Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Supporting student entrepreneurs and the entre-curious since 1991

Leonard Lavin (1919-2017)
The Buerk Center is deeply saddened by the passing of Leonard H. Lavin at the age of 97. Leonard, who attended University of Washington in the 1930s, was a huge advocate for undergraduate students—from all disciplines—who wanted to become entrepreneurs. Without his support, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program would not exist. Read more about his legacy now on the Foster Blog.  
 

About Us

Founded in 1991, the Buerk Center offers an exceptional curriculum, real-world experiences, and connections to the Seattle entrepreneurial community to inspire students from all majors and disciplines across campus to pursue their entrepreneurial passions.

While our core curriculum focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, finance, and marketing, our electives run the gamut from Venture Investing to Software Entrepreneurship, from Grand Challenges for Entrepreneurs to NeuroVentures. The Buerk Center focuses on the strengths of the University of Washington and Seattle, and creates new courses that capitalize on those strengths.

Seattle is also a magnet for entrepreneurs. It has an entrepreneurial culture, research powerhouses, support for early-stage entrepreneurs, sources of capital, a talented pool of workers, and a strong media to tell startup stories.

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.

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

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

Master of Science in Entrepreneurship

The new 12-month Master of Science in Entrepreneurship is offered by the UW Foster School of Business and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. This program will prepare you to launch by giving you the knowledge, mentoring, experience, and connections to build a high-impact startup.

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.