Environmental Innovation Competition participants

Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

The Buerk Center promotes entrepreneurship to students across the University of Washington campus and beyond. Our students become leaders who challenge the status quo and change the way business is done.

Upcoming Deadlines

Prototype funding applications

Health-focused innovations: Application are now open. The deadline to apply is Monday, Dec. 14.
Environmentally focused innovations: Application opens Tuesday, Dec. 1 and closes Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight.

Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available 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, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity. Many teams go on to enter the new UW Health Innovation Challenge, Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, and/or the UW Business Plan Competition.

Program Highlights

UW Business Plan Competition

A premier Foster School event involving more than 400 alumni and entrepreneurs as judges, mentors, supporters.

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Encourages students to solve our world’s most pressing environmental problems with innovations that have market potential.

Health Innovation Challenge

A groundbreaking platform for innovation in the rapidly growing industry of health and healthcare.

Entrepreneurship Certificate

UW graduate students can earn a certificate in entrepreneurship while gaining real-world experience and mentoring from the best of Seattle’s thriving entrepreneurial community.

Jones + Foster Accelerator

Our accelerator helps early-stage, student-led companies get off the ground with six months of help from expert mentors and up to $25,000 in follow-on funding.