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The Institute of Translational Health Sciences and Washington Research Foundation (WRF) Summer MBA Fellowship program offers graduate students an opportunity to build a commercialization plan for a promising technology.
Fellows are first paired with an early-stage technology from University of Washington’s CoMotion, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, or Benaroya Research Institute. They then work with the inventors, as well as mentors from ITHS, WRF, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, and CoMotion, to evaluate if the technology presents a start-up or licensing opportunity.
The 10-week fellowship is divided into three phases: technology discovery and evaluation, market opportunity assessment, and product assessment. The fellowship concludes with a final presentation.
The fellowship awards four students with $10,000 stipends each and is managed by the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship, with support from ITHS, WRF, and CoMotion.
All UW Foster MBAs, Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate students (who have taken the core ENTRE classes), and graduate students with entrepreneurial interests/backgrounds are eligible to apply.
Past fellows have included students from bioengineering, business, engineering, health sciences, information science, international relations, and law.
Investigators who think they could benefit from working with an MBA fellow should contact Kim Folger Bruce to learn more.