Entrepreneurial Mindset on Display at Winterim

In mid-January, nearly 30 Lewis & Clark students immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim, a fast-paced and supportive experience where students collaborate in small groups to research, create, develop, and pitch their start-up ideas.
  • Nearly 30 L&C students participated in the 2022 Winterim, a program of the Bates Center for Entrepreneurship and Leadership.
    Nina Johnson

In mid-January, nearly 30 Lewis & Clark students immersed themselves in the study of entrepreneurship and leadership through Winterim, a fast-paced and supportive experience where students collaborate in small groups to research, create, develop, and pitch their start-up ideas. More than 60 professionals—including a number of Lewis & Clark alumni—served as speakers, mentors, and judges during the weeklong program.

Tony Abena BS ’86, L&C trustee, member of the Bates Center Advisory Board, and competition judge, generously donated $6,000 toward the cash prizes. Cliff Johnson, another competition judge, was so impressed by the caliber of the student pitches that he donated $750 on the spot “When you add an experience like Winterim to a liberal arts education, you provide a path for students to display courage, and you provide an easy way for employers to see what these students will execute in the workplace,” says Chrys Hutchings, associate director of the Bates Center.

Winterim recently received a 2022 Spotlight Award from the international Babson Collaborative (of which Lewis & Clark is a member). The award highlights “a member institution’s commitment to enhancing entrepreneurship education and a willingness to share and promulgate best practice and new possibilities.”