UW Bothell Business Development Center Celebrated its 5th Anniversary with a Breakfast to Remember


November 24, 2010
CONTACT: Richard Penny - (425) 352-3395 – pennyr2@uw.edu
BOTHELL, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell Business Development Center (BDC) celebrated its 5th Anniversary with close to 200 community supporters on Tuesday, November 16.

The event was kicked-off by keynote speaker Al Higginson, Chairman of the Board of both F5 and Hubspan.  Al spoke of his experience in starting, running and selling numerous businesses and offered students advice on becoming successful entrepreneurs.

The BDC used the event to recognize its founders, Prof. Steve Holland, Prof. Walt Freytag and former BDC Director Brooks Gekler, with its 1st Annual Founder’s Award.  Additionally, the breakfast event announced the BDC’s new 2010-2011 Entrepreneurs-in-Residence program featuring entrepreneurs Noah Alper, Lou Gray and Lev Lipkovker.  These experienced entrepreneurs will work closely with students and alumni throughout the school year to provide industry prospective on starting, funding and running successful businesses.

Of the anniversary, Barry Weisband, Director of the BDC, said, “The past five years have created a solid platform for the UW Bothell’s Business Development Center.  We look forward to the next five years and continuing to encourage and support entrepreneurship and business development throughout the region.  The BDC is growing rapidly into a center of excellence for entrepreneurship and technology where new ventures will be created, incubated, and positioned for high growth opportunities.”

The BDC also announced that it will host its first annual Business Plan Competition in May of 2011.  The Business Plan Competition will bring teams of students from across UW Bothell to pitch their new technology-based business plans to successful CEOs, entrepreneurs, venture capital investors and community leaders.  The winning team of this competition will receive over $15,000 in prize money and an array of start-up resources to assist the new venture in its incubation and launch stages.

The breakfast was made possible through the generous support of corporate sponsors including, Vertafore, Redapt Systems, Eric’s Famous Beverages, and Noah’s Bagels.  Support for the BDC comes from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation and the cities of Bothell, Woodinville, and Kenmore.

About UW Bothell’s Business Development Center: The University of Washington Bothell’s Business Development Center (BDC) was launched in 2005 with the energy and support of a group of founding partners. To learn more about UW Bothell’s BDC, visit www.uwb.edu/bdc.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. During the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell will debut a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It will also launch its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.