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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 entrepreneurship and venture capital-minded 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 $35 for one year. 

Just a few of the planned events for 2019 – 2020:

–         Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Fall Kickoff – Networking and training session to help MBAs become acquainted with the Buerk Center’s entrepreneurship and venture capital programs throughout the year, and introduce the Foster Venture Fellows program.

–         Venture Capital Panel: Moderated panel highlighting the career path and accomplishments of women in Venture Capital.

–         “Business Case in 60 Seconds” Pitch Event – Sign up to pitch your idea in 60 seconds to a panel of VC-industry judges and win $100! Networking and a hosted bar will be included.

–         Techstars – Head out to Techstars in Winter Quarter for the opportunity to network with start-ups working on cutting-edge technologies in the Seattle area.

–         Breakfast Clubs – Meet up with EVCC members once 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, including hosted bar and networking.

 

Leadership
MARC PUJOL  PRESIDENT    Marc comes to Foster’s full-time program following eight years in the Renewable Energy and Utilities industry in Los Angeles and Boston. His experience in energy includes acquiring, integrating and divesting of small companies, and now as President of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club he hopes to share those experiences with others as well as build on them by listening to the unique stories of Foster classmates and faculty. Marc graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science.

MARC PUJOL
PRESIDENT

Marc comes to Foster’s full-time program following eight years in the Renewable Energy and Utilities industry in Los Angeles and Boston. His experience in energy includes acquiring, integrating and divesting of small companies, and now as President of the Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club he hopes to share those experiences with others as well as build on them by listening to the unique stories of Foster classmates and faculty. Marc graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Political Science.

ALLIE BACHARACH  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Allie is pursuing her MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in Marketing first in the Bay Area and then in Portland, she has decided to travel up north to further her education. Her goal is to actively engage with the Seattle community, expanding her peers and her own knowledge.  Allie is also a board member of the Real Estate Club as well as a member of Consulting and Women in Business.

ALLIE BACHARACH
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Allie is pursuing her MBA from the University of Washington, Foster School of Business. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After working in Marketing first in the Bay Area and then in Portland, she has decided to travel up north to further her education. Her goal is to actively engage with the Seattle community, expanding her peers and her own knowledge.

Allie is also a board member of the Real Estate Club as well as a member of Consulting and Women in Business.

SHOBHIT GUPTA  EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT    Shobhit is an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast with a mission to blend the art of startup with the VC math at EVCC. He is an engineer by vocation and story-teller by avocation who loves to spend free time in the mountains and snow. Feel free to reach out to him for any business modeling, design and go-to-market advice.

SHOBHIT GUPTA
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

Shobhit is an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast with a mission to blend the art of startup with the VC math at EVCC. He is an engineer by vocation and story-teller by avocation who loves to spend free time in the mountains and snow. Feel free to reach out to him for any business modeling, design and go-to-market advice.

 
 
 
Events

Just a few of the planned events for 2019 – 2020:

–         Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Fall Kickoff – Networking and training session to help MBAs become acquainted with the Buerk Center’s entrepreneurship and venture capital programs throughout the year, and introduce the Foster Venture Fellows program.

–         Venture Capital Panel: Moderated panel highlighting the career path and accomplishments of women in Venture Capital.

–         “Business Case in 60 Seconds” Pitch Event – Sign up to pitch your idea in 60 seconds to a panel of VC-industry judges and win $100! Networking and a hosted bar will be included.

–         Techstars – Head out to Techstars in Winter Quarter for the opportunity to network with start-ups working on cutting-edge technologies in the Seattle area.

–         Breakfast Clubs – Meet up with EVCC members once 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, including hosted bar and networking.

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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