Winterim Application

January 7 - 12, 2024

(Sunday afternoon, 8am Monday - 5pm Friday)*

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 are expected to make themselves available for the entirety of Winterim and thus must schedule to on campus starting Sunday afternoon January 7. Winterim starts at 8 a.m. sharp everyday. Workshops will end by 5 p.m., but student groups are expected to meet in the evenings and there may be a mandatory event Tuesday evening, January 10. Students must commit to being available until at least 5 p.m. on Friday, January 12 (when the pitch competition and awards conclude).

In the past students have been able to live on campus during Winterim at no additional cost to them if they are staying in campus housing during the spring 2024 semester. We hope this option will be available again this year. 

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

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 15, 2023 will receive priority consideration.

*We are excited to kick off Winterim on Sunday afternoon with a fun team building event. 

Online Application

Please complete the Winterim 2024 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 2024 <Last Name>, <First Name>.  Emailing instructions can also be found at the end of the Winterim 2024 Online Application.  

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

Winterim Fee

There is a $250 fee to attend Winterim. This fee includes instruction, breakfast and lunch daily during the workshop dates. Payment in full is due on December 8th. The Bates Center will discount all or part of the fee for students with need. Please contact for more information, including how to apply for a reduced fee. For students residing on campus in the spring, we also pay for the housing cost as long as space is available and you apply for Winter housing by the deadline.