UW entrepreneur networks

By guest blogger Zachary Okun (MBA 2010)

I’m a 2nd year UW Foster School of Business Full-time MBA student. I say “full-time” loosely as I’m also working at Alliance of Angels, a local angel investment forum where I get to work with dozens of entrepreneurs every month as they prepare to pitch to investors. It is easily the most rewarding and exciting job I have ever had, and it is a legacy among Foster MBAs—two 2nd year students are offered this position each year.

I also serve as president of the University of Washington Entrepreneur Network, a student-run organization that complements the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship‘s various offerings with events put on for, and by, MBA students. Over the past year we’ve heard from entrepreneurs (i.e., Tom O’Keefe, founder and ex-CEO of Tully’s), writers (i.e., Greg Huang of Xconomy fame), business brokers (i.e., Bill Pearsall of Bizbuysell) and many more. In addition to inviting more incredible speakers to campus, this year we plan to host a few events and competitions, including Pandora’s Challenge, StartupDay, Poker2.0 and a few others.

You’re probably getting the idea by now: there is no shortage of activities for those of you interested in entrepreneurship. From the courses and competitions put on by the CIE, to the student-led events, to the various organizations in the Seattle community (NWEN, Alliance of Angels, etc.), the hardest decision becomes which event NOT to attend.

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