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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.

 

Leadership
TASHIYA GUNESEKERA CO- PRESIDENT    Prior to joining Foster, Tashiya spent four years working as an associate at BERK Consulting, a management consultancy focused on strategy, finance, and urban planning for the public sector. Before BERK, Tashiya served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she created the first library in her rural town. Tashiya was a Financial Analyst Intern at Icertis during the Summer of 2018.  Tashiya holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

TASHIYA GUNESEKERA
CO-PRESIDENT

Prior to joining Foster, Tashiya spent four years working as an associate at BERK Consulting, a management consultancy focused on strategy, finance, and urban planning for the public sector. Before BERK, Tashiya served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she created the first library in her rural town. Tashiya was a Financial Analyst Intern at Icertis during the Summer of 2018.

Tashiya holds a B.A. from the University of Southern California.

ROBERT SANDBERG  CO-PRESIDENT    Prior to joining Foster, Robert was a Project Manager in the commercial construction industry in Los Angeles, California. Robert hopes to translate his experience building over $350M worth of science-research facilities and Class A high-rise office buildings towards developing innovative technologies for the built environment.  Robert earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and holds a Professional Engineer license and a LEED AP BD+C credential.  Robert is interested in using entrepreneurial marketing to grow a sustaining business built around an innovative product that improves society. His industries of interest include: cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and space exploration.  Robert will be interning at LinkedIn this summer in Sunnyvale, CA within the Global Workplace Services team.

ROBERT SANDBERG
CO-PRESIDENT

Prior to joining Foster, Robert was a Project Manager in the commercial construction industry in Los Angeles, California. Robert hopes to translate his experience building over $350M worth of science-research facilities and Class A high-rise office buildings towards developing innovative technologies for the built environment.

Robert earned his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and holds a Professional Engineer license and a LEED AP BD+C credential.

Robert is interested in using entrepreneurial marketing to grow a sustaining business built around an innovative product that improves society. His industries of interest include: cloud computing, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and space exploration.

Robert will be interning at LinkedIn this summer in Sunnyvale, CA within the Global Workplace Services team.

NICK FERDERER  VICE PRESIDENT    Prior to joining Foster, Nick worked in our nation’s capital as a government relations professional. From accessing federal resources for Washington state’s military-connected and Native American schoolchildren to operationalizing mental health emergency care at scale, he worked on a variety of important policy issues. In addition to his advocacy experiences, Nick has also supported the President’s Export Council and Manufacturing Council at the United States Department of Commerce, worked on several winning campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, and chaired the Washington State Society’s annual charity gala.  Nick interned at Microsoft as a Business Program Manager.  Nick earned his B.A. in Social Sciences with concentrations in Public Policy and Literature from Washington State University Vancouver.

NICK FERDERER
VICE PRESIDENT

Prior to joining Foster, Nick worked in our nation’s capital as a government relations professional. From accessing federal resources for Washington state’s military-connected and Native American schoolchildren to operationalizing mental health emergency care at scale, he worked on a variety of important policy issues. In addition to his advocacy experiences, Nick has also supported the President’s Export Council and Manufacturing Council at the United States Department of Commerce, worked on several winning campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels, and chaired the Washington State Society’s annual charity gala.

Nick interned at Microsoft as a Business Program Manager.

Nick earned his B.A. in Social Sciences with concentrations in Public Policy and Literature from Washington State University Vancouver.

AUSTIN GUYETTE  VICE PRESIDENT    Austin is focused on technology entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest and particularly interested in enterprise software, AI/ML applied to vertical markets, frontier technology at the intersection of science and engineering, and technology enabling the intelligent systems of the future. Austin is spending the summer as an associate at Voyager Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm funding B2B technology companies in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and previously interned at M12 – the corporate venture capital arm of Microsoft.  Prior to Foster he was a consultant responsible for defining and executing clients’ technology strategy and spent two years at a startup applying big data analytics to healthcare.  He holds a B.S. in Physics from Bates College and in his spare time you can find him in the mountains skiing, climbing, and riding bikes.

AUSTIN GUYETTE
VICE PRESIDENT

Austin is focused on technology entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest and particularly interested in enterprise software, AI/ML applied to vertical markets, frontier technology at the intersection of science and engineering, and technology enabling the intelligent systems of the future. Austin is spending the summer as an associate at Voyager Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm funding B2B technology companies in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia and previously interned at M12 – the corporate venture capital arm of Microsoft.

Prior to Foster he was a consultant responsible for defining and executing clients’ technology strategy and spent two years at a startup applying big data analytics to healthcare.

He holds a B.S. in Physics from Bates College and in his spare time you can find him in the mountains skiing, climbing, and riding bikes.

 
 
 
Events

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.

Startup and VC Resources

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:

Geekwire (Seattle’s Top 200 and many more): http://www.geekwire.com/   http://www.geekwire.com/geekwire-200/

Xconomy Seattle:  http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/

TechCrunch:  http://techcrunch.com/startups/

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:

http://startupseattle.com/events/

http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/local-events/

http://startupgrind.com/seattle/

http://www.meetup.com/SeattleTechMeetup/

http://seattle.startupweekend.org

http://www.impacthubseattle.com/calendar

 

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

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