Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs

Seattle has the 2nd hottest start-up scene in the nation. Want to be a part of it? You can put your passion for entrepreneurship in action with the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Option (for business majors)

An entrepreneur is a person who sees an opportunity—and acts upon it. Entrepreneurs are leaders who are creative, innovative, ambitious, driven, dynamic, and energetic. The Entrepreneurship Option prepares students for an entrepreneurial career by offering a combination of coursework and practical experience. The required coursework establishes a foundation in entrepreneurship, including the necessary tools in marketing and finance. The choices for electives allow students to dive deeper into their areas of interest and network with successful entrepreneurs and create a company. Students may further enhance their experience through participation in the UW Health Innovation Challenge, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, or the UW Business Plan Competition. Watch this video to learn more about the elective Creating a Company class, check out other entrepreneurship classes available to entrepreneurship option students, and read more about the entrepreneurship option requirements.

Entrepreneurship Minor (for non-business majors)

Some people are just born to change the world. They see opportunities everywhere—from the daily annoyances to the grand challenges that face our society. But we can tell you that it takes more than a great idea. It takes the savvy skill set, knowledge, and energy of an entrepreneur. If you’re a visionary with the passion and determination to shape the future, get the business know-how with the Foster School’s competitive Entrepreneurship Minor for undergraduates. Watch this video to learn more about the minor’s cornerstone Creating a Company class, check out other entrepreneurship classes available to minor students, and read more about the entrepreneurship minor requirements. Applications accepted in Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

Lavin Entrepreneurship Program

Do you dream of creating your own startup? Aspire to launch a business, disrupt a market or change the world with your big idea? Would you stay up all night designing a logo, reworking a product, or filling a customer order—if the business were your own?

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, the UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship gives Lavin students the experience, skills, and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures.

Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Classes

The UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship offers you numerous opportunities to learn step-by-step the process of launching a new venture. Not only are there classes to introduce you to the landscape of entrepreneurship and the method of writing a business plan, but through our cornerstone Creating a Company coursework, you’ll apply your new-found knowledge of entrepreneurship in a real-world context! Learn about all the entrepreneurship courses.

Build Your Own Business (BYOB)

BYOB is for undergraduates (of any major) who have big ideas and are willing to work hard to see if those ideas have real potential. It is not a class or club – it’s an entrepreneur-led process of discovery. Students pitch an early idea, collaborate with one another, receive feedback and mentoring, and work through the steps to successfully launch their startup OR move forward with a new idea. By the end of winter quarter, students are ready to do the impossible – pitch to investors. No matter if you’ve got a startup in the works or are just beginning to develop an idea, this is a great way to meet other students and entrepreneurs who can help you get your business off the ground!

BYOB is led by Sarah Boden. Sarah has held every job on the org chart, from CFO to CIO to CEO and has worked at both Fortune 100 and pre-revenue startups. She brings a unique perspective of what a business needs to succeed from launch to scale.

BYOB is extracurricular and requires no registration or credit load, but we do look for students who are serious. Sessions are held every other Tuesday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. in Dempsey 211. Students from any major can participate.

Startup UW

Curious about the UW entrepreneurial scene or wondering if an entrepreneurship program is for you? Check out Startup UW! The club was created by students, for students, and offers a home to those who can’t fit a formal program into their schedule or hope to learn more without taking the plunge just yet. Startup UW offers activities every quarter to get members from across campus engaged in conversation and collaborating on entrepreneurial ventures. Drop-ins are always welcome! Look for the club on Facebook and at their website to learn about upcoming events and how to become a member.