The NWIRC is a strategic partner for innovators – entrepreneurs and inventors – to help bring their ideas to life. We assist by building a customized strategy for success through an expert business toolkit, access to an exclusive Just-In-Time Mentorship™ program and an expansive community of local resources.

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Investment Bootcamp for College Entrepreneurs

Whether you are an inventor or entrepreneur, NWIRC helps you evaluate the idea, identify your needs and create a customized road map for success.


Every business needs a roadmap to help navigate the pitfalls. Using years of entrepreneurial expertise, we build customized strategies to meet the individual needs of your business.


Every business needs a toolkit to keep the business moving forward. We have an experienced toolkit full of business expertise and know-how to keep you on track.


Every business needs others people, whether they are mentors or customers. Our exclusive Just-In-Time mentorship program will connect you to an expansive community of local people who can help.

Diane and the NWIRC network helped me focus my business plan and financials into a format that I could present to potential investors. With renewed focus and a thought out presentation, I held the confidence and information that lead me to financial investors. While my business grew, NWIRC continued to provide advice on how to find an accountant or how to start another business! It has been a privilege to be part of NWIRC’s enterprise program and I plan to continue utilizing the resources NWIRC provides as my business demands.

~Leah Paisano

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Contact us today to find out more about our programs or to volunteer as part of our Entrepreneurial Innovation Community.

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