Inspiration. Workshops. Networking. Pitch Competition.

January 10 - 14, 2022


We are currently planning for this event to be in person!


Whether you want to start a new organization, work for an existing one, or are simply curious and motivated, you will benefit from this week. We assign you into groups of three or four to create, research, develop and pitch an idea. You will learn entrepreneurial and life-skills amidst inspirational speakers, mentors, and leaders in the for-profit and nonprofit professional community.

  • Prior entrepreneurial experience or an idea required? No!
  • Motivation, curiosity, and commitment to fully participate required? Yes!

New in 2022, a total of $6,000 in cash prizes!!

  • $3.5K for first place team,
  • $1.5K for second place team and
  • $1K for best understanding of the problem

These funds are not tied to the idea/venture you create during the Winterim week.

The Application period is now open. Applications received by November 12, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

Interested in competing through InventOR? The Winterim pitch competition counts as Lewis & Clark’s InventOR competition. Any team that is not part of Winterim needs to contact Catarina Hunter before December 15, 2021 in order to compete on January 15.


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The Bates Center’s Winterim is a fast-paced immersive week designed to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills in a supportive and fun environment. No prior entrepreneurial experience is required or expected.

Our 2020 keynote topic was Ethics in Entrepreneurship. Our keynote speaker was Erika Cheung, one of the key whistleblowers in the Theranos scandal that stopped the company from processing thousands of patients samples with faulty technology. The story has been covered in the book Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, 60 minutes, ABC news, and recently the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley. 

After working for biotechnology companies, she committed herself to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hong Kong and throughout Asia. She is now an advisor for Betatron, a startup accelerator based in Hong Kong investing in early-stage companies. She also works as a venture partner raising capital for biotech and healthcare companies in emerging markets. 

Currently, she is launching a new nonprofit, Ethics in Entrepreneurship a social movement aimed at implementing ethics within the tech industry. EIE acts as the connective tissue between tools, resources, and experts to implement ethics into the core of their businesses. 

Workshops included in Winterim 2020:

  • Lean Start-Up and Design Thinking 

  • Minimally Viable Product  

  • Liberal Arts & Future of Work   

  • Personal Financial Literacy
  • Customer Validation 

  • Overview of Funding Sources

  • Telling Your Story

  • Personal Financial Literacy

  • Productivity & Decision-Making

  • Art of the Sale 


Students discuss their experiences during the workshop.


Winterim counts as a co-curricular requirement if the student is pursuing a Minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation.  

Priority and Financial Aid Application deadline is November 12, 2020

See the 2022 application and tuition pages. For questions, please email or 


  • Winterim in Action

    “Winterim was amazing! It provided me with a platform to connect and build relationships that I will have for the rest of my life. More importantly it opened my eyes and helped me see what I was made of. I was thrown in the fire of brainstorming and problem solving with not much time to work with. I learned that I was able to act as an entrepreneur, think of an idea and help develop the idea with a team. Every day since Winterim I have been thinking about the speakers that I listened to, the advice from mentors, and the skills I have acquired. I can gladly say that my Winterim experience will assist me every day of my future.”

    — Adrian Romero ’19  (Rhetoric and Media Studies)


  • Winterim in Action

    “One of the most important lessons I derived from Winterim was how to prioritize my time most effectively to be adaptive to the kinds of challenges that face an entrepreneur. After Winterim, I feel immensely more prepared than before to enter the professional working world of my major. I was also lucky enough to be given the opportunity to network with a broad spectrum of entrepreneurs from whom I gleaned numerous valuable lessons that helped me to become more equipped to approach obstacles I might face in the near future as an emerging professional.”

    — Ahmed Gedi ’19 (Computer Science)


  • Winterim in Action

    “Upon entering college, I was anxious about lots of things but the most striking was that I would be at the bottom of a system again as a freshman. I constantly looked around for opportunities to prove myself and this opportunity came around with Winterim. Of course, I can’t speak highly enough of how amazing our mentors were and how much I learned in just a week, but there is something in particular that really struck me after finishing the week. I finally proved to my peers and higher-ups that a freshman could do just as well if not better than the juniors and seniors. Winterim unlocked my future and set the stage for the next classes of students that anyone, no matter their age, is able to succeed.”

    — Matthew Telles ’21


  • Winterim in Action

    “During Winterim, I learned the value of market research and collaboration in creating a sound and deliverable business plan. And the importance of remaining flexible, adaptable and able to bounce back quickly as you might encounter dead-ends and information gaps but must find a way to keep your business sustainable.”

    — Christen Comer ’18 (Rhetoric and Media Studies)


  • Winterim in Action

    “Participating in Winterim was an experience unlike anything I had done at Lewis & Clark. It was unique in that I was able to learn leadership and teamwork skills by actually collaborating with my peers toward a collective vision. Also, engaging with real-life entrepreneurs was extremely valuable - not only was I able to make lasting and deep connections, but it gave me direct contact with the entrepreneurial world. I was lucky to have had this experience as an undergraduate.”

    — Rachel Stone ’18  (Psychology and Asian Studies)


  • Winterim in Action

    “As a senior, Winterim was an unexpectedly timely experience for me, as I will soon be entering the workforce. Every day of the program we were immersed in workshops, lectures, mentorships, and networking events in which enhanced our interpersonal skills, networks, and understanding not only of how business works, but how to be professional, financially savvy, and an essential part of any team. It was an intensive and invaluable experience that I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of.”

    — Sage Milestone ’18  (International Affairs)


  • Winterim in Action

    “When I signed up for Winterim, I desired a better understanding of entrepreneurship and what it entails to be an entrepreneur. Looking back today, my expectations were met and more. The ten workshops taught us not only how to be a successful entrepreneur, but also the value of a liberal arts education, how to manage finances, and current social problems to name a few. In the process, we connected with successful and local entrepreneurs – including alumni – and listened to their inspiring stories and suggestions for our product. Furthermore, I have learned and improved a vast amount of skills that I know will be extensively used in my future. Because of Winterim, I am now more confident than ever to face the world after graduation.”

    — Edward Nguyen ’18  (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)


  • Winterim in Action

    “The week-long workshop allowed access to skills and opportunities that I would not have gained in a traditional classroom setting, all while connecting me with Lewis and Clark’s impressive alumni network. On a personal level, the lectures were extremely informative and insightful. What I value most about my Winterim experience was the chance to meet the many helpful and inspiring entrepreneurs throughout the week, and afterwards reconnect with a select few individuals whose career path excited me. The amount of resources provided by this program has been both fruitful and eye-opening, indeed.”

    — Yaniv Shier ’18  (Rhetoric and Media Studies)


  • Winterim in Action

    “Winterim taught me how to hone in on an idea and make it into a solid business plan that could be viable to potential investors. The program also showed me that businesses can be a force for social change and inspiration in a world that is often so negative. Through the many mentors we had, I was able to understand the challenges that face every day business people and the constant readjustments you must make to your plans. Overall, I was inspired and felt like I learned more real life skills in a week than a semester at school.”

    — Zachary Lerman ’19 (Economics)


  • Winterim in Action

    “Winterim is a life changing event that any student interested in business or entrepreneurship should pursue.”

    — Noah Avery-Navickas ’19  (English)