JPA Application & Program Details

Program Overview

The Jones Progress Awards (JPA) supports Seattle University alumni and graduating students in ramping up their new businesses by providing a solid infrastructure of mentoring, grant funds, and connections within the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. The JPAs are annual awards given to these entrepreneurs that successfully meet key criteria and milestones within a 6-month period. The program involves the following components:

  • Each eligible business team goes through a rigorous application process to test its commitment, resources, and ability to take the new business to the next level.
  • Three business teams are selected and are each matched with a group of 4-5 expert business coaches (all local entrepreneurs, advisors, investors, and professionals).
  • Under the guidance of their coaches, the teams each craft 5-7 milestones (specific objectives, indicators, and measurements) that they will meet over the next six months - two required milestones are 12-month operations plans and 12-month financial projections.
  • Teams meet with their group of coaches in person monthly and are encouraged to connect directly with each coach on a regular basis over the six-month program.
  • After the six-month coaching program concludes, the three teams will present their milestones and proof of completion to a panel of Judges, who will determine if the teams should receive the full $10,000 award, or some portion of the award if all milestones are not met.
  • Teams will have access to key Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center contacts and networks and will be supported in building these connections.

*2022-23 Jones Progress Award Applications are open and are due September 15th, 2022


Have questions? Curious about any of the programs? Want to get involved? We are happy to chat with you! 

Please reach out to Peter Rowan directly via email (


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Peter Rowan

Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship

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