TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURS PRESENT TO THE PUBLIC AT GRADUATION DAY EVENT
After completing a 13-week program taught by 34 volunteer regional leaders in business planning, marketing, legal, intellectual property and more, the Spring 2016 class presented to a general audience on Demo Day last Tuesday, May 17th. The graduates now join Ignite Northwest’s collaborative network of mentors and their success will be tracked and reported. Spokane’s Mayor David Condon and WSU Health Science Chancellor Lisa Brown, both long-time supporters of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Inland Northwest, gave commemorative remarks to Ignite Northwest’s newest graduating class.
"We're proud to see our Spring 2016 class graduate the program and we wish them the best in their future successes," added Bill Savitz, CEO of Ignite Northwest.
Amid the success of its classes, Ignite Northwest continues to see enrollment interest for future classes. Applications are open for the next class during Fall 2016 from now until July 30th.
The full graduating class includes 5 companies from Fuse SPC, a co-working location in the Tri-Cities. The full class consists of:
- Ag Energy – Ag Energy mobile equipment converts agriculture by-product waste into a renewable fuel source and valuable biochar for sale
- ChalkLabs – Chalk Labs helps large private and public sector organizations to rapidly visualize and analyze large amounts of data in order to help them discover knowledge
- CharityCheckin – CharityCheckin is a philanthropic Facebook advertising network for retailers & brands and a passive fundraising tool for charities by their supporters
- PlaySav – PlaySav provides interactive incentivized gaming that eliminates advertisement intrusion by offering real-world discounts to be won during gameplay in the web and mobile environments
- Rohinni – Rohinni has developed a proprietary method for high speed precision placement of light emitting diodes resulting in consumer products that are thinner, lighter, energy efficient and low cost
- sleepOrbit – sleepOrbit creates and manages sleep health improvement programs that assess sleep health and provide targeted and individualized sleep improvement insights
- Spiceologist – Spiceologist helps cooks get creative in the kitchen with its line of innovative spice blends
- uQontrol – uQontrol, Inc. developed Qkey, the first chip and PIN Payment platform for storing payment cards and securing ecommerce transactions
- Local Pumpkin (Fuse) – Local Pumpkin is developing a local food distribution system, primarily to delivery local farm produce to homes, businesses, restaurants and schools utilizing an online food hub
- Penny's Loafer (Fuse) – The Penny’s Loafer dog toy is the ideal way to channel your dog’s energy and boredom in today’s fast paced life; dogs eat the edible shoe laces, chew the crazy-durable rubber body of the shoe, and mouth or squeak the plush ball heel.
- Red Level Games (Fuse) – Red Level Games is an independent developer of entertainment software that specializes in iterative design and emergent gameplay
- Solar Spirits (Fuse) – Solar Spirits is a craft distillery producing craft spirits and developing production management software for distillery, winery and brewery industries
- Wildland Labs (Fuse) – Wildland is a software company focusing on agile development for startups, entrepreneurs and emerging markets
Many thanks to all the companies that applied and to our community for the support we have received—we cannot do this without you.