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Albers School of Business and Economics

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center


At the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center we build and nourish the entrepreneurial spirit. To us, 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. Some of our grads start their own businesses. Others use their entrepreneurial creativity in larger, established companies. Still others take their passion and skills to the nonprofit business world. Wherever our students choose to pursue their careers, they graduate with tools, skills, and insights to develop their potential.

We're shaping leaders of the future.
That means linking students with the business community. It also means connecting theory with practice: Action-oriented instruction. Applied learning. Hands-on experiences. Business leaders, community supporters, and alumni join us as key resources in our programs. They contribute as advisors. They serve as mentors. They connect with our students through internships, networking, business plan competitions, and guest lecturing. It's part of our approach to creating a real-world environment.

We view education as an investment.
Students spend considerable time and money to pursue opportunities here. Our friends and supporters in the community commit valuable energy and resources, too. Bottom line: We're determined to provide value to all our stakeholders. Whether it's a "New Ventures" class, a CEO mentoring a student, a student providing consulting for a community clinic, we put emphasis on useful, meaningful activity.

Our Heritage

Kent Johnson & Family
Kent Johnson is a former SeattleU trustee and major supporter of the Center. It was through a generous gift from Kent that we were able to create the Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship in the Albers School of Business & Economics.


The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center was founded in 1990. It is supported by tax-deductible donations from past clients, advisory board members, faculty, alumni, mentors, friends of Albers School of Business and Economics, corporate sponsors, and a significant grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation.

A huge thanks to our sponsors below and to our Center's Advisory Board members:

Venture Supporters

JP Morgan Chase

Angel Supporters

Herbert B. Jones Foundation

May McCarthy & Don Smith

Champion Supporters

John Meisenbach/MCM

Rob Harris/PMI

Paul and Sharon Ramey

Brenda Christensen

Friends & StartUp Supporters

Elgin & Elaine Baylor

Jill Benson/BenTech Bio

Steve Brilling/Clark Nuber

Emily Marshall Carrion

Russell Coney

Steve Cordial

Kirsten Curry

Reginald Doctor

Jim Fitzsimmons

Kellee Franklin

David Goldhammer/AquaQuip

John Jerome

Kristen Johnston & CRPKG

Kent Johnson & Lawrence K. Johnson Family

Andrew Klein

Ed Lazar/Threshold Group

Rosalind Lee

Ray Lepp

Jeff Levy

Randy Massengale/RKM LLC

Nick Milanovich/Speaking Science

Kathleen Miller/Miller Advisors

Doug Moore/McKinstry

Bob Nowlin

Tim O’Reilly

Gregory Paley

Powerleaps LLC

Chuck Roxin

Robin Shapiro

Adrian Smith/Ignition Partners

Robert Spencer

Sharlene Sternberg

Atul Tandon/Tandon Institute

Ruth Tressel Frank

Trieu/Evergreen Beauty College

Dave Van Patten

Michael Verchot

Kurt Wedgwood/IBM

John Wheeler

Marc Williams/Williams-Helde




  • Steve Brilling, Clark Nuber
  • Jim Fitzsimmons, Tissue Regeneration Systems, Inc.
  • Kellee Franklin, Consultant
  • Robert M. Harris, Jr., Pacific Market International
  • Kent Johnson, Aebig & Johnson Business Resolutions LLC
  • Ed Lazar, Threshold Group
  • Rosalind Lee, SeaBright Capital Management
  • Emily Marshall Carrion, Apptentive
  • Kathleen Miller, Miller Financial Advisors
  • May McCarthy, Bizzultz
  • Doug Moore, McKinstry
  • Robert (Bob) Nowlin, Nowlin Financial Management
  • Charles H. Porter, Accenture, Retired
  • Robin Shapiro, Allied Health Advocates, LLC
  • Ruth Tressel, Ruth A. Tressel, LLC
  • Kurt Wedgwood, IBM
  • Marc Williams, Wiliams Helde Marketing Communications
  • Fortunato Vega, Trusted Advisor to Families, Non-Profits and Growth Companies 
  • Amanda Waite, Financial Analyst, Amazon


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Executive Director
Sue Oliver
Phone: (206) 220-8534