2017-2018 Prototype Funding Application
Submission Deadline02/12/2018

Buerk Center Prototype Funding Application 2017-2018

Prototype funding can spur development and help convey your idea to a broader audience. We have funding available to teams that are entering the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge, the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, and the Business Plan Competition this year to help with creating a physical model, object, or device.

Student teams are invited to apply for funds that can be used to purchase materials, rent equipment, or hire short-term workers with high level skills beyond the team’s capacity.

There are multiple application deadlines (only apply once). Award notifications will go out approximately 1 week after each deadline.

Friday, November 17, 2017, by 12 noon
Friday, December 8, 2017, by 12 noon
Friday, January 12, 2018, by 12 noon 

Applicants will select which competition(s) they are requesting funding for. If you are awarded and accept funds, you must commit to entering one or more of the three Buerk Center competitions. Funds are provided in the form of a debit card that is available for teams with students from the state of Washington.

Be brief.  There are word limits.  This application should take about 60 minutes to complete. You may start, save, and return. 
Note: This is not your application to a Buerk Center competition.

Prototype funding may NOT be used for:

Business cards
3-D printers
Pay team members
Legal or other professional fees 

Awards generally are between $500 and $2,000, although other requests will be considered. All expenditures must be accounted for with receipts and the Buerk Center spending log, which will be provided.

Information you will need to complete this application:

  • Current student team member’s information. (We understand this may change.)
  • Description of the problem you are attempting to solve.
  • Description of the solution you are proposing.
  • Description of the prototype you will build to demonstrate your solution.
  • A budget estimate to build your prototype. Changes are expected but any major changes must be approved by the competition manager (contact info below).

Expense Report Deadlines

Teams that are eliminated in the Screening Round don’t need to reimburse money already spent, but your debit account will be closed and no additional funds may be used. Expense logs and original receipts must be delivered to the Buerk Center within 5 days after having been notified that you have not made it into the final competition. If you have questions or concerns, call or email the competition manager.

Teams that make it into the Final Round of the competition they applied to may not incur expenses past the final day of that competition (see Finalist dates below). Your debit account will be closed the end of that day. Expense logs and original receipts are due back to the Buerk Center within 5 days.

From time to time the Buerk Center may have additional funds available.  If you find that you need additional funding to build your prototype, send the budget info and a short explanation to the competition manager, or call.  Your request will be considered. 

Entry and Final Event Dates for the Competitions 

Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge
Enter by February 12, 2018
Finalists at Challenge on March 1, 2018
Contact Terri Butler, 206-685-5538 | tlbutler@uw.edu

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge
Enter by February 20, 2018
Finalists at Challenge on March 29, 2018
Contact Lauren Brohawn, 206-685-3813 |  brohal@uw.edu

Business Plan Competition
Enter by April 2, 2018
Finalists move on to Investment Round April 25, 2018
Contact Amy Sallin, 206-685-9868 | asallin@uw.edu

Questions? Contact the competition manager or email uwbuerk@uw.edu.

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