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, recruiting, legal services, tax advice, product development, public relations, marketing and sales.
Grow50 has three initiatives designed to make a positive difference to our local community.
1) Every month, Grow50 invites a local CEO 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 members 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 CEO's of Burn Manufacturing, Dreamclinic, Pink's Ice Cream, Madison, Piper, Qwizdom, Whooshh, and Zealyst. Upcoming presenters include the CEO's of Espionage Cosmetics, Kaolakin and Evergreen Salads.
2) 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)
3) Grow50 will be providing turn-key business start-up services to the new businesses being created by the Energy Cabinets at the Center for Energizing Leadership in Bellevue, WA.
By taking these three initiatives, the Grow50 consortium believes it is well on its way to achieving its mission of helping grow 50 companies by 2023.
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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 directly participate in the Puget Sound's tech boom. Seen above, 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, which David is calling HacktheCD. And below, David can be seen recognizing the achievement of another group of youngsters. 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.