Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship envisions a world without poverty.

We believe that each of us has unique gifts, abilities and an innate desire to be a productive member of society. Entrepreneurship empowers us to think opportunistically about how to contribute these gifts and abilities to make the world a better place.

In that vein, the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship offers accessible and affordable “first step” entrepreneurship training, one-on-one consulting and other support, empowering people in low-wealth and underserved communities. The Center strives to work with individuals and communities to start and grow profitable small businesses, create jobs and build community resilience and wealth. Through entrepreneurship, our clients are pursuing financial self-sufficiency and becoming leaders in “poverty-proof” community building.


Programs at the Center give priority to people with barriers to financial self-sufficiency and with limited access to mainstream entrepreneurship and business support resources.

Focused on Fundamentals

Focusing on the fundamentals of business finance, marketing and management, the Center’s StartZone Northwest program offers simple and effective approaches to meet the large and growing need for business development training and support in underserved communities.

Systemic Approaches

Working with its partners, the Center will innovate systemic wealth building approaches in communities where small-scale entrepreneurship can make a real difference in people’s lives. These include community-based self-help banks, cooperatives, inclusive supply chain development, import-substitution strategies and collective impact efforts that cut across multiple social interventions.

Faculty and Student Engagement

The Center’s clients inspire research and scholarly work by Pinchot faculty and students who have, as part of their academic work and training, access to a “clinical setting” for hands-on, real world learning in support of small-scale entrepreneurship.


CIE Partners

The Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) works inclusively with its partners toward collective impact that will bring about real and lasting change. Community wealth building is a complex and multi-disciplinary effort. The Center’s work will include people in the communities we are serving as well as people and organizations engaged in other aspects of the community’s wealth building.

Contact CIE

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, contact us by email or call us at 206.780.6228.

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