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Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

Accelerating Entrepreneurial Leaders for the Common Good

Nourishing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurship is a philosophy; a mindset that inspires innovation, risk-taking, and seizing opportunities in any form of business venture.

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) is an active business gymnasium that accelerates "fit for the future" Seattle University students so they can apply entrepreneurship theory and innovation to solve real-life problems, launch new ventures, and advance the common good.

The IEC also actively supports initiatives in micro-enterprise, family business, and student consulting services.

Harriet Stephenson 2024 Business Plan Competition Winners

Congratulations to the Seattle University Credit Union Initiative on winning the 2024 Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition! The Seattle University Credit Union Initiative is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, that is entirely run and operated by students. They aim to not only provide financial products and services to SeattleU and the under-served communities that surround it, but to build long lasting and valuable relationships with our community and our members.

IEC Programs

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Albers-SJIM Virtual Competition

Students from across the globe virtually come together to collaborate on solving some of the world's most pressing problems.

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Jones Idea Challenge

Work in reverse! A company presents a problem to participating teams and the teams pitch a solution they come up with. Cash prizes are awarded to teams that come up with the best solutions.

JPA to Founder Friday

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Jones Progress Awards

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

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Family Business Exchange

FBX is a community of family business owners who gather to engage in education, networking, and professional development tailored specifically to family businesses.

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Founder Fridays

Learn from seasoned entrepreneurs about their business journeys, challenges, and what it takes to succeed.

What our students say about the IEC "You can be a freshman and jump right in."

Alejandro Ramirez, '21 Finance and Management

"These programs allow you to engage with people in the business world that you might not be able to interact with otherwise. And if you do get the chance to jump into the business world with the IEC, you don't have to wait until graduation. You can be a freshman and jump right in."

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