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Resource Nights: ENTRE 440/540

Resource Nights (ENTRE 440/540 Business Plan Practicum), offered throughout winter quarter by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, bring in experts from the local entrepreneurial community to teach various aspects of creating a startup venture, from idea generation to legal issues to raising capital. Attending Resource Nights (ENTRE 440/540) is a great way to prepare for the Business Plan Competition (BPC), the Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), and the Health Innovation Challenge (HIC).

Resource Nights

Tuesdays (Winter Quarter)
6-7:50 p.m.
2 credits, Pass/No Pass basis
PACCAR Hall, room 192 (Shansby Auditorium)

Optional class credit

Resource Nights lectures are open to the community, but only UW students may register to take the class for credit. UW students can take Resource Nights for 2 credits by registering for ENTRE 440 (undergraduate) or ENTRE 540 (graduate), Business Plan Practicum. Undergraduate students register as usual. Graduate students email mbaregis@uw.edu.

Resource Nights 2018 Schedule

Resource Nights are open to students and the public. Can’t make it in person? Classes will be streamed live and the links posted below will become active when recording begins. Video of the featured speaker will be posted here the following Monday.

Step 0. Introduction

Subject / speakers

Amy Sallin,
Associate Director, Buerk Center, UW
Terry Drayton,
CEO, Livible

Topics

  • Introduction to key concepts
  • Class outline
  • BPC basics
  • Being an entrepreneur

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Step 1: Product

Subject / speakers

Guest speaker Steven Hooper, co-founder of Kigo Kitchen. Also hear from a panel of former Business Plan Competition participants:

  • Susan Tai, Homemeal Club (BPC 2017)
  • Richard Lee, EpiForAll (HIC, BPC, Accelerator 2017)
  • Logan Jacobs, Tournitek (HIC, BPC, Accelerator 2017)
  • Emily Willard, Engage Biotech (HIC, BPC, Accelerator 2016)

Topics

  • Review of survey results
  • The “ABCs” of company vision
  • Identifying key trends (picking your parade)
  • Filling a gap

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Subject / speakers

TBD

Topics

  • Review of product picks–what makes a great idea?
  • Problem/solution–interest and feasibility
  • Getting a team together

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Step 2: Plan

Subject / speakers

Gary Rieschel
Founder/Managing Director, Qiming Ventures

Jason Sokoloff
Head Librarian, Foster Business Library

Topics

  • Review of survey results
  • “3 Cs” of playing field assessment
  • How investors look at risk
  • Using “SWOT” to your advantage
  • SWOT/3Cs workshop

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Subject / speakers

Christy Johnson
CEO, Artemis Connection

Amy Nelson
CEO, The Riveter

Topics

  • Review of idea submissions
  • What is a Play?
  • Crossing the Chasm
  • Practical approaches to starting/navigating, including bootstrapping

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Subject / speakers

Tyler Hollenbeck
Partner at DLA Piper

Topics

  • Review of company submissions
  • Some surprising business model stories
  • Defining/choosing a business model
  • Estimating basic financials

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Step 3: Pitch

Subject / speakers

John Zagula
Founder & Managing Director at Ignition Capital

Topics

  • Positioning “XYZs”
  • Differentiation
  • Messaging “123s”
  • Getting the word out, efficiently

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(Unfortunately, the slide deck is unavailable for this recording)

Subject / speakers

John Zagula
Founder & Managing Director at Ignition Capital

Topics

  • Fundamentals of a good pitch (“gambit, nutshell, gift”)
  • Investor mindset
  • Friendraising/fundraising
  • Student pitch contest

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

Subject / speakers

Final Speaker TBD

Topics

  • Who says the sky is the limit?
  • Team Presentations
  • Class recap and discussion

Recorded links

View livestream class session
(link will go live at 6 pm when class begins)

 

Find a Team for the BPC, HIC, or BPC

Are you a student with a business idea but still need team members? Interested in joining an existing team? Watch the Buerk Center’s Facebook page for upcoming networking events fall and winter quarters. In addition, 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.

Q: Do I have to enter the Business Plan Competition if I take ENTRE 440/540 during winter quarter?
A: No, taking ENTRE 440/540 (in winter quarter) does not require you to enter the Business Plan Competition.

Q: Does turning in the class assignment for ENTRE 440/540 enter my idea into the Business Plan Competition?
A: No, the assignment for ENTRE 440/540 is the foundational research you need to help you prepare the executive summary required to enter the Competition.

Q: What is the deadline to enter the Business Plan Competition?
A: The deadline to enter the Business Plan Competition is: Monday, April 3, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Q: How many credits can I receive for competing in the Business Plan Competition?
A: You can receive up to four credits: two in winter quarter (ENTRE 440/540) for attending the Resource Nights and completing the BOA assignment, and two in spring quarter (ENTRE 440/540) for competing in the Competition. You must make it to the Investment Round (second round) of the Competition in order to receive credit for competing.

Q: What is the difference between ENTRE 440/540 in winter and ENTRE 440/540 in spring?
A: ENTRE 440/540 in winter is for the Resource Nights, which are intended to prepare you for the Business Plan Competition. ENTRE 440/540 in spring is for competing in the competition. If you make it to the Investment Round (second round) of the competition, you are eligible to earn two credits for competing. You can do this even if you did not take ENTRE 440/540 in winter quarter.

Q: Can I defer credit to another quarter?
A: No, you must register for the course and receive credit in the quarter you take it.

If you have additional questions, contact Amy Sallin at asallin@uw.edu or 206-685-9868.