Where Innovation Thrives

NWIRC assists entrepreneurs to create, build and grow innovative businesses that strengthen the economic diversity of NW Washington.

Our Programs

Explore the variety of programs from industry specific cohorts, like BlueTech/CleanTech to one-on-one advising that empower innovative entrepreneurs from idea to start-up.

Our Resources

Discover the locations of TheLab Network, as well as the strategic tools and connections to expert mentors that support entrepreneurs and explore innovative technologies.

Our Regional Impact

Learn how our organization works with the community of NW Washington to expand the regional diversity of our economy and build innovative communities.

Apply now  for the September BlueTech/CleanTech Innovation Cohort!

Upcoming events for entrepreneurs and innovators

Thanks to all who participated in the hackathon for Camp Korey. 

Who We Are

A Regional Driver of Economic Diversity

Innovation is the cornerstone of healthy, resilient communities – where entrepreneurs are given the latitude to explore individual initiative, creativity and flexibility to build and grow innovative businesses that strengthen the economic diversity of our region.

NW Washington thrives when we work to build the innovation capacity of our region. Whether its new entrepreneurs starting a businesses in Clean Tech, Agricultural Tech or Blue Tech or inventors creating new solutions to problems big and small, the innovators in our region create a diversity of businesses to support long term economic development.

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What We Do

Build Innovative Communities

Entrepreneurs gain access to the best resources that allow innovation to thrive. With a large network of mentors and experts, as well as creative spaces, entrepreneurs see great benefits in an environment where innovation is cultivated.

Just In Time Mentorship

Subject matter experts when you need them


Investors & Financing

From angel investing to crowdfunding or self-funding, we help you to understand the options.


The Lab Network

Creative spaces for you  to build, network, and grow

Empower Innovative Entrepreneurs

Ideate, Validate and Launch New Ideas Faster.

Our individual advising and startup incubator and accelerator programs provide entrepreneurship support from design thinking validation, through lean business strategies, expert mentorship and angel investor introductions to help get from idea to execution faster.

Workshops, Incubators & Accelerators

We have a variety of programs for different cohorts’ learning opportunities.

One-on-One Advising

Inventors, innovators, & entrepreneurs who need specific support for their innovative ideas.

Project Reinvent

Help for existing businesses looking to reinvent what they do and how they do it.

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Explore Innovative Technologies

Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses can no longer afford to sit by while others adapt to technology and gain a competitive edge. Our events, resources and programs explore some of the new technologies critical to business success and will help you identify which ones are important for the health, wealth and growth of your business.

Expert Talks

Talks from experts on new technologies for business.


We are hosting events to help you learn more!

Ready  to Get Started?

Click below to learn more about the programs and resources best suited to your needs.

Not sure where you fit in?

Contact us today, and someone from the NWIRC will be in touch shortly to help you make the best use of our resources.

Spotlight on Innovation in NW Washington

Reinvent for Resiliency – Skagit Valley Malting

Reinvent for Resiliency – Skagit Valley Malting

https://youtu.be/V--L43R1psU NWIRC's Lara Merriam-Smith talks with Dave Green of Skagit Valley Malting about how they have worked over the past year on reinventing their business to build resiliency and explore new options made possible by thinking differently. Learn...

Procreate Brands

Procreate Brands

Inventor: Scott Baumann Company: Procreate Brands Location: Ferndale, WA Where to buy: see list below available at retailers everywhere.   Procreate brands is an innovative consumer product design, brand development and intellectually property company with over...