Clean technology: the next industrial revolution

Guest post by Trenten Huntington, UW Foster School of Business MBA student

I recently had the opportunity to interview US Representative Jay Inslee (WA-01) about his thoughts on clean technology and the economy. The timing for this was perfect, as we get set for the third annual University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge. As student chair of the Challenge, I realize how solutions to the environmental problems we face require the support of our elected leaders.

As an MBA student interested in entrepreneurship and clean-tech, I feel like I have limitless opportunities to change how we interact with the planet. After speaking with Representative Inslee, I see that the private sector working alone may not have the resources to enact the change we seek. With this in mind, it’s good to know that people like him are working on energy independence and sustainable development for Washington State and the nation.

Watch the video of highlights from my conversation with the congressman.

If you’d like to join us on March 31, 2011 for the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge, please RSVP soon to Pam Tufts.

Trenten Huntington is a full-time MBA student at the Foster School of Business specializing in environmental management. He is the first-year representative for Net Impact and is an active member of the Foster community. Originally from Los Angeles, Huntington is passionate about minimizing our environmental impact through business.

Age differences, cultural diversity enhance MBA experience

Before he arrived at the Foster School, Alonso Velasquez (Evening MBA Class of 2012) thought most MBA students would be pretty young. He was pleasantly surprised to find that his fellow students came to the program at various points in their lives; many were married – some with children – and most had significant career experience under their belts. A native Peruvian with an international background, he also found at Foster an environment that values cultural diversity as part of an MBA education.

Watch other Foster students talk about challenges they overcame at the MBA program.

Breaking down barriers for LGBT students

Teresa Demel (Full-time MBA Class of 2011) came to the Foster School with broad experience in education and program management – and a passion for playing in a rock band. She discovered that LGBT students are a small minority at Foster, but turned that challenge into an opportunity to educate fellow students about the value of diversity and build community with others facing the same problem.

Watch other Foster students talk about challenges they overcame at the MBA program.

UW Business Plan Competition: where start-ups begin

For 15 years, new business ventures and innovations have sprouted from ideas to successful start-ups via the University of Washington Business Plan Competition. This economic engine at the Foster School of Business has grown to become an annual meet-up for hundreds of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and angel investors. Undergraduate and graduate students from multiple universities and every field—from engineering or physics to business or public affairs—compete for prize money year after year. So far, $1,332,000 has been awarded as seed money to new businesses.

“Long term, the entrepreneurial community in Seattle cannot be successful without the University of Washington,” said Craig Sherman, attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and competition judge.

“What’s most impressive to me is the incredible creativity of the students… coming together to produce what’s both technically feasible and makes business sense,” said Oren Etizioni, computer science and engineering professor and entrepreneur.