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.

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.

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ATTEND:Environmental Innovation Studio Co-hosted with Net Impact

Wednesday, January 6 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm PT | Register Here

Join us for an event co-hosted by the Buerk Center and the undergraduate chapter of Net Impact! Join fellow “green-minded” students as we explore opportunities for innovation from “zero waste” to agriculture, transportation, policy, energy, carbon tech, and beyond. You’ll also learn more about the upcoming Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge and Net Impact.

Open to all registered UW undergraduate students.

ATTEND:Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, January 7| 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: Jan 21, Feb 4, Feb 18, Mar 4

ATTEND:Overview of Corporate and Intellectual Property Issues for Startups

Friday, January 8| 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT | Register Here

When should you form your company? Should your company be structured as a C-Corp, LLC, non-profit, or some other entity? What are the ways you can protect your intellectual property? When should you file a patent? We will discuss these and other relevant legal issues for startups. This discussion will be led by the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

Open to all, including community.

ATTEND:Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC) Info Session + Build A Team

Wednesday, January 13 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT | Register Here

Join us to learn more about the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. During the session, we will review the timeline, structure and rules of the Challenge. Students will also have a chance to network with one another to share their idea and recruit additional teammates!

Open to all registered students at accredited colleges and universities in the Cascadia Region (AK, ID, OR, WA, and British Columbia).

ATTEND:Health Innovation Challenge (HIC) Application Work Party / Office Hours

Thursday, January 14| 12:00 – 1:30 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 registered students at accredited colleges and universities in the Cascadia Region (AK, ID, OR, WA, and British Columbia).

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.