New Venture Lab

Gonzaga's New Venture Lab is a student run organization that works with local entrepreneurs to help develop new products and business ventures. Entrepreneurs interested in the free business consulting service provided by the New Venture Lab apply, and if selected, are paired with a student project manager.

Each project manager is assigned a team of four to five students that work with the entrepreneur to create a scope they will complete throughout an eight-week program. Services range from business plans to market research while providing new insight to develop products and businesses.

Each project provides students with real world experience working with both start-ups and seasoned entrepreneurs that allows students to learn business skills in an experiential manner.

New Venture Lab: Learn Business by Doing Business

Meet the Program Directors!

Izzy May

Izzy May

Major Computer Science, Minors - Entrepreneurial Leadership, Mathematics

New Venture Lab has given me the opportunity grow as a professional, take on challenges I otherwise would not have been exposed to, and apply my coursework to real world situations. I have seen firsthand the immense value NVL brings both to student teams and to Spokane's startup community. Working with a wide range of businesses and professionals has not only honed my leadership abilities but also equipped me to strategically apply these experiences to my career path.

Tommy Snycerski

Tommy Snycerski

Major Computer Science

Since joining New Venture Lab, I have found immense value in working with businesses in the Spokane area. This program has provided me with unique experiences that have significantly contributed to my professional growth. Seeing our student work implemented into companies and producing tangible results has been a personal highlight.

Yajaira Valentinez

Yajaira Valentinez

Major - Business Admin. Concentration - finance, Minor - Entrepreneurial Leadership and Computer Science

Grad year - 2025 New Venture Lab has been instrumental in my professional growth, immersing me in Spokane's entrepreneurship scene and expanding my network. Through the program, I've not only identified areas for improvement in my entrepreneurial endeavors, but also applied classroom learnings to make meaningful contributions to business and connect with like-minded individuals.”

NVL Facts and Figures


New Venture Lab formed


Entrepreneurs participate each year


Student consultants assigned to a project


Gonzaga students involved each semester

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