Since completing the Jones + Foster Accelerator in February 2013, Strideline has sold through its initial release and developed a growing national sales network (7 cities and counting). Strideline socks have been worn by the likes of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and rapper Snoop Dogg.

Jones + Foster Accelerator Program

The start-up process is messy and unpredictable: licensing intellectual property, producing a manufacture-ready prototype, lining up customers, raising money - all critical and all daunting.

The Jones + Foster Accelerator program helps early-stage, student-led companies through those decisive first six months.

The Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship has $165,000 in funding for student start-ups coming out of the Business Plan Competition, the 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
  • Monthly meetings with an advisory board and monthly progress reports
  • Connections to the Seattle entrepreneurial community
  • Up to $25K in follow-on funding (if milestones are met)
  • Workspace in the Herbold Innovation Lab in Dempsey Hall

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

To apply for the program you will submit the following:
  1. Program Application, plus a 30 - 60 second video to tell us why your company would benefit from the program. Post the video to YouTube; include the link in your application.
  2. 3 - 5 page Executive Summary for your company
  3. List of 7 - 10 milestones that your company plans to accomplish during the six-month program. Note: We will assist you with refining and completing your milestones before you begin the program.

Questions? Contact Amy Sallin at or 206.685.9868

Uphill Designs on Kickstarter

Jones + Foster Accelerator company Uphill Designs just launched a campaign on Kickstarter to help fund the production of its sustainable bamboo trekking poles!

Check it out.

Crowdfunding science
UW alumni founded Experiment, a crowdfunding platform that supports "science for the people, by the people." Read the blog post.
Seattle's Startup Resources's ID8 Nation has compiled a great list of resources for entrepreneurs in its feature on Seattle's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check it out!