Thursday, December 10, 2015

Buerke Center Innovation Challenges

Prototype Funding Application Window is Open until Dec 14th midnight!

Prototype funding for the Health Innovation Challenge

Monday Nov 23rd – Midnight, Monday Dec 14th 
online application
Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to help with creating a physical model, object, or device.
Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity.
Application period opens November 23rd and the deadline is Monday, December 14th midnight.
Funds are provided in the form of a debit card that is available for teams with students from the state of Washington.

Be brief.  There are word limits.  This application should take about 60 minutes to complete. You may start, save, and return.  Let the review committee know you have worked hard to get discounts, free items, pro-bono work from experts that will augment your need for funds.
Prototype funding may not be used for marketing, business cards, displays, signage, visuals, etc. You cannot buy computers, 3-D printers, phones, or pay team members, transportation or lodging.  You cannot use funds for legal or other professional fees.  Awards generally are between $500 and $3000, although other requests will be considered. All expenditures must be accounted for with receipts and the Buerk Center spending log, which will be provided. Good luck!

Questions? Email Terri Butler at

Science and Technology Showcase (STS) 2016 Application, sponsored by SEBA and the Buerk Center!

The details….
Are you working on a technology that has potential for commercialization? Do you have a business idea in the science and technology space that you’d like to explore in more depth? Would you like a chance to win cash prizes?
Participating in STS allows you to further explore the commercialization potential of your science- and technology-based ideas by presenting them to an audience of fellow scientists and engineers, MBA students, and a panel of judges that includes prominent entrepreneurs and investors from the Seattle business community.
When: January 21st, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Event will open to everyone for Networking Night from 7:00 – 8:30 pm)
Where: Anthony’s Forum, Dempsey Hall
Applications here and due Friday, December 18th by 5pm. Selected presenters will be notified via email by Monday, December 21st by 5pm.

Apply for funding to build your prototype -application HERE, due Dec 20!
Student teams are invited to apply for funding to build prototypes for the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Chal­lenge. These funds can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with skills beyond the team’s capacity. Application closes Sunday, Dec. 20 at midnight.

About the Environmental Innovation Challenge
Students are our best hope for solving the world’s most pressing environmental problems. If you have passion and the desire to make an im­pact, the Challenge is for you. In the EIC, interdisciplinary student teams define an en­vironmental problem, design a solution, build a prototype and/or a computer simulation, and create a business summary that demonstrates the market potential.

What is eligible?

Any product, process or service that reduces waste, minimizes en­ergy consumption, and contributes to a healthier planet. Re-use, recycling, water usage, energy generation, green consumer prod­ucts, and nanotechnology - all are ripe for innovation.

Team Formation website is open!
Need to find a team/teammates for the EIC, HIC or BPC. Enter info

Due Dates (open to students from all colleges and universities in the Pacific NW)
·         Prototype Application Due Dec. 20, midnight.  Application Here!  You’ll be notified by Jan 6.
·         Team Registration, January 22 to February 1. Open your online account with basic team information.
·         EIC OFFICIAL ENTRY February 21, your 5-7 page business summary is due.  Top 21 teams will be selected to present at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Chal­lenge which is held on March 31, 2016.
Learn More: Visit or  or contact,
Business Plan Practicum
Are you entre-curious but not sure how to begin? Have you always dreamed of starting your own business? Do you already have a start-up and want to take it to the next level? Then register for ENTRE 540: Business Plan Practicum, a 2-credit course winter quarter Thursdays from 6–7:50 p.m. to make it happen!

Each class features the expertise of guest lecturers including top entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and professionals who know what it takes to launch an idea. And if you want to participate in the Environmental Innovation Challenge (EIC), the new Health Innovation Challenge (HIC), or the Business Plan Competition (BPC)—either starting a company or joining a team—this is a great way to learn what made past winners so successful.

Registration Info:
·         MBA students—Request an add code for ENTRE 540 by emailing
·         Non-Foster graduate students—Registration opens for non-MBA grad students November 30. Request an add code for ENTRE 540 by emailing
·         Undergraduate students register per usual process.

Questions? Contact Amy Sallin.