"The Jones Progress experience provided me access to mentors that helped me look at problems in a different light, and that perspective gave me the courage to make decisions and take action."
The Jones Progress Awards is an alumni business accelerator program that supports Seattle University alumni and graduating students in ramping up their new businesses by providing a solid infrastructure of mentoring, grant funds, and connections within the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.
After a rigorous application process, three candidates are selected each year to set challenging goals for their team to complete. Teams are then matched with 3-4 expert business coaches who guide and advise the teams over 6 months to achieve their desired milestones. At the end of this working period, each of the candidates give a presentation to a panel of judges who award up to $10,000 to each of the teams that successfully meet key criteria and milestones within the 6-month period.
The program involves the following components:
All applicants of the Jones Progress Awards are required to meet the following deadlines and attend the required events.
To be eligible applicant of the Jones Progress Awards, the candidate needs to fulfill all of the following requirements:
The Herbert B. Jones Foundation has generously provided a grant to the Albers Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) to offer three $10,000 awards per year to eligible student and alum teams. The Herbert B. Jones Foundation believes that entrepreneurism and small business are the backbone for the strength of our economic system.
The Jones Progress Award was a six-month journey for Mad Dawg's Hot Dogs. I was mentored by four business leaders specifically chosen for me and our company's needs. In these monthly meetings, I began to mature from a business owner to a business leader with CEO qualities while our MDHD moved from being a cool small business to a focused, goal-oriented company.Daniel Dovinh Mad Dawgs Hot Dogs Founder