Friday, September 14, 2012

Two Innovative Events Over the Next Seven Days

Two years ago we held a dry run of what we hoped would be a Startup Weekend like event.  Held at Suite133 and free to anyone who wanted to give starting up a company ago, we had 12 people who wanted to give it a go and some spectators as well.  It gave some idea of what needed to be done to make it a success.

Flash forward to tonight.  The inaugural South Sound Entrepreneurs Weekend is kicking off at 5:30 in William Philip Hall on the University of Washington Campus. This three day event has nearly 60 people signed up so far.  Most are attendees, but many are mentors and technical help that will be on hand to register domains, put together quick web sites and maybe even build a mobile app or create a company logo.

The number of attendees is exciting, but when you consider that this time we have a registration fee to cover food, coffee and a T-Shirt, it is even more impressive.

What will the outcome be?  I don't know, but I hope that there is enough momentum from the weekend to make this into an annual event.

If you like your innovation conversation in a presentation format, with access to many of the states innovative forces, then plan on attending the Pacific Northwest Innovation Summit in Seattle, Washington September 17-19, 2012 as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle World’s Fair. The Summit will focus on building dynamic collaborations in the Pacific Northwest, stimulating entrepreneurship, examining Washington state’s innovation ecosystem, and a look a financial resources in the region. The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and the Washington Economic Development Commission (WEDC) are the co-organizers of the innovation summit program.

Participants will include business, government and academic leaders in the states and provinces of the Pacific
Northwest interested in accelerating innovation and economic collaboration. The Summit will be held at Intiman Playhouse located at 201 Mercer St., Seattle, WA. The cost to attend the summit is $95, which includes meals.

For more information about the Summit, visit

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