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*all programs taking place in the 2020-21 academic year will be held virtually

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The Albers-SJIM Virtual Business Plan Competition

Students (virtually) come together from across the globe in collaboration to solve some of the worlds most pressing issues. 

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The Jones Idea Challenge

Work in reverse! A company pitches a problem to participating teams, and the teams work together to find a solution. Cash prizes are awarded to those who are the most successful.

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The Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition

One of the IEC's largest programs, the HSBPC provides a platform for all SU students and alumni to pitch their ideas and launch their businesses. 

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The Jones Progress Awards

This rigorous SU alumni business accelerator turns goals into accomplishments by providing a solid infrastructure of grants, mentors, and connections.

Apply by Sep. 30th, 2020

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Resource & Management Amplification Program

RAMP-up is where we get hands-on in our community by aiding underserved businesses in the heart of Seattle.

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Founder Fridays

Learn from seasoned experts in the Seattle start-up community to hear stories, advice, and make connections.

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center Accelerates Entrepreneurial Leaders for the Common Good through a Suite of Competitions and Experiential Learning Opportunities. Created by Nils Gollersrud, Bridge MBA '20.

IEC Stories & News

Former HSBPC Winner Secures National Defense Budget

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The 2018 Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition Grand Prize Winner, Vita Inclinata Technologies has been awarded a contract by the United States Air Force to design and demonstrate a game-changing capability to enable fixed-wing precision air drop and retrieval. Read more in this article!
Oct 13, 2020

Read More about Former HSBPC Winner Secures National Defense Budget

Because of you, we can do all that we do.

The Innovation and entrepreneurship Center relies on the generosity of its community to sustain its presence and to grow the entrepreneurial spirit in its students. There are more ways than one in contributing to the acceleration of our future entrepreneurial leaders; in whatever way you can, we greatly appreciate it! 

Upcoming Founder Friday Events

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John Meisenbach

Silver Sponsor


Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor

Don Leuthold

Broze Sponsor

The Swilo Team

Copper Sponsor


Have questions? Curious about any of the programs? Want to get involved? We are happy to chat with you! 

Please reach out to Amelia Marckworth directly via email (marckwor@seattleu.edu), or through her Calendly (see contact box on the right).


Amelia Marckworth

Amelia Marckworth

Interim Director