three competitions featuring lists of ideas that competed in years past! And don’t forget to sign up for office hours with our UW StartupTree mentors.