Summer Programs Offered by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship – Open to All Students

Check out the following list of activities that will be offered by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship this summer! All activities are open to students of all disciplines.



APPLY:Summer I-CORPS Customer Discovery Funding – Deadline: May 9th  

Apply for a chance at $2,500 in funding from the UW NSF I-Corps Customer Discovery program powered by our friends at UW CoMotion and UW WE-REACH. Many successful student ventures who have competed or participated in Buerk Center programs have found a huge benefit from the I-Corps program! 

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APPLY:Lavin Innovation Studio – Deadline: May 10th  

This brand new Innovation Studio hosted by the Foster School’s Lavin Entrepreneurship Program and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship is open to University of Washington undergraduate students only. Students can apply now for this development bootcamp that will walk them through the process of designing a viable product using design thinking, entrepreneurial leadership, and business presentation skills. The studio is meant to work alongside academic schedules and is spread out over nine days between May 14 and May 22.  

Learn more 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:Jones + Foster Accelerator Information Session 

Thursday, June 3 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm PT | Register Here 

The Jones + Foster Accelerator program helps early-stage, student-led companies through the decisive first six months of launching their business! Register to join us on Thursday, June 3 at Noon to learn more about the program, the application process, and how teams are selected. This session will include a 2020 J+FA team and a mentor as well! 

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!  



Applications for 4 different Fellowships are now or soon to be open! 

·         Gates Fellowship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the Technology Alliance – Application Open! Deadline: June 1 



REGISTER:Environmental Innovation Practicum 

ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498A, OR ENVIR 495 

Tuesdays 4:00 – 5:50 pm PT | 2 credits (graded credit/no credit scale) | Learn More Here 

Interested in shifting business for the good of the environment? Each week you’ll learn from leaders bringing innovative business solutions to complex environmental problems. Students will receive coaching on their own project-based solutions in this team-based interdisciplinary course. Excellent preparation for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge and/or the Dempsey Startup Competition. 

Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn at 

REGISTER:Health Innovation Practicum 

ENTRE 445/545 

Thursdays 5:00 – 6:50 pm PT | 2 credits (graded credit/no credit scale) | Learn More Here 

Are you looking to get the inside scoop on how innovation occurs in healthcare? This class teaches the mechanics of taking a promising healthcare or life sciences solution from inception to commercialization. By the end of the course students should expect to have an awareness of current big problem areas, biodesign processes, and the health innovation pipeline, including issues related to intellectual property, company formation, healthcare markets and reimbursement, and the medical regulatory process. Although not required, teams are invited and encouraged to go beyond the class to compete in the 2022 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge. This course is taught by Will Canestaro, PhD, Managing Director at WRF Capital.  

Questions? E-mail Jessica Roberto at  

By Eli Heller (He/Him)
Eli Heller (He/Him) Career Coach