March 16, 2021

APPLY: Dempsey Startup Competition – Due April 5th | Questions? Email Sarah Studer: 

The Dempsey Startup Competition provides a real-world experience for student entrepreneurs, promoting student ideas and new venture creation to the entrepreneurial community. Participating in the Dempsey Startup gives students practice in the dynamics of venture creation by developing an idea, putting together a founding team, writing a business plan, and presenting to investors. In fact, many ideas that started as a class project turned into a start-up company through the competition process!  

 The Dempsey Startup Competition is open to undergrads and grad students at accredited colleges and universities across the Cascadia Corridor – Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and Alaska. 

APPLY: Entrepreneurship Certificate (non-MBA graduate students) – Open to all non-MBA graduate and Ph.D. students.  

The Buerk Center’s certificate in entrepreneurship prepares University of Washington graduate and Ph.D. 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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ATTEND: Buerk Center Office Hours – Every Wednesday | 12:30 – 1:30 pm PT | Sign Up Here 

Curious about entrepreneurship? Book a 30-minute Zoom session with the Buerk Center competition and academic managers to discuss your idea, resources, and ways to get engaged. Learn how to start your entrepreneurial journey or take the next step!  – Open to all UW students.   


CONNECT: Find Teammates With UW StartupTree 

New Forum Posts are live on the UW StartupTree platform including the Fundamentals for Startups winter lineup and more! Also, if you go to the MORE dropdown menu and select pages you’ll find updated Yearbooks for all three competitions featuring lists of ideas that competed in years past! And don’t forget to sign up for office hours with our UW StartupTree mentors.