Grads & Undergrads: ENTRE Digest: Team Formation Night, Student Leadership Opportunities, and more!

Attend: Entrepreneurship Fest 2017
There’s something for everyone and still more to explore! Whether you’re a die-hard entrepreneur, interested in working for a startup, or just curious, this is your opportunity to try it out as you learn from startup CEOs, serial entrepreneurs, and fellow student innovators.
View the month-long schedule:

Attend: Team Formation Night #1: Maker Mixer
Wednesday, October 18 | 5:30 – 8 pm | Fluke Hall | RSVP
Innovative? Meet other students who share your interests while checking out the Maker Space with 3D printers and more!
Under the Find Your People section at the bottom of this email, view other upcoming team formation nights. Connect with other students who want to join your team and learn something new in the same night Open to all students, all disciplines.

Apply: The Lavin Entrepreneurship Program
Open to all undergraduate students – all majors.
Do you dream of creating your own startup? Aspire to launch a business, disrupt a market or change the world with your big idea? 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, students gain the experience, skills and know-how to succeed in their future business ventures. Application deadline: October 22. Apply here:

Apply: Entrepreneurship Minor (non-business majors)
Open to all non-business majors. Pre-reqs: ECON 200, ACCTG 219
Entrepreneurs come from every discipline. They are adept at turning novel ideas into reality, and are not afraid of challenging the status quo or tackling the big problems in society and science. But the truth is that it takes more than an idea to be successful: it takes the knowledge, experience, and network of a smart leader. Students who pursue the Entrepreneurship Minor are creative and energetic, with a critical eye for opportunities and the passion and skill to follow through. Application deadline: October 25
Learn more:

Apply: Entrepreneurship Certificate (non-MBA graduate students)
Open to all non-MBA graduate and PhD students.
The Buerk Center’s certificate in entrepreneurship prepares University of Washington graduate and PhD students for the world of start-ups and new technology enterprises. Our emphasis on cross-campus involvement means you’ll take entrepreneurship courses alongside students from other disciplines, work with UW inventors on their market-ready applications, and have the opportunity to apply for fellowships in UW technology ventures or local angel funds. Certificate students, whose disciplines range from engineering and architecture to drama and medicine, take classes, gain real-world experience, and network with the region’s most innovative entrepreneurs. Working together, students bring ideas to life. Rolling admissions.
Learn more: 

Join a Committee:  Startup Competitions Seek Leaders

Looking for a leadership opportunity?  Help build the buzz for our three high-profile startup competitions across campus: the Holloman Health Innovation Challenge, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, and the Business Plan Competition! Email the Buerk Center to learn more:

MBAs Needed: Business Plan Competition Co-chairs
The volunteer BPC co-chair position is a great way to connect with the players in the Seattle entrepreneurial community. BPC co-chairs plan and organize large networking events in conjunction with SEBA, organize and oversee mentor coaching office hours program, assist with the three live rounds of the BPC and awards dinner—plus much more! Interested MBAs should send a letter of interest and resume via e-mail to Amy Sallin by October 16.

MBAs Needed: Co-chairs for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge and the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge.
Estimated time commitment is through April 6, 2018, 4hrs/week in fall quarter, 2-4hrs/month in winter quarter, plus event day. Apply by October 20 for current academic year to Lauren Brohawn for the EIC, or Terri Butler for the HIC.

 Jump In! Fall Workshop Series

The Buerk Center is ready to meet you wherever you are in the process of becoming an entrepreneur. Attend one, two, or all three of these workshops to gain valuable experience. Open to all students, all disciplines. 12:30 to 2 pm at Area 01 in Maple Hall. 

Customer Discovery Workshop
Thursday, October 26
Don’t let your idea fail because you don’t have enough customers. Learn how to hear what they are trying to tell you, while meeting other students with ideas just like you.
Please RSVP in advance. 

Market and Competitors Workshop
Thursday, November 9
Learn how to check out the competitive landscape effectively and tweak your plan so you have a unique offering to customers. Meet other students with ideas just like you!
Please RSVP in advance.

Preparing for Launch Workshop
Thursday, November 30
Time to put together all the pieces. Learn the components of a good business plan while addressing any glaring gaps that could keep your idea from becoming a success! Also, meet other students with ideas just like you.
Please RSVP in advance.

Find Your People! Team Formation Nights

Have an idea? Great! Meet other students who want to join your team and learn something new in the same night. Open to all students, all disciplines.

*NEW* The 2018 Student Entrepreneur Team Formation website is launched!
Looking for a team member to enter a competition or work on a startup project?  Do you have skills and want to join an existing team? Check out our Student Entrepreneurship Team Formation site. Create your profile, then check out the Showcase page to browse for a team to join or to find team members. Please note, this is for current students only!

Maker Mixer
Wednesday, October 18 | 5:30 – 8 pm | Fluke Hall | RSVP
Innovative? Meet other students who share your interests while checking out the Maker Space with 3D printers and more!

Design Thinking
Wednesday, November 1 | 5:30 – 8 pm | HUB 250 | RSVP
Learn how to develop a user-centered way to conceive and create a successful product.

Rapid Prototyping
Tuesday, November 4 | 5:30 – 8 pm | Area 01, Maple Hall 122 | RSVP
This will help you meet others and get to your minimum viable product – one you can test with users and improve before going for larger scale production.

Past Participants Panel
Wednesday, December 6 | 5:30 – 8 pm | HUB 214 | RSVP
They were once students just like you. Experience their insights into the competition process.


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