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Foster Business School, Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship announces classes and programs

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on September 29, 2017 - 10:48am

Register for Fall:  Two 2-credit classes

Open to all Undergraduate & Graduate students from any department. No experience necessary.

Environmental Innovation Practicum (2 credits) | Tuesdays | 4 to 5:50 pm

Cross-listed: ENTRE 443/543, ENGR 498A, ENVIR 495

In each weekly seminar, students will hear directly from the entrepreneurs solving some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems. Speakers include Amanda Sturgeon, CEO International Living Futures Institute and Chad Frischmann, VP Project Drawdown. Students then form interdisciplinary teams and create project-based solutions while receiving coaching from environmental professionals and entrepreneurs. Excellent preparation for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge. Questions? E-mail Lauren Brohawn:

Health Innovation Practicum (2 credits) | Thursdays | 5 to 6:50 pm

Cross-listed: ENTRE 490 A / 579 A/B

This hands-on, team-based course taught by Emer Dooley and Russell Benaroya provides graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines a chance to create health and healthcare solutions while hearing from fantastic leading-edge speakers. Excellent preparation for the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge.  Questions? E-mail Terri Butler:

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 

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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.

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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:

Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship  | University of Washington

Dempsey Hall Room 227 • Box 353223 • Seattle, WA 98195-3223

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