Graduate Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Maybe it's the start-up that's already swirling in your brain. Maybe it's your desire to work for an early-stage company. Maybe it's your passion for technology commercialization or angel investing or environmental innovation. It's all here.

To prepare yourself for the wild ride in the real world, learn everything you can about entrepreneurship, strategy, finance, and marketing. Focus on the decisions that entrepreneurs have to make, the skills they need to master, the experiences that combine knowledge with insight, the practice of working with a diverse group of people, and your connections with the larger Seattle community. By knowing how it all comes together, you'll be developing your own identity as an entrepreneur.

Questions? Contact: Samantha Ogle at samogle@uw.edu or 206-616-8687.

New Ventures Practicum (ENTRE 600)

The Center for Commercialization's (C4C) New Ventures unit, which helps evolve ideas from concept to start-up, recruits graduate students with strong business and marketing skills, and an interest in technology commercialization. Work with the inventor of actual UW research, as well as with C4C's entrepreneurs-in-residence and tech managers. Be an integral member of a start-up team to conduct market research, develop business plans, and explore funding potential.

Quarter(s) Offered

Available Projects

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Autumn, Winter, Spring

10 hours/week

Engineering Projects



Life Sciences Projects

Email resume and 1-page statement of interest to Samantha Ogle at the Buerk Center.



Deadline to Apply for Spring Quarter 2014: Feb. 28



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NeuroVentures (ENTRE 579)

Instructor:Sam Browd, attending neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Harborview Medical Center, and faculty at the UW Medical Center.

NeuroVentures is a seminar and project-based class that is focused on bringing neuro-related ideas and innovations to market. The course begins with an overview of neurotechnology and the big needs in neurology, psychiatry, imaging and diagnostics, education, health care, etc. In the weeks that follow, students will form teams and work collaboratively to evaluate ideas and opportunities, understand the competitive landscape, develop a business model, talk with potential customers, and create an executive summary that describes the start-up opportunity.



Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

 Winter (4 credits)

Winter Quarter 2014 Syllabus
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Software Entrepreneurship (ENTRE 532)

Instructors: Ed Lazowska from the School of Engineering, and Greg Gottesman managing director at Madrona Venture Group.

A case- and project-based course, focusing on starting a software or hardware company. Guest entrepreneurs, lawyers, and financiers discuss market identification & analysis, planning the business, financing, and typical operating/administrative problems.



Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Winter (4 credits)

Winter Quarter 2014 Syllabus

 

Permission required to register.



Because this is a team project course and has limited capacity, everyone needs to be all-in. If you're ready to commit, complete this survey. Once you have completed the survey we'll assume you plan to enroll in the course if there is room.



Questions? Contact Samantha Ogle.

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Business Opportunities in Global Health and the Developing World (ENTRE 579)

Instructor: Emer Dooley

The class will begin by framing the agenda from the 2010 report on the Global Burden of Disease. We will then explore many of the models used to tackle the issues in global health, using public-private partnership, corporate, and entrepreneurial cases. The class will examine and debate the efficacy of efforts in combating the big three:  AIDS, malaria and TB, as well as look at the economics of eradication efforts in guinea worm and policy, study the funding architecture for global health, and look at issues around neglected diseases and pricing models for the developing world.

Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Spring (4 credits)

Spring Quarter 2014 syllabus

Request this class through the usual registration channels.

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Angel Investing (ENTRE 579)

Instructor: Sue Preston

In this multi-quarter venture investing course you will learn about entrepreneurship and venture investing by participating in angel investor groups and making actual angel investments. This class is limited to 12 - 14 students. Entry into the course is competitive and requires instructor approval and a multi-quarter commitment.


Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Autumn (4 credits)

Winter (2 credits)

Spring (2 credits)

Autumn 2014 - Spring 2015 syllabus
             

           

Open to MBA students only.

Application deadline for the 2014-2015 class is May 13, 2014 at 8:30am.

Please submit a copy of your resume, a couple of references, and a brief description of your career interests and how this class will be of use to you, via email to Ellen Pepin: ellenp2@uw.edu.

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Technology Commercialization (ENTRE 541)

Instructor: Ken Myer

Thousands of patents for innovative technologies are granted each year, yet only a fraction of them reach the market as products. Turning a technology into a compelling product—and bringing that product successfully to market—is the opportunity of technology commercialization. Experience the process of building an effective commercialization plan for a promising technology invented by you or other researchers.



Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Winter (4 credits)

Spring 2013 syllabus

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Venture Capital Investment Competition (ENTRE 542)

Instructor: Diane Renihan

The VCIC is a national strategy competition for venture-minded, entrepreneurial grad students. In this competition student teams assume the role of a venture capital firm. Each university team is given a hypothetical fund to invest and has 48 hours to evaluate bona fide business plans before making investment decisions. Teams then defend their allocation decisions before a judging panel of VCs from firms.



Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Autumn (2 credits)

Autumn 2014 syllabus

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Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ENTRE 600)

Instructor: Jennifer Fan

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. The course is taught and administered by the UW School of Law and supported by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. The Clinic teams law and business students with pro bono attorneys and business advisors to provide critical early stage legal and business counseling to local start-ups and small businesses.



Quarter(s) Offered

Syllabus

How to Register/Apply

Class Details

Autumn (2 credits)           
          
Independent Study

Please Note:
You can take 1, 2, or 3 quarters of this class consecutively starting in autumn.


Autumn 2013 syllabus

This course is open to students who have taken the core ENTRE classes.
          
Application deadline: May 19.

Complete the application form and email with your resume to samogle@uw.edu.




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Additional recommended graduate level classes for the 2014-2015 school year

Biomedical Entrepreneurship  ENTRE 579 / BIOE 505

(4 credits) Autumn 

Business Plan Practicum ENTRE 540/ENTRE 440

(2 credits) Winter

Entrepreneurial Decision Making  ENTRE 530

(4 credits) Winter

Entrepreneurial Finance ENTRE 557 / FIN557

(4 credits) Autumn, Winter, Spring

Entrepreneurial Marketing  ENTRE 555 / MKTG 555

(4 credits) Autumn, Winter

Entrepreneurial Strategy ENTRE 510

(4 credits) Autumn

Environmental Innovation Practicum

ENTRE 543/ENTRE 443

(2 credits) Autumn

Foundations of Entrepreneurship

ENTRE 509

(2 credits) Spring

Impact Entrepreneurship

ENTRE 579

(4 credits) Spring

Marketing High-Tech Products and Services

MKTG 575

(4 credits) Spring

New Product Development MKTG 510

(4 credits) Spring