Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship: Upcoming Events, Programs, Autumn Quarter Classes and More


ATTEND:Dempsey Startup Competition Final Round Presentations 

Thursday, May 27 | 9:00 am – 12:30 pm PT | Register Here 

Join the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship on the morning of Thursday, May 27th to hear the presentations from the Final Four teams in the Dempsey Startup Competition! A grand prize is on the line for $25,000 – come watch the final teams pitch their startups to a panel of judges! 


This event will be held on a Zoom webinar. The URL will be sent to registered email addresses a few days before the event.  


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! 


Must register for this event in advance. 


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.   



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. This course is instructed by Chris Metcalfe, president and co-founder of Korvata, a company he was inspired to create after taking this exact practicum course years ago as a student at UW! 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 brohal@uw.edu. 


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 jlb42@uw.edu  

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