Advisers Digest: Entrepreneurship Opportunities for UW Students


Advisers Digest | November 28, 2016

1. Innovation Competitions for Students

2. Last Events of the Quarter

3. Reminder: Classes in Entrepreneurship this Winter

Innovation Competitions for Students

Have an idea? Great. Now you just need to design it, build a prototype, create a business plan, find funding, and do some marketing. Phew. Don’t know how to do all of that? No worries. We offer three annual competitions to help you.

Three Competitions!

· Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC): a competition for students who have innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental problems

· Health Innovation Challenge (HIC): a competition for students who have innovative solutions that address health and healthcare challenges

· Business Plan Competition (BPC): a WA-wide, multi-tiered startup competition at UW for students with big ideas and the passion to see them through

Need money to build a prototype? We have funding to help you.

Prototype funding is available to students who plan to enter the HIC or EIC! Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to help purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with skills beyond the team’s capacity. Funds only for WA teams. Awards typically range from $500-$3,000.

Prototype Funding Application DEADLINES:

HIC Deadline: Monday, December 12, 5 pm.  Questions? Email Terri Butler

EIC:  Monday, December 19, 5 pm (application opens December 1). Questions? Email Lauren Brohawn

ALSO: Current UW Students are eligible to enter the 2017 Science & Technology Showcase (STS) by Friday, December 16. Participating in STS allows you to further explore the commercialization potential of your ideas by presenting them to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges from the Seattle business community. Only one application per team.

Last Events of the Quarter

· Tuesday: Environmental Innovation Practicum: Land Use: Forests, Food… Fishes?

Tuesday, November 29 from 4 to 5:50 pm, Paccar Hall 292

Join us for our final speaker, Dr. Sally Brown, research assoc. professor, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Visitors are welcome to sit in.

· Tuesday: Last BYOB of the quarter! Build Your Own Businessis a drop-in workshop for any UW undergraduate who has an idea for a business, product, or service and would like to learn the next steps to turn that idea into a reality. No registration required, just come by, have some pizza and get feedback from serial entrepreneur John Hansen. The last BYOB of the quarter is Tuesday, Nov.29 at 6pm in Paccar 394.

· Thursday: Your last chance this fall to attend a Team Formation Night is this week! Meet students from disciplines across campus and share your idea Thursday, December 1 from 5:30 to 7 pm at HUB 145. Be sure to visit our team formation page and create your profile. Form a team. Develop a solution.

Winter Quarter Classes

· ENTRE 440/540: Business Plan Practicum | Thurs, 6-7:50 | 2 credits

Are you curious about entrepreneurship but not sure how to begin? Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? Do you already have a start-up and want to take it to the next level?

Instructor John Zagula, founding partner at Ignition Capital, will show students how to go from an idea to product and pitch their way into HIC, EIC and/or BPC success. The 2-credit ENTRE 440/540: Business Plan Practicum asallin.

· ALSO: Many of our entrepreneurship classes are open to non-business majors in Period III, such as Venture Investing in winter and Software Entrepreneurship and Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs in spring.

Leslie Mabry | Assistant Director

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship | University of Washington

Dempsey Hall Room 227 • Box 353223 • Seattle, WA 98195-3223

206.685.5669 | mabryl | @LMabry4

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