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Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

Supporting student entrepreneurs and the entre-curious since 1991

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

Business Plan Competition team
UW Business Plan Competition (BPC)

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

Read more about the BPC

Environmental Innovation Challenge contestant with sample
Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC)

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

Read more about the EIC

Health Innovation Challenge team pitching
Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge (HIC)

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

Read more about the HIC

Uphill Designs
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.

Read more about the Jones + Foster Accelerator

Lavin students
Lavin Entrepreneurship Program

Open to all undergraduate majors, the Lavin program provides students with the experience, skills and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures. Applications due October 22.

Read more about the Lavin Program

MBA students
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.

Read more about the Entrepreneurship Certificate

Foster students on campus
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.

Read more about the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program

Team Formation

If you’re a student seeking members for your HIC, EIC, or BPC startup team, or an individual hoping to join a team, check out our Student Entrepreneurship Team Formation site. Create your profile and then check out the Showcase page to browse for a team to join or to find team members.

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