Unique ideas call for unique solutions

Whether a widget, gadget, service or business – the unique ideas that walk through our doors require equally unique approaches to solving them. The path for developing a better mousetrap and getting it into the local hardware store is very different than the path needed to start a laundromat with an unusual business model.

That being said, we do have a process to help us figure out what path we need to forge. This process has been born out of years of working with innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs. Taking wild ideas and taming them to become real-world solutions.

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Strategy, tools, and community

Innovators – whether they are inventors or entrepreneurs – need Strategy, Tools and Community to launch their ideas. Once those ideas become a reality, they have a positive impact on the local community. The same community resources used to launch a business benefit from the invigorated environment of the creation process. This process engenders innovation across all social, environmental and economic boundaries resulting in a newly motivated workforce, expanding educational opportunities, sustainable new products and creative artistic endeavors.

Coming full circle

At NWIRC we call upon our community members to help launch local businesses. Their willingness to help makes sense given the benefits that result from new businesses springing up around us.

Participants in our program receive

  • Industry-specific mentoring for each phase of development to solve the challenges of starting their business.
  • Access to resources from partnering businesses including educational opportunities, government and service organizations.
  • Opportunities to work in collaborative relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs, mentors, and businesses.
  • Assistance in the identification of funding and preparation of materials, if required.
  • Mentorship from experienced professionals who have started businesses and have navigated their way to profitability.
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Which program is right for you?


Does this describe you?

I’m an Inventor with a product.

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I’ve got this idea for a product but don’t know what to do with it.

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I’m part of the Maker Movement – I create things I need and think someone else may want one too.


Does this describe you?

I’m an inventor that wants to start manufacturing my product.

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I am an entrepreneur who has an unusual business model

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I took the first steps to start an innovative business and am lost about what to do next