Your Success is Our Success

We are extremely proud of all the alumni from our accelerator.  Below is a small sampling of the fantastic companies that we’ve had the pleasure to work with.  We feel success stories are often better told in the words of others and have therefore provided articles about each company’s progress.  We’ve also included testimonials from each of the companies regarding their experience in the accelerator.  We look forward to the continued success of our current and future alumni and, naturally, our role in helping them be the best they can be.


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Alumni from Cohort 3 (Fall 2016)


Stay Alfred has created an entirely new segment in the hospitality industry by offering hotel-style accommodations in high-end downtown apartment buildings. Stay Alfred provides the consistency of a hotel and the size and space of a vacation rental in desirable downtown locations with first-class modern amenities, attractive decor, 4-star housekeeping, and all the comforts of home. The company furnishes, manages, and maintains 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom apartments in Class A residential buildings in the downtown districts of U.S. destination cities.

 

MEDIA

https://www.geekwire.com/2017/short-term-rental-startup-stay-alfred-biggest-deal-yet-leasing-10-floors-nashville-high-rise/
http://www.vrmintel.com/stay-alfred-raises-15m-introduces-hotel-like-short-term-rentals-downtown-urban-markets/
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/feb/17/spokane-vacation-rental-company-stay-alfred-looks-/

 

TESTIMONIAL
 

Ignite Northwest has put together an excellent program with highly relevant content and effective instructors for our stage of growth. The homework, in particular, really helped us dig deeper into our marketing strategies and helped us in targeting new segments. The materials are pertinent, not only for the CEOs, but also for individuals team members in their domains.
— Jordan Allen, Stay Alfred

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Alumni from Cohort 2 (Spring 2016)


Spiceologist has penetrated the market and positioned itself as a leader in the spice/seasonings industry. Their innovative (and highly addictive) spice blends can be found nationwide at fine retailers like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table. The company earned the title "Best Rubs Money Can Buy" from publications like Playboy, Clean Eating and Outside Magazine. Spiceologist recently diversified its offerings into the Natural and Conventional channels with their two new brands: Spice Cave (for Paleo diets) and Spiceology (for commercial kitchens).

 

MEDIA
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/dec/10/growing-spice-company-moves-to-larger-location/
http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/appetizers/article78624307.html
https://www.inlander.com/spokane/the-spicy-side-of-life/Content?oid=2581626


TESTIMONIAL
 

We attended the Ignite Northwest program at a critical time in our company’s rapid growth and it was a fantastic experience. The instructors covered highly pertinent topics in a very open, conversational manner that allowed us to implement strategies and tactics immediately. Networking with the other CEOs, all who were operating early stage companies, was extremely valuable. It gave us a well-informed sounding board to explore new ideas and gave us confidence that growing a startup is difficult but completely achievable.
— Pete Taylor and Heather Scholten, Spiceologist

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Alumni from Cohort 2 (Spring 2016)


Rohinni has developed a new proprietary method for placing micro and mini LEDs in products that need illumination. The Company serves a 20+ billion dollar market and solves major problems for providers of consumer products which is their initial target market. Rohinni holds over 20 patents, has an amazing execution team and plans to sell their products through contract manufacturing partners both domestically as well as in Asia.


MEDIA
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/dec/05/cda-tech-startup-rohinni-starts-getting-national-a/#/0
https://www.forbes.com/sites/aarontilley/2017/05/04/tony-fadell-rohinni-micro-leds/#5aa956024549
https://www.fastcompany.com/3066745/the-next-big-thing-in-your-next-device-could-be-this-ultra-thin-lighting


TESTIMONIAL
 

The big takeaways for me were from the presenters (instructors)…as a startup you think you are doing things right but when you bring people in that are sophisticated and have had great success, the content that they delivered was really eye-opening to me, especially on the sales and market front as well as on the securities law.
[Working with the other Ignitors] was fantastic. It’s just so fun to be around young entrepreneurs that are passionate about what they believe in and their drive to reach the end goal.
— Jim Schlosser, Rhonni

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Alumni from Cohort 1 (Fall 2015)


IASIS Molecular Sciences, Corporation is a specialty materials company with a diverse patent portfolio focused in the area of infection-resistant material solutions.   IASIS has developed and patented a family of novel biocides that can be readily integrated into virtually any plastic, rubber, or coating material to yield composites with thru-and-thru antimicrobial properties allowing for the fabrication of infection resistant medical, industrial, and consumer products. 


MEDIA
https://spokane.wsu.edu/extra/2016/11/14/wsu-innovation-center-serves-startup-incubator/#more-2370
https://www.spokanejournal.com/special-report/iasis-starts-early-stage-research-on-two-new-products/

TESTIMONIAL

[It was] the people, the network and the discussions that really facilitated me to think more deeply about, not only the innovation, but how I’m going to be able to monetize it.
— Dave Vachon, IASIS Molecular

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Alumni from Cohort 4 (Spring 2017)


Safeguard Equipment has developed an innovative, inexpensive, and life saving device that warns users when they are in the proximity of high voltage sources and in danger of being electrocuted. This device will change safety standards for anyone working around energized surfaces or conductors.

 

MEDIA
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/20/local-entrepreneurs-talk-about-innovations-plans-f/
https://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/startup-safeguard-equipment-energizes-investors/
https://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/spokane-investors-launch-kick-start-iii-venture-capital-round/


TESTIMONIAL

The network and the opportunity you guys have given me to meet with all these CEO’s and their expertise has been invaluable.
And, of course, the public speaking and getting more comfortable talking in front of people was exceedingly helpful.
— Tim Ledford, Safeguard Equipment