Welcome to the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Club (EVCC) at the UW Foster School of Business.
Our mission is to inform, inspire, and empower entrepreneurial Foster students and connect them to resources in the Seattle start-up and VC communities — and beyond.
The EVCC is the gateway between the Foster MBA program, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Seattle start-up and VC community. We also aim to increase awareness of Foster within the hiring community, ensuring that companies know to look for the best and brightest at UW.
Membership dues for 2018 – 2019 are only $40 for one year and $70 for two years.
Planned events for 2018 – 2019:
Venture Capital Panel: Moderated panel highlighting the career path and accomplishments of women in Venture Capital.
Techstars – Alexa Demo Day – Head out to Techstars for Alexa demo day with the opportunity to network with start-ups working on Amazon’s AI and ML-powered voice platform.
Market-Sizing & VC 101 – Fall Kickoff – Networking and training session to help First-years become acquainted with market sizing and basic VC terminology. Introduce the Foster Venture Fellows program.
Breakfast Clubs – Meet up with EVCC members twice per month for breakfast and coffee before class to chat about your business idea and discuss a rotating topic.
Founder Fireside Chats – Intimate speaker events with local start-up founders once per quarter with hosted bar and networking afterwards.
Winter Speaker Event: Future of Smart Buildings and IoT – Presentation from local experts showcasing innovative technology and business ideas for the transition to smart infrastructure and a world with IoT.
Last year we experienced a number of fun events that allowed students to dive into the start-up community in Seattle and make valuable connections. This upcoming year we are looking to throw even more opportunities your way! We are looking forward to an exciting year.
A Sample of 2017-2018 EVCC Events:
Foster + Techstars Seattle Partnership events – EVCC connected our members to the founders of 15+ start-ups at the Techstars incubator to set up independent study and consulting projects.
Guest Speaker – Apptio CFO and Co-Founder came to campus to share his experiences founding a start-up and navigating the IPO process.
Fireside Chat with the Founder and Chairman of Frazier Healthcare Partners
Cryptocurrency Mini-Case exercise with New Alchemy
Startup internship panels
Business Plan Competition – Pitch workshops and access to immediate team formation needs from outside the program
Unique Access provided through EVCC network:
Internship opportunity with Venture Capital firms – Sway Ventures and Madrona Ventures and Incubators: Kernel Labs and Jones + Foster
Independent Study with Angel Investors
Start-up Handbook – built over 5 years of club iteration and feedback from industry professionals, provided to members.
We also recommend that you check out the many competitions offered by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, such as the Environmental and Health Innovation Challenges and the Business Plan Competition.
Interested in starting your own company? Looking for advice on how to write a business plan, or how to pitch to investors? Wondering where to find co-working space or IT help? Check out the following startup resources:
Resources compiled by the Buerke Center (Business plan writing, pitching, etc): http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/entrepreneurship/Pages/startup-resources.aspx
Geekwire’s Startup Resource Directory (service provider directory and advice from experts): http://www.geekwire.com/startup-resources/
Google for Entrepreneurs (developer tools, consumer surveys, etc): http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/resources/
Want to find out the latest about Seattle’s startup scene? What about San Francisco? New York? Here are some great local and national news sites that we love:
Xconomy Seattle: http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/
TechFlash (small and large tech): http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/techflash/
Gigaom (national coverage of tech firms and the occasional small and mid-size): http://gigaom.com/
I want to network! Looking to meet fellow entrepreneurs at UW as well as in the greater Seattle community? Follow the EVCC’s calendar to find out about events at UW and around town. Check out the following links as well:
From coffees to conferences:
What about competitions? Interested in competing for prize money and recognition? UW has several great student competitions, including:
The UW Business Plan Competition: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/entrepreneurship/businessplancompetition/Pages/BPC.aspx
The UW Environmental Innovation Challenge: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/entrepreneurship/eic/Pages/eic.aspx
The UW Venture Capital Investment Competition: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/entrepreneurship/venturecapitalcompetition/Pages/VCIC.aspx
Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition: http://www.foster.washington.edu/centers/gbc/globalsocialentrepreneurshipcompetition/Pages/GSEC.aspx
Ok, how about a poster that summarizes everything? Sure, right here: http://startupseattle.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Startup-Community-Guide.pdf