Upcoming Opportunities Available from the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship (open to all students)

APPLY: Dempsey Startup Competition 

Due April 5th | Questions? Email Sarah Studer: sstuder@uw.edu 

The Dempsey Startup Competition provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors. In fact, many ideas that started as a class project turned into a start-up company through the competition process!  

 

The Dempsey Startup Competition is open to undergrads and grad students at accredited colleges and universities across the Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska 

 

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/ 

 

 

EVENTS AND PROGRAMS 

 

ATTEND: Entrepreneurial Grit: Stories from Women of Color Business Owners 

Thursday, March 4 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm PT | Register Here 

Grit is defined as indomitable spirit, and starting, owning, operating, and scaling a business is not for the faint of heart. Learn from the experience and example of four business owners, who have navigated the unexpected twists and turns of entrepreneurship and nevertheless persevered! Topics will include: common tools for channeling the grit it takes to own and grow your business, creativity by necessity, self care, and cultivating community. 

 

ATTEND: Build Your Own Business (BYOB) 

Thursday, March 4 | 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).  

This will be the last BYOB session of the academic year

 

ATTEND: Dempsey Startup Competition Info Session 

Friday, March 5 | 2:00 – 3:00 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 competition. Students will also have a chance to network with one another to share their idea and recruit additional teammates! 

 

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! 

 

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.  

 

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. 

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