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Jones + Foster Accelerator 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 Business Plan Competition, Environmental Innovation Challenge, 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
  • Workspace in the Herbold Innovation Lab in Dempsey Hall
  • Monthly meetings with an advisory board of experienced mentors
  • Workshops on a variety of topics relevant to the companies in the program (leadership, negotiation, strategic thinking/planning, business sustainability, etc.)
  • Connections to the Seattle entrepreneurial community
  • Up to $25K 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.