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Jones + Foster Accelerator Program

The application process for the 2016 Accelerator program is now closed. Please check back in June for details on the 2017 program.

The startup process is messy and unpredictable—licensing intellectual property, producing a manufacture-ready prototype, lining up customers, raising money—all are critical and daunting. The Jones + Foster Accelerator program helps early-stage, student-led companies through those decisive first six months.

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship has $200,000 in funding for student startups coming out of the Health Innovation Challenge, Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge, UW Business Plan Competition, or UW’s entrepreneurship coursework.

Jones + Foster Accelerator companies receive:

  • Mentoring from a committee of entrepreneurs and investors
  • Guidance creating a list of measurable milestones
  • Drop-in office space in the Herbold Innovation Lab in Dempsey Hall
  • Workshops on a variety of topics relevant to the companies in the program (raising money, developing customers, strategic thinking/planning, business sustainability, etc.)
  • Access to a new fund to assist with early-stage expenses (up to $1,000 per startup team)
  • Connections to the Seattle entrepreneurial community
  • Up to $25,000 in follow-on funding (if milestones are met)

If you’re serious about starting your company, and willing to devote the time and energy needed to get your startup off the ground, the Jones + Foster Accelerator may be for you!

Questions? Contact Amy Sallin at asallin@uw.edu or 206-685-9868.