EVENTS AND PROGRAMS

ATTEND:  Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, February 18 | 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: Mar 4

ATTEND:  Dempsey Startup Competition Info Session

Friday, February 26 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Register Here 
The Dempsey Startup Competition is the University of Washington’s annual business plan competition. Each year, nearly 90+ teams from around the region submit their ventures to be reviewed by hundreds of judges from Seattle’s entrepreneurial community. In this information session, we will review the timeline, structure and rules of the five-round virtual competition, followed by Q+A!

This event is open to all students in WA, OR, ID, AK and British Columbia. Teams that are planning to apply for the competition are strongly encouraged to attend at least one info session!

Additional Info Sessions: Mar 5

ATTEND:  Dempsey Startup Competition Office Hours

Wednesday, March 17 | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | Register Here

The Dempsey Startup Competition is the University of Washington’s annual business plan competition. Each year, nearly 90+ teams from around the region submit their ventures to be reviewed by hundreds of judges from Seattle’s entrepreneurial community. Questions about your team’s application? Join competition manager Sarah Studer for drop-in office hours to get your questions answered!

This event is open to all students in WA, OR, ID, AK and British Columbia who intend to apply for the competition.

Additional Office Hours: Mar 25April 2

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.

OTHER APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINES

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: startup.uw.edu/entrepreneurship-certificate/

NETWORKING

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.