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Entrepreneurship Events

Workshop: Ideation and Design Thinking/Industry Pain Points

Thursday, Oct 11 | 12:30-2:00pm | HUB 250
Join us for an ideation workshop that will get your innovative gears moving! Our guest speakers will tell you where the industry pain points are and will lead a studio workshop designed to get you thinking about the big needs in health, environment, or other areas. Find something that fits your interests and is worth pursuing.

Team Formation Night: Maker Mixer and Rapid Prototyping

Wednesday, Oct 17 | 5:30-8pm | Fluke Hall Maker Space (Rm 215)
Have an idea? Now you just need to make it. Come meet others who can help you at the Maker Mixer where you’ll hear about the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship competitions for solutions to all sorts of problems out there. You’ll learn how to use the 3D printers, sewing machines, and other tools. Get inspired to create something grand.

Team Formation Night: Build a Sustainable Future

Thursday, Nov 1 | 5:30-8pm | Gould Court
Attend the second Team Formation Night this fall whether you came to the first or are planning to attend the third! At this installment, you’ll hear about the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship competitions, meet students who have ideas or could be on your team, and learn from (Ben/Eric) about how to build a more sustainable future. All students whether environmentally focused or not are encouraged to come to this event.

Workshop: Customer Discovery and Market Validation Shakeout

Thursday, November 8 | 12:30-2pm | HUB 145
Have an idea but aren’t sure of how it would hold up in the real world? Do you even have a market? Considering customer needs up front can save a lot of time downstream when costs start to add up. Join our experts in a shakeout studio designed to help you learn how to reach out to your customer base early for feedback, even before you have a prototype, scope out the competition, and pilot your idea.

Team Formation Night: Health Care and Life Sciences Innovation: The Nanodropper Team

Tuesday, Nov 13| 5:30-8pm | Foege N130
Calling all biology, health science, bioengineers, public health, and other students interested in bringing an idea through a Buerk Center competition. Members from one of our past teams, Nanodropper, will talk about their amazing experience in the competition and beyond as their idea caught national attention. All students, whether health focused or not, are encouraged to come to this event.

Team Formation Night: Panel of Past Participant

Wednesday, Nov 28 | 5:30-8pm | HUB 145
Thinking about entering the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge or the spring Business Plan Competition? You will want to come hear these people talk about their experiences! Some teams had companies up and running by the end of the year, but even if they didn’t, participants all said it was an amazing experience. We will have a mix of speakers who can share the highlights from their point of view. This is our final Team Formation Night of the quarter so you don’t want to miss it!

Team Building & Networking Night

Thursday, January 24 7–8:30 pm

Anthony’s Executive Forum, Dempsey Hall room 302 Final ( and largest) networking event before the 2018 competitions!
Business Plan Practicum (ENTRE 440/540) Begins Tuesday, January 8, 6:00-7:50pm
Speakers and resources that will help you understand how to build a business plan. Great prep for the HIC!

Workshop: Legal Issues and Intellectual Property with the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

Tuesday, Jan 15 | 12:30-2pm | HUB 250
RSVP (tba)
How do you know if you should worry about intellectual property? When should you submit a patent? How should your company be structured, as a C-corp, LLC, non-profit, or other entity? When should you actually form your company? These and other things you should think about will be discussed. This will be in conjunction with the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Wednesday, Mar 6, 1:00-6:00pm, HUB North Ballroom, U Washington.
Teams set up demos/simulations in the morning and pitch to a room full of judges early afternoon. Reception follows.

Alaska Airlines Environment Innovation Challenge

Wednesday, April 3, 1:00-6:00pm, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Business Plan Competition Investment Round

Monday, April 15
Announcement of the 36 teams advancing to the live Investment Round

Business Plan Competition Sweet Sixteen and Final Round

Thursday, May 23
Sweet Sixteen (top 16) and Final Round (top 4)

Business Plan Competition Competition Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 24
Dinner and Awards Ceremony (all teams from Investment Round, judges, sponsors)