Ignite Northwest, the regional business accelerator, will be hosting its next Demo Day graduation event on May 17th and is pleased to announce the event’s keynote speakers—Spokane’s Mayor David Condon and WSU Health Science Chancellor Lisa Brown. Long-time supporters of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Inland Northwest, they will come to commemorate Ignite Northwest’s newest class graduating the accelerator.
The Ignite Northwest accelerator is a business program crafted to accelerate the growth of early stage companies from around the Inland Northwest. The 14 companies featured this semester hail from Ignite Northwest’s traditional areas of northern Idaho and the greater Spokane area, while also featuring companies from the Tri-Cities area through a partnership with Fuse SPC.
During the 12-week program taught by regional leaders in business planning, marketing, legal, product development and more, the class participants reflected on their early successes and tailored their plans for future success with mentorship, connections, and business tools provided by Ignite Northwest. On May 17th, these companies will be presenting their newly-tuned businesses to the Inland Northwest community to bolster awareness and celebrate their efforts to take their business to the next level.
“In our continuing efforts to further the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem here, we’re proud to see our next class of entrepreneurs graduate as stronger businesses prepared for their next stage of growth,” says Bill Savitz, Ignite Northwest’s President and CEO. “We’re excited to see them continue their journey.”