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Are you curious about what it means to be an entrepreneur? Do you have an idea for a startup and want to learn how to go from idea to launch? Explore the resources here and receive practical guidance to get your own startup off the ground.

The tools and programs below are available to any UW student enrolled in an accredited program through our Bothell, Seattle, or Tacoma campuses.

Startup Rocket


The best entrepreneurs don’t randomly come up with creative ideas. There are proven steps anyone can work through to help define an innovative solution to a problem or need and it begins with something called IDEATION.

Sign up to use our Startup Rocket Ideation tool. Work to develop your own creative ideas, and get ready for your journey into the startup world!

Startup Rocket Ideation


Refine your idea and work through the process to develop your startup! Apply here to join our Startup Rocket Launch program, a framework that will guide you through ideation, validation, creation, growth, and launch.

Consider Startup Rocket Launch your virtual incubator program — work at your own pace, with plenty of resources to guide you along.

Startup Rocket Launch



Are you looking for an online community to engage with entrepreneurial students? Join UW’s StartupTree platform — a virtual hub to connect with student entrepreneurs across campus. You can use the StartupTree platform to:

  • Create a personal and/or startup profile
  • See what other students are working on
  • Schedule 1:1 sessions with mentors
  • Comment and add to Forum threads

StartupTree platform

Buerk Discord Get Starter


Connect to our new entrepreneurship server on Discord and take that hallway conversation between classes online! The UW Entrepreneurship discord is a place for current UW students to engage with other like-minded and innovative classmates. You can also chat with Buerk Center staff and gain access to exclusive channels for specific programs like our student competitions and more! UW students must adhere to all UW conduct policies.

  • Join channels
  • Follow conversation threads
  • Create teams


Quick Resources

Contact Us
Contact Us

Talk to the Buerk Center team during our weekly virtual Office Hours each Wednesday 12:30–1:30 pm PST, or email us to set a time for a 1:1 virtual meeting.

Competition Info
Competition Info

Test and validate your startup by entering a Buerk Center entrepreneurship competitions — all of which are currently being planned as an in-person experience in 2022!

More Resources
More Resources

Find answers to more questions you didn’t know to ask yet! Visit our Startup Resources page here.

Legal Questions
Legal Questions

Ready for legal assistance for your startup? The UW School of Law Entrepreneurial Law Clinic can help.