RAMP-up is where we get hands-on in our community by aiding underserved businesses in the heart of Seattle. Video created by Nils Gollersrud, Bridge MBA '20. 

What is SeattleU’s RAMP-up?

Business driven, campus inspired, and community engaged, SeattleU’s Resource Amplification & Management Program (RAMP-up) is a unique, experiential learning environment that brings together minds and hearts on campus and beyond to work with underserved local businesses in Seattle’s Central Area and surrounding neighborhoods.  The SeattleU RAMP-up team, consisting of highly-trained students and coaches, works closely with these businesses and their service providers for one or more years so they can augment their own capacity to remain, grow, and thrive in the neighborhood. As Seattle undergoes rapid, dynamic changes, it is vital to preserve the social, ethnic, and economic fabric of these businesses, which has made the city such an attractive destination. 

RAMP-up offers business coaching, resource connections, business planning and other technical support, and project management assistance. It’s a win/win/win: SeattleU students receive solid experiential learning, the university creates deeper connections with its local neighborhoods, and the businesses gain access to additional resources and business services.

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Vision, Mission & Objectives

Vision: A vibrant, connected neighborhood with a diversity of locally-owned businesses that strengthen the ethnic, social, and economic fabric of the community.

Mission: RAMP-up seeks to significantly transform the local small business economy and SeattleU’s own campus, as a model for thriving business-campus-community engagement.

Key Objectives

  • Increase the capacity of local, underserved businesses so they stay, grow, and thrive as pillars of their communities.
  • Augment the resiliency of the local business ecosystem by partnering with existing service providers and organizations.
  • Strengthen SeattleU’s capacity as an anchor institution to offer key resources and connections within the local business ecosystem.

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How Does RAMP-up Work?

Qualified RAMP-up clients receive a SeattleU client account manager and resource team for a one-year engagement, which is renewable.  The RAMP-up team also offers these services to qualified nonprofits and other organizations that are currently servicing neighborhood businesses.  Student CRMs make a commitment for at least nine months. 

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Recent Press

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RAMP.up Clients in The News


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Peter Rowan

Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship


Amelia Marckworth

Amelia Marckworth


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Catfish Corner

King5: Iconic Southern-Inspired Restaurant Returns Home to Seattle's Central District: Terrel Jackson continues his grandparent's legacy through Jackson's Catfish Corner on "Jackson" street in Seattle

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Noir Lux Candle Co

King5: Make Your Own Candle At This New Candle Bar: Noir Lux Candle Bar in Belltown lets customers make the custom candle of their dreams

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Noir Lux Candle Co

The Seattle Met: Noir Lux Candle Bar Opens in Belltown: Mix, pour, and name your own candles - while supporting Washington's first Black-owned, woman-owned candle bar.

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The Barbeque Pit

The Seattle Met: The Barbeque Pit is Reopening in the Central District: Pookey is back with a bang, and those legendary ribs

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A 4 Apple Learning Center

Seattle Medium: Childcare Providers - The Heroes of The Covid-19 Crisis - Continue Working Despite Financial Hardships

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Earls Cuts & Styles

Real Change News: Earl's New Look: Landmark Barbershop back at 23rd and Union