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The Sky's the Limit


At the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center we build and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit. To us, entrepreneurship is more than a collection of courses. It's a philosophy, a mindset that inspires innovation, risk-taking, and seizing opportunities in any form of business venture. Some of our grads start their own businesses. Others use their entrepreneurial creativity in larger, established companies. Still others take their passion and skills to the nonprofit business world. Wherever our students choose to pursue their careers, they graduate with tools, skills, and insights to develop their potential.

We're shaping leaders of the future.
That means linking students with the business community. It also means connecting theory with practice: Action-oriented instruction. Applied learning. Hands-on experiences. Business leaders, community supporters, and alumni join us as key resources in our programs. They contribute as advisors. They serve as mentors. They connect with our students through internships, networking, business plan competitions, and guest lecturing. It's part of our approach to creating a real-world environment.

We view education as an investment.
Students spend considerable time and money to pursue opportunities here. Our friends and supporters in the community commit valuable energy and resources, too. Bottom line: We're determined to provide value to all our stakeholders. Whether it's a "New Ventures" class, a CEO mentoring a student, a student providing consulting for a community clinic, we put emphasis on useful, meaningful activity.

Our Heritage

Kent Johnson & Family
Kent Johnson is a former SeattleU trustee and major supporter of the Center. It was through a generous gift from Kent that we were able to create the Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Albers School of Business & Economics.


The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center was founded in 1990. It is supported by tax-deductible donations from past clients, advisory board members, faculty, alumni, mentors, friends of Albers School of Business and Economics, corporate sponsors, and a significant grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation.

A huge thanks to our sponsors below and to our Center's Advisory Board members:

Venture Supporters

  • JP Morgan Chase

Angel Supporters

  • Herbert B. Jones Foundation
  • May McCarthy & Don Smith

Champion Supporters

  • John Meisenbach/MCM
  • Rob Harris/PMI
  • Paul and Sharon Ramey
  • Brenda Christensen

Friends & StartUp Supporters

  • Elgin & Elaine Baylor
  • Jill Benson/BenTech Bio
  • Steve Brilling/Clark Nuber
  • Emily Marshall Carrion
  • Russell Coney
  • Steve Cordial
  • Kirsten Curry
  • Reginald Doctor
  • Jim Fitzsimmons
  • Kellee Franklin
  • David Goldhammer/AquaQuip
  • John Jerome
  • Kristen Johnston & CRPKG
  • Kent Johnson & Lawrence K. Johnson Family
  • Andrew Klein
  • Ed Lazar/Threshold Group
  • Rosalind Lee
  • Ray Lepp
  • Jeff Levy
  • Randy Massengale/RKM LLC
  • Nick Milanovich/Speaking Science
  • Kathleen Miller/Miller Advisors
  • Doug Moore/McKinstry
  • Bob Nowlin
  • Tim O’Reilly
  • Gregory Paley
  • Powerleaps LLC
  • Chuck Roxin
  • Robin Shapiro
  • Adrian Smith/Ignition Partners
  • Robert Spencer
  • Sharlene Sternberg
  • Atul Tandon/Tandon Institute
  • Ruth Tressel Frank
  • Trieu/Evergreen Beauty College
  • Dave Van Patten
  • Michael Verchot
  • Kurt Wedgwood/IBM
  • John Wheeler
  • Marc Williams/Williams-Helde

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