Upcoming trainings and events

Fiona Wills, Director of Innovation Development Group at UW CoMotion

Hackathons (finding a business idea):

•       GIX Innovation Competition 2021 (AgTech) > open to all students from the PNW

2021 All-Virtual Science and Technology Showcase:

•       Do you have a science or technology based business idea that you think has major untapped potential? Are you a student entrepreneur working on your own project that you plan to compete with at this year’s Holoman Health Innovation Challenge, Alaskan Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, or the Dempsey Start Up Competition? Presented by SEBA and the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship of the UW Foster School of Business, the Science & Technology Showcase (STS) is a poster-and-pitch competition that allows students with very-early-to-mid stage ventures to explore the commercialization potential of their science and technology based ideas.
Application due Friday, January 1, 2021, Showcase Thursday, January 28, 2021 Apply here.

Team formation event:

  • [Next date in January, TBA]: Have an idea? Now you just need a team to bring it to life. Don’t have an idea? Contribute your skills and make someone else’s idea a reality! You’ll hear about Buerk Center competitions and connect with students who have ideas or could be on your team. This event is for all ideas, all levels. Open only to registered UW students. [link to be provided soon]

Business plan competitions:

Prototyping your business:

•       BYOB: Build Your Own Business (all UW students) – Thursday, January 7th | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PT
•       Campus Makerspaces (all UW students, the Mill is open in limited capacity)
•       BYOB: Build Your Own Business (all UW students) – Thursday, January 21st | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PT

Working on building your business:

•       Arctic Advanced manufacturing innovators program: Applications for the second cohort of the Arctic Innovator Program are open until January 8, 2021, and selected candidates will start next summer. DOE’s Arctic Innovator Program sponsors innovators to spend two years splitting their time between a National Lab and UAF developing their technology and pursuing its real-world implementation (which can include building a startup).  Arctic Innovators receive a competitive personal stipend, a travel and training allowance, health insurance, and resources to perform their work.  Innovators must be “early career professionals” — typically recent Masters or PhD graduates.  The host National Lab receives funding to support the Innovator’s research at the Lab.  Innovators must be working on an “arctic challenge” and have research that fits within the mission of DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office — these requirements are not as limiting as you might think.

Overview of Corporate and Intellectual Property Issues for Startups:

•       When should you form your company? Should your company be structured as a C-Corp, LLC, non-profit, or some other entity? What are the ways you can protect your intellectual property? When should you file a patent? We will discuss these and other relevant legal issues for startups. This discussion will be led by the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic.
Open to all – January 8, 12:30-1:30 pm PT on Zoom Register here.

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