Grads & Undergrads: ENTRE Events and Programs


ATTEND: Resource Night – Session 8: Your Logic – Formulating the Case for Your Business

Tuesday, February 25th | 6:00 to 8:00 PM | Paccar 192

Are you curious about entrepreneurship but not sure how to begin? Attend the Business Plan Practicum “Resource Night” sessions each week and learn the essentials of business planning first-hand from local entrepreneurs. 

In the February 25 session, we shift from product and plan to PITCH. In this session, we will discuss the “XYZs” and “123s” of positioning and messaging and discuss how to differentiate your business from others. We will be joined by a panel of marketing experts who will assist the student teams in crafting a brief pitch which will be delivered to the class!

Note: This lecture is part of the Business Plan Practicum course (ENTRE 440/540). The course is taught by John Zagula, founding partner at Ignition Capital. Students are encouraged to enroll in the course to gain access to course materials, office hours, pitch workshops and will have the opportunity to make a final pitch in front of a panel of experts (prizes included!).

Non-students are also welcome to drop-in and learn the essentials of business planning and to hear first-hand from local entrepreneurs. Please note that the first 45 minutes of each evening is a participatory lecture, followed by the featured guest speaker(s).

Register Here!


APPLY: Dempsey Startup Competition

Deadline to Enter – Monday, April 6, 2020

The Dempsey Startup Competition (Dempsey Startup), organized by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors. In fact, many ideas that started as a class project turned into a start-up company through the competition process! The Dempsey Startup Competition is open to undergrads and grad students at accredited colleges and universities across the Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia, as well as Alaska.

Registration Opens Monday, March 6, 2020

Questions? Sarah:

APPLY: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

Applicant Deadline (for domestic applicants) – Monday, March 9, 2020

This 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship attracts a diverse set of students who are exploring entrepreneurship in all its forms. This is a transformative experience blending academic frameworks, practical knowledge, and rich mentoring to help students build their entrepreneurial capabilities while developing their business.

Apply Here

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: Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Information Session (Online)

Tuesday, March 3rd | 4:00 to 5:00 PM | Register Here
Join us to learn about the one-year Master of Science in Entrepreneurship Program at the UW Foster School of Business. During the session, we will give you an overview of the program, discuss the student experience, and answer any questions that you have.

If you do not see an information session on the schedule that fits well with your schedule, please reach out to us directly at and we will be happy to set up a time to talk one on one.


ATTEND: Resource Night – Session 9: Your Logic – Crafting + Giving a Great Pitch

Tuesday, March 3rd | 6:00 to 8:00 PM | Paccar 192
Are you curious about entrepreneurship but not sure how to begin? Attend the Business Plan Practicum “Resource Night” sessions each week and learn the essentials of business planning first-hand from local entrepreneurs. 

On March 3, we will put the lessons from the previous class into practice as student teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. We’ll discuss the fundamentals of a great pitch, as well as investor mindsets, and fundraising versus friend-raising.


ATTEND: Dempsey Startup Competition Info Session

Friday, March 6th | 12:00 to 1:00 PM | Dempsey 211 | RSVP Here

Students who are interested in or planning to enter the Dempsey Startup Competition can attend this info session to learn about the structure of the competition, what to expect and how to prepare. The info session will be hosted by Sarah Studer, Dempsey Startup Competition manager. Lunch will be provided!

Not able to attend? Stop by the Buerk Center’s weekly drop-in office hours (Wednesday, 12:30-1:30pm) to speak with a program manager!


ATTEND: Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

Thursday, March 5th | 6:00 to 7:30 PM | Dempsey 211

Join us for our final session! BYOB is a workshop for undergraduate students who are ready to hit the ground running. Maybe you have a startup in the works or need a place to brainstorm with other students– this is the place to discover your next step and share your journey. Hosted by serial entrepreneur, Jana Kleitsch.

Open to all undergraduate students only, all disciplines. 

FIND YOUR PEOPLE! Team Formation Opportunities

Have an idea? Great! Meet other students who want to join your team.

UW StartupTree website

Looking for a team member to enter a competition or work on a startup project?  Do you have skills and want to join an existing team? Check out our UW StartupTree page to browse for a team to join or to find team members.

Sign up for the Buerk Center’s Entrepreneurship Newsletter!