Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center

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.

History of the IEC

The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) was founded in 1990 within the Albers School of Business and Economics, thanks to a generous Jones Foundation grant. In 2000, Kent Johnson created the Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Entrepreneurship Chair, in honor of his father.  

The 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 that reflect their core values, interests, and talents, and advance the common good through social entrepreneurship and business innovation.  

Seattle University students have access to a core Innovation & Entrepreneurship curriculum that includes an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate, as well as integrated experiential learning, within the Albers School of Business and Economics. The IEC annually engages and serves hundreds of students, alumni, volunteers, and local businesses. It operates from two shared offices in the Pigott building on campus.

IEC Mission: To accelerate entrepreneurial leaders for the common good.

IEC Vision: To attract, develop, and produce entrepreneurial leaders who meaningfully impact organizations and advance the common good.

IEC Focus: The IEC serves primarily current Seattle University students across all disciplines with a secondary focus on businesses in the region. Its strategic plan includes the following core concentrations:

  • Curriculum: Offer integrated curriculum and experiential learning programs that exceed the expectations of students and businesses.
  • Accelerate student competencies in leadership and innovation through coaching and training.
  • Community + Connections: Deepen and extend business community outreach and engagement.

IEC Staff

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is staffed by experts in entrepreneurial strategy who have deep connections to Seattle's startup community.