Grads & Undergrads: ENTRE Digest

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 20. Apply here:


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

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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! Buerk Center Events

Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

–          Oct 3, Build Your Own Business, 6-7:30 pm Herbold Innovation Lab. Undergraduates only. Bring your idea for a product, service, or company; get feedback from your peers and advice from an expert entrepreneur!

–          Oct 17, Build Your Own Business, 6-7:30 pm Herbold Innovation Lab. Undergraduates only.


Attend: Student Startups Showcase

Tuesday, October 08 | 9:30-11:30 am | wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Student-created startups and their progress will be featured by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship in this exciting, engaging event! Students, faculty, staff, and the public, are invited to come learn and hear from these startups about their entrepreneurial journey and showcase their innovations that were born at, or with help from, the University of Washington.


A range of student startups will be showcased, from early stage ideas in the tech space, to developing companies currently in the Jones + Foster Accelerator.


Open to all | RSVP suggested | Breakfast refreshments provided


Join a Committee: Startup Competitions Seek Leaders

Looking for a leadership opportunity?  Help build the buzz for our three high-profile startup competitions across campus: the Holloman Health Innovation Challenge, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, and the Dempsey Startup Competition! Email the Buerk Center to learn more:


Attend: Buerk Center Drop-In Hours

Every Wednesday through December 11 | Noon – 1:30 pm | Dempsey Hall 211

You have questions, we have answers. Drop by the Buerk Center each Wednesday for a 1-1 conversation on how to start your entrepreneurial journey or take the next step! Open to all students.


RSVP: I-Corps Program Info Session

Wednesday, October 2 | 2 – 3 pm | Dempsey Hall 211

Do you have an idea that you think has commercial potential? I-Corps grants provide $2,500 for teams to gain first-hand feedback from potential customers.  Open to all. Registration suggested.



Attend: Maker Mixer and Rapid Prototyping

Wednesday, October 16 | 4 – 6 pm | Fluke Hall Maker Space (Rm 215)

Have an idea? Now you just need to make it and form your team. Come meet others who can help you at the Maker Mixer where you’ll hear about the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship competitions for solutions to all sorts of problems out there. You’ll learn how to use the 3D printers, sewing machines, and other tools. Open to all students | Registration suggested


Attend: Environmental Innovation Studio

Thursday, October 24 | 4 – 6 pm | Ethnic Cultural Center

There are plenty of environmental problems to tackle but where do you start? Where within a system will change truly make a positive difference? Join us for an active session full of problem solving! Hear our guest speakers representing government, community, and industry to present unique challenges facing our city and local environment then work with them to start creating innovative solutions to these complex problems. Free and open to all students, all majors.