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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership



January 8-12, 2018

The Center for Entrepreneurship’s Winterim is an immersive workshop designed to develop entrepreneurial skills in a supportive environment.

Students are expected to make themselves available from 8 a.m. into the evening. Workshops will end by 5 p.m., but student groups are expected to meet in the evenings. Students must commit to staying until at least 5 p.m. on Friday, January 12 (when the pitch competition concludes and networking, happy hour, and awards begin).

If a student lives in campus housing, they can stay on campus during Winterim at no additional cost if they give notice by October 27, 2017. We cannot guarantee that their dormitory will be open-they may be assigned to a different dormitory that is open for break. If a student is returning from international study to live on campus, they may also live on campus at no additional cost (provided notice is given by November 10, 2017).

Students receive no credit, but successful completion of Winterim will be noted in their transcript and can be listed on their resume.

Class size is limited to 25 and we expect it to be fully subscribed with a waiting list. Therefore, we ask that students complete an online application and submit a personal statement that is no more than 250 words in length. Due to semester scheduling conflicts, Lewis & Clark law school students are not able to register.

The Application period is now open. Applications received by November 3, 2017 will receive priority consideration and notice of acceptance.

Online Application

Please complete the Winterim 2018 Online Application before emailing your personal statement to the Center Coordinator at

Personal Statement

In order to complete the application process, students must submit a short essay discussing their interest and knowledge of the workshop topic.  Personal Statements should be no more than 250 words in length.  As guidance for your essay, please consider the following questions:

1.  Will this be your first time taking a program or class in entrepreneurship?

2.  What does entrepreneurship, and being entrepreneurial, mean to you?

3.  What do you hope to take away from this class?

4.  What are your major life goals, personal or professionally, and how do you feel this course might help you attain them?

Please keep in mind that essays will be used to tailor the course to student needs.  Applicants are not required to have an entrepreneurship background in order to be accepted into the workshop.

Email the Personal Statement

In order to complete your application, you must email your personal statement to the Center Coordinator at

Include the Subject Line: Winterim 2017 <Last Name>, <First Name>.  Emailing instructions can also be found at the end of the Winterim 2018 Online Application.  

Your application will not be considered complete until your personal statement is received by the Center Coordinator.

Workshop Fee

Please note that there is a $500 fee to attend the workshop.  The fee includes instruction, supplies, daily breakfast, daily lunch, and two dinners during the workshop dates. A $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your seat will be due upon acceptance into the program. The college will discount all or part of the $500 fee for students with demonstrated need. Please see the tuition page for more information on how to apply for a reduced or waived fee.

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