Our in-person hours are 9:00-5:00.  We are providing robust virtual resources and services as well, including appointments before 9:00am.

Upcoming Opportunities from the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Register for Fall:  Two unique 2-credit classes

Open to all Undergraduate & Graduate students from any department. No experience necessary.

Environmental Innovation Practicum (2 credits, credit/no-credit) | Tuesdays | 4 to 5:50 pm

Cross-listed: ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498A, ENVIR 495

The environment is a huge issue right now. In this course, students experience how to create green innovations, and where innovations are needed, by learning from leading thinkers and entrepreneurs developing solutions. Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn: brohal@uw.edu

Health Innovation Practicum (2 credits, credit/no-credit) | Thursdays | 5 to 6:50 pm

Cross-listed: ENTRE 445 / 545 A/B

Top health and healthcare-related professionals will speak and coach students in this class while showcasing Seattle-based innovations in health. Students will form inter-disciplinary teams around project concepts chosen by the class. Questions? E-mail Jessica Roberto: jlb42@uw.edu

Apply: The Lavin Entrepreneurship Program

Open to all undergraduate students – all majors.

Do you dream of creating your own startup? Aspire to launch a business, disrupt a market or change the world with your big idea? If so, you need to be part of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program! The Lavin Program is a highly-competitive program for undergraduate entrepreneurs from all majors and disciplines across campus. Only the brightest, most passionate, and driven students are accepted into the program each year. By combining curriculum with hands-on learning, students gain the experience, skills, and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures. Application deadline: October 24. Apply here: lavin.washington.edu


Apply: Entrepreneurship Minor (non-business majors)

Open to all non-business majors. Pre-reqs: ECON 200, ACCTG 219

Entrepreneurs come from every discipline. They are adept at turning novel ideas into reality and are not afraid of challenging the status quo or tackling the big problems in society and science. But the truth is that it takes more than an idea to be successful: it takes the knowledge, experience, and network of a smart leader. Students who pursue the Entrepreneurship Minor are creative and energetic, with a critical eye for opportunities and the passion and skill to follow through. Application deadline: October 25

Learn more: startup.uw.edu/undergraduate-entrepreneurship-curriculum/


Apply: Entrepreneurship Certificate (non-MBA graduate students)

Open to all non-MBA graduate and PhD students.

The Buerk Center’s Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate 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/


Attend: Buerk Center Office Hours

Every Wednesday through December 15 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PDT

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 registered UW students | Book Now

Attend: Students & Startups: Team Tuesday Meetups
Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26  | 12:00 – 1:30 pm PDT (come any time)
Outdoors on the Hogan Terrace, Paccar Hall, 4th Floor

Calling all student innovators and changemakers! Grab some lunch outside with the Buerk Center on one or more Tuesdays in October to connect with other students from disciplines across campus who are interested in solving problems through innovation and ideation. This is a great chance to share skills and interests on the way to forming a team for one of the Buerk Center competitions!

Open to all UW registered UW students | Register Now

Attend:  Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, October 07 | 6 – 7:30 pm PDT

Students pitch an early idea, collaborate with one another, receive feedback and mentoring from experienced entrepreneurs Jana and Andy Kleitsch, and work through the next step in progressing on their idea. Additional BYOB sessions: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2

Open to all registered UW students | RSVP for Zoom link

Attend:  PNW Startup Showcase & Social
Tuesday, October 12 | 10 am – Noon PDT
At this virtual event, students will get a chance to engage with and hear from the founders of eight startup teams from around the region (including several prize winners from Buerk Center competitions). The event will also feature mentors and investors and a keynote speech from David Younger, founder of UW spinout and competition prize winner A-Alpha Bio, which recently raised a $20 million dollar funding roundRegister for link.

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