Kirk Washington to Keynote Ignite Northwest's Demo Day

We're very excited to have Kirk Washington joining us for Demo Day.  Kirk's full bio can be found below.

Kirk Washington is Principal at Washington Associates that provides consulting services to early-stage technology companies. He serves on the Investment Committee of The W-Fund and as an advisor to the CoMotion Innovation Fund at the University of Washington, where he is a board observer at Hypersciences and an advisor to WiBotic. He is also on the Advisory Council of Element 8 Angels in Seattle Washington, and the Board of Directors of OregonBEST in Portland Oregon that facilitates commercialization of technology from Oregon’s research universities.

Kirk spent 14 years as co-founder and General Partner of Yaletown Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary and Seattle, and was responsible for Yaletown’s investments in EnerG2 (acquired by BASF), 6N Silicon (acquired by Silicor), and Microstaq (acquired by Zhejiang DunAn), as well as Cooledge Lighting, Columbia Green, and Endurance Wind Power.

Prior to founding Yaletown, Kirk spent 13 years with Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ:BLDP) where he directed the development of stationary powerplants for distributed power generation and advanced vehicle propulsion systems, then went on to lead corporate development including mergers & acquisitions, and negotiation of joint development, technology licensing, and strategic supply agreements.  Prior to Ballard Power Systems, Kirk managed major projects at defense and space systems company MacDonald Dettwiler (TSX:MDA), several startup companies in the Silicon Valley, and began his career with IBM Corporation in San Jose CA. Kirk is a mechanical engineer, and holds 11 patents.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at Demo Day!