Upcoming Opportunities from the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Check out the following events and programs hosted by Foster’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship:


Apply: I-CORPS Customer Discovery Funding 

Each year dozens of founders and innovators at the Univ. of Washington are able to find out if their ideas have commercial potential by taking advantage of the NSF I-Corp Customer Discovery program offered by our friends at UW CoMotion and WE-REACH. Students must submit their interest in the program by Sunday, December 5 to be eligible for a $2,500 grant. 

Apply: Prototype Funding Application 

Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to teams that are entering the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge and/or the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge this year to help with creating a physical model, object, or device. Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to purchase materials or components, or rent equipment necessary for demonstrating the team idea. Funds are NOT available to pay team members or consultants or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity. Learn more and apply here! 

Funding is open to students working in a technical, medical, consumer, environmental, digital, or another field. Awards are typically between $500 – $2,500. Application Deadline: December 6th 


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: Students & Startups: Team Tuesday Meetups 

Tuesday, November 16, 23 | 12:00 – 1:30 pm PDT (come any time) Nov 16 meeting will be in Deloitte Commons in Paccar Hall, Nov 23 meeting will be in Anthony’s Forum in Paccar Hall 

 Calling all student innovators and changemakers! Grab some lunch with the Buerk Center on Tuesdays this fall and connect with other students from disciplines across campus who are interested in being part of the solution. Share your ideas, share your skills, and learn more about bringing them together as a team for one of the Buerk Center Competitions. Additional Team Tuesday Meetups: November 30(check registration link for time and location details of additional meetup sessions) 

Open to all UW students across all majors and departments | Register Now 


Attend: Leaders in Health Innovation Speaking Event 

Wednesday, November 17 | 3:30 am – 4:30 pm PDT | Virtual 

Hear from Jeff Bernson, Chief Programs & Innovation Officer at PATH, as he shares decades of implementation experience with technology development, commercialization, and market innovation.  

Please register in advance to receive the virtual link for this event 


Attend: At the Table Speaker Panel 

Wednesday, November 17 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm PDT | Virtual 

At the Table panel features Maria Kolby-Wolfe, President & CEO of the Washington Women’s Foundation. The At the Table series is a space where students have the opportunity to engage in casual conversation with female leaders in the c-suite. The panel will end with an open Q&A.  

Please note you do not need to identify as female to attend this event! register in advance here  


Attend: Prototype Funding Application and Info session 

Thursday, November 18 | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PDT | Virtual Interested in applying to the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge or Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge? We have funds to help you make your model/prototype.  

Join us for an optional info session on this year’s prototype funding application process. Help prepare yourself for the competitions and the upcoming prototype funding application deadline: Monday, December 6.  

Open to all students, all majors | Register here for zoom link 


Attend: Build Your Own Business (BYOB) 

Thursday, November 18 | 6:00 – 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 session: Dec. 2 

Open to all registered UW students | RSVP for Zoom link  


Attend: Engineering Innovation in Health Fall Showcase 

Thursday, December 9| 4:00 – 6:00 pm PDT | HUB South Ballroom 

The 2021 Engineering Innovation in Health Fall Showcase is coming up on December 9 from 4 to 6 pm in the HUB South Ballroom. Seventeen student projects will participate in lightning pitches and a poster session as they share their progress in addressing pressing unmet needs in health. Face coverings are required for attendance.  

Please register in advance. For more information, contact Soyoung Kang at eihealth@uw.edu. 


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 

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