Come to a Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship Open House this fall to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship focused classes, competitions, and events at the UW!
Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

The Buerk Center promotes entrepreneurship to students across the University of Washington campus and beyond. Our students become leaders who challenge the status quo and change the way business is done.

Program Highlights

The UW Business Plan Competition

A premier Foster School event involving more than 400 alumni and entrepreneurs as judges, mentors, supporters.

The Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

Encourages students to solve our world's most pressing environmental problems with innovations that have market potential.

Entrepreneurship Certificate

UW graduate students can earn a certificate in entrepreneurship while gaining real-world experience and mentoring from the best of Seattle's thriving entrepreneurial community.

Jones + Foster Accelerator

Our accelerator helps early-stage, student-led companies get off the ground with six months of help from expert mentors and up to $25,000 in follow-on funding.

Top 20 for Entrepreneurship

The Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine ranked Foster's MBA program #12 and undergraduate program #19 of in their listing of the 25 best entrepreneurship programs in the U.S. Foster graduates have started 140 companies and collectively raised $11 million in the last five years.

Environmental Innovation Practicum

Interested in cleantech and discovering marketable solutions to our most pressing environmental problems? Register now for the Environmental Innovation Practicum (Fall Quarter, 2 credits)

Apply to Lavin

​Are you an entrepreneur at heart? Are you passionate about turning your ideas into reality? Apply Now to the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program (for undergrads of all majors).