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 ideation and business planning to financing and marketing. Workshops are held weekly in the evenings, to allow for mid-career exploration, and include light refreshments.

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

Spring 2018 Series

This spring, Startup 425 Foundations will be held in all five Eastside communities. Four workshops will be held each in Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, and Issaquah. In addition, the full, six-workshop series will take place in downtown Bellevue for those interested in a more in-depth exploration of the business and startup development process.

  1. Ideation. Develop and assess your idea to determine whether it might be viable as a product. Discuss the ideation process with a panel.
  2. Business Licensing. Learn about business structures and licensing structures under Washington State and city requirements.
  3. Business Plans. Understand the business planning process and what elements are crucial when developing your plan.
  4. Financing. Explore your financing options. Which option might make the most sense for your business?
  5. Marketing. Define your target customer and how to reach them. Can social media be an effective tool?
  6. Networking & Mentoring. Learn about the resources available to you on the Eastside to support and grow your business.

Dates, Times, and Locations


  • Spring sessions complete
Startup 425 Foundations




  • Spring sessions complete


  • Spring sessions complete

Startup 425 Foundations brought in “tremendous resources and incredible experts. Thank you!”

— Spring 2017 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.