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Thank you for your interest in helping the NW Innovation Resource Center (NWIRC). We serve the five-county region of NW Washington including: Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island and Snohomish Counties.

We are an organization committed to expanding economic opportunity in Northwest Washington by building innovative community ecosystems that support entrepreneurial activity that engender innovation across all social, environmental and economic boundaries and resulting in extraordinary benefits to the community through a motivated workforce, expanding educational opportunities, sustainable new products and creative artistic endeavors.

We’d love your support and there are a variety of ways you can help!

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Nice to meet you! Two business people shaking hands and smiling while standing with coworkers in the creative office. Greeting. Office life

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Our unique business model is focused on finding mentors and resources in the communities we serve to help support our clients.   We’ve developed our programs to have a Just-In-Time Mentorship™ model where clients are paired with community mentors and resources at the right time. This helps prevent mentor fatigue and makes the most out of their time. We are always looking for mentors and resources who are ready to share their knowledge and pay it forward to another entrepreneur. If you have skill sets that can help entrepreneurs, we’d love to hear from you.

*Due to the sensitive nature of working with early stage entrepreneurs we ask all our mentors to sign our Mentor Agreement. Please review the document, if you have questions please contact us.


Every donation makes it possible for NWIRC to continue to ignite the flame of innovation in our communities! While our programs are focused towards inventors and entrepreneurs, we have many projects we run that are geared towards sparking innovation in high school and college students. Like our design thinking workshop for high schoolers and internship programs for students to engage with startup businesses.

No matter the size of your donation, your dollars matter! Remember -as a 501(c)3 your donation is tax deductible (you’ll receive a letter from us regarding your donation).

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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.