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Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership



January 13-18, 2019

(Sunday mid-afternoon - Friday early evening)

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.

Students must be wholly available for the entirety of Winterim. Winterim begins mid-afternoon on Sunday, January 13 and goes through dinner that evening. Monday-Friday, Winterim begins at 8 a.m. sharp. Workshops will end by 5 p.m. but student groups are expected to meet in in evenings and there is a mandatory dinner on Tuesday, January 15. Students must commit to staying until at least 5 p.m. on Friday, January 18 (when the pitch competition concludes and networking, happy hour, and awards begin).

If a student will be living in campus housing spring semester, they can stay on campus during Winterim at no additional cost if they give notice by November 9, 2018. 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 spring semester, they may also live on campus at no additional cost (provided notice is given by November 9, 2018).

Successful completion of Winterim will be recorded in student transcripts and can be listed on their resume.

Class size is limited to 30 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 9, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Online Application

Please complete the Winterim 2019 Online Application before emailing your personal statement to the Bates 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 answering one of 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?

Applicants are not required to have an entrepreneurship background in order to be accepted into the workshop. We use the essay to tailor the course to student needs.

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 2019 <Last Name>, <First Name>.  Emailing instructions can also be found at the end of the Winterim 2019 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 at least two dinners. A $200 non-refundable deposit to hold your seat will be due upon acceptance into the program. The Bates Center will discount all or part of the $500 fee for students with need. Please see the tuition page for more information on how to apply for a reduced or waived fee. We do not want finances to be a barrier for any student.