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Foster climbs in U.S. News entrepreneurship rankings
UW Business Plan Competition Investment RoundUS News & World Report recently released its "Best Graduate Schools for 2012" rankings, and the University of Washington Foster School of Business was ranked 14 in the specialty area of entrepreneurship. For 2011, the school ranked 16 and the year prior 20.

The steady rise in the rankings is particularly gratifying for Foster’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Approaching its 20th anniversary, CIE has become the hub for entrepreneurial education and activity across the University of Washington campus, and is an integral part of the Northwest’s entrepreneurial community. More

Voltaic drives off with UW Environmental Innovation Challenge grand prize

Voltaic wins EIC grand prizeA quick look around the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge and you might think you’d wandered into a futuristic trade show: a wind power generator shaped like insect wings, electric vehicles, solar-powered water purification indicators, even airship transporters. But this event is not just about cool inventions. It’s about potential impact: does the idea reduce environmental impacts, improve ecological sustainability, conserve resources, and compete in the marketplace? Then prove it. More

Out to Launch
Great Start-Up Stories from CIE Alumni. In the 13 years that CIE has produced its annual Business Plan Competition, we’ve had 2,397 students (787 teams) participate in the spring event. We’ve awarded $872,000 in seed funding to 87 winning teams. Many of them have gone on to make us proud. Here are the stories of three of them.

Impel’s POD Device helps drugs jump the blood-brain barrier
Impel NeuropharmaIt sounds like science fiction: a device that delivers pharmaceutical drugs directly to the brain using something called “nose-to-brain” transport. But this is no sci-fi tale. The Pressurized Olfactory Delivery (POD) Device, developed by John Hoekman, UW PhD in pharmaceutics and chief scientific officer of Impel NeuroPharma, has the potential to solve one of the biggest problems facing the neurological drug industry today: getting drug molecules beyond the blood-brain barrier and into the central nervous system. More

Evolution Capital brings a holistic approach to start-up banking
Evolution Capital AdvisorsWhat’s it like being capital advisors to early-stage start-ups? “It’s one part investment banker, one part strategy consultant, one part coach, and one part shrink,” says Troy Hartzell (BA 2001), managing partner and co-founder at Evolution Capital Advisors. Hartzell and co-founder Kirk Van Alstyne (MBA 1996) run a boutique investment bank providing capital formation and strategic advisory services to entrepreneurial stage emerging-growth technology firms. More

Red Lantern Journeys takes travelers off the beaten path
Red Lantern Journeys“Bhutan is the country that measures gross national happiness and while it has been a relatively closed country, tourism is possible there,” says Ambrose Bittner (MBA 2004), founder and CEO of Red Lantern Journeys. Red Lantern is a Seattle-based start-up that specializes in some of the more “off the beaten path” travel destinations in Asia such as Bhutan and Myanmar. “Myanmar is really a unique country—undeveloped and untouched—and now’s a good time to go there. But we make sure to go over the risks and political situations in these countries so our clients are well informed before they arrive.” More

Top of the List

Seattle: #5 in the American City Business Journals' ranking of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas for small-business vitality.

Seattle: #5
in's rankings of the top ten clean-tech cities in the United States.

Seattle: #7
on the Toronto Board of Trade's Scorecard on Prosperity which benchmarks 24 global metropolitan areas based on economy and labor attractiveness. 

Upcoming Events

May 12, 2011
BPC Coaching Round
: Noncompetitive, but mandatory. Have your PowerPoints ready!

May 26, 2011
UW Business Plan Competition
Sweet 16, Final Round, and Awards Dinner 

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