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 new 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!

Questions? Contact Amy Sallin at asallin@uw.edu or 206.685.9868


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