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Spartan Collective is the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center’s platform that bridges students and alumni to a world of opportunities and meaningful connections. Whether you're a graduate or a current student, our unique space fosters collaboration, expertise sharing and mutual support.

Spartan Collective empowers alumni to give back to the community, embrace fresh perspectives and enhance leadership skills. As the core of Lowth Center's programming, it fuels initiatives like the Spartan Accelerator and Spartan Incubator, events such as Pitch Sykes and CREATE Business Idea competition, and UT Entrepreneurship club. Join Spartan Collective now and shape a brighter future together.

For our esteemed alumni, Spartan Collective ensures lifelong connections. We offer a comprehensive platform for alumni to access job opportunities, career support, mentoring and valuable resources—all in one place. No matter your career stage, Spartan Collective empowers you with meaningful connections and support. For ambitious students, Spartan Collective is the gateway to building a powerful network and unlocking endless opportunities.

Join Spartan Collective today and be part of a thriving community of innovators, mentors and change-makers. Together, we'll shape a brighter future for entrepreneurship and unleash the potential of every member in our network.

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Lowth Entrepreneurship Center Annual Alumni Gathering and Awards Presentation

The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center Alumni Gathering and Awards was established by the Entrepreneurship Center in 2012 to honor alumni who have made significant professional and personal achievements in the years since graduation.

The Alumni Awards will be held Feb. 29, 2024, at 5:30 p.m.

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Marty Rifkin

Marty Rifkin, ’82: 2024 Lifetime Achievement

A graduate of UT’s class of 1982, Marty Rifkin is the co-founder of Northwest Natural Products, the company that pioneered the development of the immensly popular gummy vitamin category. Under his leadership for over 30 years, his company went on to produce brands like Gummy Vites and Vitafusion™.

Ray Mohler, Jr. '20

Martika Brianne Jones, M.S. ’19: 2024 Young Entrepreneur

A graduate of UT’s Master of Science in Entrepreneurship program, Martika Jones is the founder of BUP. Her company integrates NFC technology with AI-driven analytics and follow-ups which creates a ground breaking networking experience. Jones currently volunteers as an mentor for our students.

Wil White '20

Val Marks: 2024 Outstanding Service to Entrepreneurs

For several years, Val Marks had offered her time, talent and treasure to the John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center’s Advisory Board. Despite recently stepping off our board, she still supports our community in a number of ways, including mentoring several of our student and alumni companies.

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