Startup 425 Foundations

Have a great idea for a product or business? Not sure where to start? Consider Startup 425 Foundations. Held each year in the spring and in the fall, this program brings together innovators, business advisors, and entrepreneurs for a broad overview of the startup process, from business plan preparation to financing, marketing and networking. Seminars are held in the evenings, to allow for mid-career exploration, and include light refreshments.

Not sure if you can commit to the entire series of seminars? No worries. Sign up for only the sessions which appeal the most to your interests or needs.

Spring 2020 Series

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Startup 425 Foundations spring seminar series was modified. Rather than conducting in-person sessions in each of the five participating libraries (Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Renton) the material was delivered online using webinars. The webinars were recorded and are available for on-demand viewing at your convenience. A listing of the webinars can be found below:

  1. Small Business Planning with the Lean Canvas: Learn how business planning can help you manage the risk of starting a new business. We will show you how to use the lean canvas to put all the pieces together in a compelling way to turn your idea into a new product or service, and then into a business. Click Here to access the recorded webinar of this session.
  2. Understanding How Marketing Can Help You Launch Your Small Business: An overview of the key marketing activities you need to work on when launching a new business will be covered. They include defining your target market, designing, pricing and packaging your product or service, and ways to promote your business at launch. Click here to access the recorded webinar of this session.
  3. Understanding the Options for Financing Your Small Business: Explore the financing options for starting a new small business. We will help you determine the option that makes the most sense for supplying the capital your business needs. Click Here to access the recorded webinar of this session.
  4. Is Your Networking Not Working? Relationship Strategies to Get Known, Get Connected & Get Paid! : Learn important networking strategies and techniques to grow your business. Nationally known expert Toni Harris Taylor will be the presenter. Click Here to access the recorded webinar of this session.

Dates, Times, and Locations

Date Day of Week City Location Time Topic Registration is Closed

“I really appreciate the speakers sharing their relevant experiences and knowledge and taking their time for us!”

— Spring 2018 Participant

Program Partners

Startup 425 is proud to partner with the community to make our programs possible. We’re not interested in reinventing the wheel—outstanding organizations and program providers are already doing great work on the Eastside. Instead, we convene and collaborate with strong, independent partners to promote entrepreneurship and economic development.