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.

Fall 2018 Series

This fall, Startup 425 Foundations will be held in all five Eastside communities. Take a look at workshop sessions, locations, and dates below.

  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

Date Day of Week City Location Time Topic Register
08/22 3 - Wednesday Renton Renton Library 6:30p - 8:30p Ideation Register now!
08/23 4 - Thursday Kirkland Kirkland Library 6:30p - 8:30p Ideation Register now!
08/29 3 - Wednesday Renton Renton Library 6:30p - 8:30p Business Plan Register now!
08/30 4 - Thursday Kirkland Kirkland Library 6:30p - 8:30p Business Plan Register now!
09/05 3 - Wednesday Renton Renton Library 6:30p - 8:30p Financing Register now!
09/06 4 - Thursday Kirkland Kirkland Library 6:30p - 8:30p Structure & Licensing Register now!
09/12 3 - Wednesday Renton Renton Library 6:30p - 8:30p Structure & Licensing Register now!
09/13 4 - Thursday Kirkland Kirkland Library 6:30p - 8:30p Marketing Register now!
09/17 1 - Monday Issaquah Issaquah Library 6:30p - 8:30p Ideation Notify me!
09/20 4 - Thursday Kirkland Kirkland Library 6:30p - 8:30p Financing Register now!
09/24 1 - Monday Issaquah Issaquah Library 6:30p - 8:30p Business Plan Notify me!
10/01 1 - Monday Issaquah Issaquah Library 6:30p - 8:30p Structure & Licensing Notify me!
10/02 2 - Tuesday Redmond Redmond Library 6:30p - 8:30p Ideation Notify me!
10/09 2 - Tuesday Redmond Redmond Library 6:30p - 8:30p Business Plan Notify me!
10/10 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Ideation Notify me!
10/15 1 - Monday Issaquah Issaquah Library 6:30p - 8:30p TBA Notify me!
10/16 2 - Tuesday Redmond Redmond Library 6:30p - 8:30p Structure & Licensing Notify me!
10/17 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Business Plan Notify me!
10/22 1 - Monday Issaquah Issaquah Library 6:30p - 8:30p TBA Notify me!
10/23 2 - Tuesday Redmond Redmond Library 6:30p - 8:30p Marketing Notify me!
10/24 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Structure & Licensing Notify me!
10/30 2 - Tuesday Redmond Redmond Library 6:30p - 8:30p Financing Notify me!
10/31 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Marketing Notify me!
11/07 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Financing Notify me!
11/14 3 - Wednesday Bellevue Bellevue Library 6:30p - 8:30p Networking & Mentoring Notify me!

“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.