Helping Entrepreneurs plan, fund, operate, grow and sell
The mission of Grow50 is to stimulate emerging businesses in the Pacific Northwest to benefit the local economy. Our long-term goal is to help grow 50 companies within 10 years.
The Grow50 Consortium's membership includes some of the top professional service firms in the Pacific Northwest. Our members provide early-stage entrepreneurs with the specialized skills and critical expertise they need to grow their businesses, including fundraising, CEO coaching, valuation, recruiting, legal services, tax advice, product development, engineering, public relations, international business, marketing and sales.
The Grow50 Consortium is committed to building businesses for the long-term. We are currently working with entrepreneur and community leader David Harris to help increase the number of Central District residents that ultimately participate in the Puget Sound's tech boom. Seen, below right, entrepreneur David Harris (4th right) presents his idea for HacktheCD to a Grow50 Assembly in July, 2014. Listening to David are Grow50 members, 1st left, Elizabeth Andreini of Accelerate Marketing; 3rd right, patent attorney, Bryan Santarelli of Lane Powell; and far right, Jonathan Copley of CFOCare Inc. Uma Rao of TAF looks on.
Above left, is a photo of three of the middle-schoolers that took part in a Coding Bootcamp during the last week of August. The Bootcamp was a pre-curser to a Start-up Weekend on September 26. A special shout-out to Coding Dojo who provided patient instructors on a pro-bono basis. And below right, David recognizes the achievement of a group of impressive young coders; while below left, another group proudly shows off their Certificates of Completion. For many of these future techies, this is their first taste of coding, and just maybe its their first step on the road to producing a string of video game hits by 2023.
The Grow50® Consortium was started in 2013 by Jonathan Copley, a former managing consulting partner with both Andersen and Deloitte. Jonathan is currently the CEO of business consulting firm CFOCare Inc. The Grow50 Consortium does not generate revenue directly from its collective activities as a consortium. The Grow50® Consortium is a voluntary organization comprised of firms from multiple professions each with professional rules and regulations. CFOCare Inc.‘s role as organizer of the Consortium is limited to basic administrative duties. Each member firm in the Grow50® Consortium is solely responsible for its own professional conduct. CFOCare Inc. does not assume any liability for the activities of other firms.
Grow50 currently has four initiatives designed to make a positive difference to our local community.
Grow50 Provides Multi-Disciplinary CEO Counsel
Every month, Grow50 invites a couple of local CEOs to share with the entire multi-disciplinary Grow50 team a business problem which is impeding the company's growth. Subsequently, the CEO is a "silent observer," while the experienced Grow50 Consortium debate possible solutions to the company's challenge. This powerful blend of diverse professional perspectives often leads to highly creative solutions and always gives the CEO several new ideas to explore. Recent presenters include the CEOs of Burn Manufacturing, Confer, Dreamclinic, Pink's Ice Cream, Madison App, Piper, Qwizdom, Whooshh, and Zealyst. Upcoming presenters include the CEOs of Smart with Art , Evergreen Salads , Seattle Distilling and SpringStar Inc .
Grow50 Provides Pro-Bono Consulting for Select Not-for-Profit Entities
Grow50 provides pro bono consulting support to deserving not-for-profit entities. In 2013, we supported First Look Forum winner, MovingWorlds. In 2014, we are supporting the winners of Social Venture Partners annual Fast Pitch competition, Teachers United Washington and Project Feast. We are also supporting the winner of Crosscut Community Idea Lab, David Harris, to implement his winning idea, HacktheCD. (See story below) In 2015 we will again be supporting the winners of Social Venture Partners annual Fast Pitch competition..
Grow50 Provides Start-up Turn-Key Services
Grow50 will be providing turn-key business start-up services to the new businesses being created by the Energy Cabinet Incubators at the Center for Energizing Leadership in Bellevue, WA. Members of Grow50 are also contributing to the Faculty of the Energy Cabinet Incubators.
Grow50 Helps State Government Give Out-Of-State Entrepreneurs a 'Soft-landing'
Grow50 is working with Choose Washington, an initiative by Washington State Government to help bring more business into our state. As a proven network of professionals specialized in working with emerging businesses, Grow50 Consortium is part of a package of benefits the State has pulled together to help entrepreneurs from out-of-state have a 'soft landing' here in the Evergreen State.
By taking these four initiatives, the Grow50 Consortium believes it is well on its way to achieving its mission of helping grow 50 companies by 2023.