Law student wins $10,000 grant for healthcare business

October 03, 2014

Law student Jeff Widmyer won a $10,000 grant from the Herbert B. Jones Foundation for completing a six-month mentoring program to develop his healthcare recruiting business, Ro Health.

Widmyer is a dual degree candidate, working toward both a J.D. and an MBA at Seattle University. As the regional operations manager for Ro Health, he oversees the company's business in California and Oregon.

To win the grant, he participated in the 2014 Jones Progress Awards program, administered by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Seattle U's Albers School of Business and Economics. The program specifies certain milestones over a six-month period and serves as a launching pad for viable businesses to reach the next level of growth

A network of startup advisors and other subject matter experts affiliated with the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship offer guidance along the way.

"Entrepreneurship requires action, and leading a business often demands the courage to make decisions in the face of tremendous uncertainty," Widmyer said. "The Jones Progress experience provided me access to mentors that helped me look at problems in a different light, and that perspective gave me the courage to make decisions and take action."

Mentors Randy Massengale, Chuck Roxin, and Dave Van Patten met monthly with Widmyer over the six-month period.

The second grant recipient was Mad Dawgs Hotdogs, founded by recent Seattle U graduate Daniel Dovinh.