Meet Our Fall 2016 Accelerator Class

Ignite Northwest, the business accelerator for innovative companies in the Inland Northwest, is pleased to announce its third class.  A total of 18 companies will be participating in the program this session, up from 14 last session.  Last session Ignite Northwest piloted a remote participation feature to include companies from the Tri-Cities, WA in partnership with Fuse SPC.  Due to the success of that pilot, Fuse is participating again and now the program’s reach has expanded to Hayden, Idaho in partnership with the Panhandle Area Council (PAC).    This strong partnership represents Ignite Northwest’s continuing effort to bring accelerator services and business education to companies throughout the Inland Northwest.  This group of emerging companies is poised to be the next wave of fast-growing companies in the region.

 “We are very excited to welcome our newest class and are pleased to see the growth in remote participation, it opens doors to many new partnerships” said Bill Savitz, Ignite Northwest’s CEO.  John Overby, Senior Business Consultant for Ignite Northwest added “Again, our first-class instructors have renewed their commitments to help these companies be the best they can.”

The following companies have been selected for the third class:

·    Afterimage is the easiest way to make custom interactive displays for kiosks and signage.

·        Arise Assist attaches to standard walkers allowing physically challenged individuals to stand from a seated position.

·      Becker's Tackle Shop is a one-stop Coeur d'Alene bass shop for the newest tackle paired with expert advice.

·        BluPrint is revolutionizing the world of USB technology, making all wired USB devices wireless. 

·        Bombastic Brewing is a national brand craft brewing company.

·        Business Intelligence Solutions provides financial systems solutions that accelerate mission-driven companies towards realization of their vision.

 ·        Coeur d'Alene Wood has patented a wood aging and acceleration process, which gives new wood the appearance of a weathered and reclaimed look.

·        Compass DMS provides comprehensive software solutions to automobile dealers, including inventory tracking, customer analytics, reporting, and web services.

·        Dionysus Technology Concepts produces the Sonic Decanter, an innovative tabletop wine accessory product to make every wine taste better in 20 minutes.

·        North Idaho Cider crafts cider to be dry, crisp and refreshing using Northwest grown ingredients with no artificial sulfites or preservatives.

·        PlayBash.com is a social game platform bringing people together to experience challenging and engaging cinematic themed entertainment activities.

·        Remio is a form and document generating web service that guides a buyer or seller of residential real estate through the entire purchase and sale contract process.

 ·        Rugged Trading Company is an online retailer that specializes in the redistribution of quality used goods and distribution of socially conscious goods that meet the company's values.

 ·        SCRYPTmail provides an encrypted email service for safe, secure communication.

·        Stay Alfred provides hotel style accommodations in downtown apartment buildings.

 ·        Wedding Nook is an automated wedding planning system that allows couples to find vendors who are local, available, and within their budget.

 ·        WholeStory is an anonymous professional network connecting candidates with a growth mindset and outstanding soft skills with companies who value them.

·        xCraft is a Northwest drone developer with a passion to provide flying machines that change the world.

 

Those companies not selected for the second class are encouraged to re-apply for the Spring 2017 session that will commence in February. Again, companies will be chosen for the 13 week accelerator to access a high-growth curriculum and mentoring in all aspects of building a business. They will further benefit by having personal advisors with industry expertise to help guide them as they build and grow their businesses.  Those companies in the Tri-Cities should contact Fuse and those in northeastern Idaho should contact the Panhandle Area Council if they are interested in the Spring 2017 session.  Also Ignite Northwest is looking for future partnerships to bring the Ignite Northwest accelerator to your region.