LaunchPad News – Celebrate Local Startups

LaunchPad, Connect Northwest and Startup Weekend Spokane present a free event for entrepreneurs, startups and anyone interested in learning more about the emerging startup scene.

We are celebrating the Top 25 Startups for a hang out at a cool location with one of the best downtown views: The 3rd Floor Coworking Center and Courtyard at the Seahorn Building in Steam Plant Square, 157 S Lincoln. The event goes from 5:30pm-8:30pm.LaunchPad, Connect Northwest and Startup Weekend Spokane present a free event for entrepreneurs, startups and anyone interested in learning more about the emerging startup scene.

[They left out the date but their Facebook page says it is set for October 2nd…X]

We are celebrating the Top 25 Startups for a hang out at a cool location with one of the best downtown views: The 3rd Floor Coworking Center and Courtyard at the Seahorn Building in Steam Plant Square, 157 S Lincoln. The event goes from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Attendees will:

-Meet founders and representatives from top local startups

-Learn more about the upcoming Startup Weekend Spokane

-Get an update from past Startup Weekend winners and participants

-Connect with local service providers supporting the growing Startup Ecosystem

Appetizers, Beer and Wine served. See you there!

RSVP via Facebook or email to paul@launchpadinw.com

via LaunchPad News.

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7 Responses to LaunchPad News – Celebrate Local Startups

  1. Art Lande says:

    Date of event? I don’t see it… what is it?

  2. inlandnw says:

    Since they just posted it today, I assume they mean next week Wednesday. I also noticed that a date was missing from the promotional item.
    —–
    Updated: Their FB page says this will be on October 2nd.

  3. Stuckart, Ben says:

    Two positive posts in a row! What is up?

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. billkalivas says:

    Sorry for the confusion, yes the event is on Wednesday, Oct 2nd. We hope you all can join us as we celebrate the emergence of several innovative startups in our community.

  5. inlandnw says:

    Entrepreneurship and the startup scene is critical to a growing economy. Launchpad is a great watering hole for driving this process forward and is having a long term positive impact for Spokane’s economy and its residents.

    Ben – don’t know when you started reading but there have been many positive posts in the past as well as recommendations and ideas for improving things for all.

    I do have two posts in the queue that were written last summer – one is a downer (did you know that if Spokane County was a country, its youth suicide rate would place it in the top ten for worst suicide rates in the world?), while the other pokes fun at some of our silly and untrue promotional efforts. Like VisitSpokane’s absurd claim that Spokane has 290 clear days per year. Good grief.

    We don’t need to exaggerate – there’s plenty of decent things to talk about. The point of that post is – stop the lies and tall tales! As I am sure all of our mother’s told us when we were little, “Honesty is the best policy!”

  6. David Kendall says:

    Maybe I haven’t been paying attention. But, for the first time, I finally see a couple opportunities to respond by either email or comments. I’ll choose email in the interest of privacy and hope you will correspond.

    I’m interested in replicating the Mondragon model here in Spokane: that is, employ democratic business strategies to create new jobs and build community wealth. Does that sound stupid to you? Impossible? Why?

    My question(s) are not rhetorical. I’ve done more than a little footwork in this regard to little or no avail. So my next question would be, do you represent the “normal curve” in Spokane? Something tells me you reside slightly outside that “box”. I’ve been a fan of your analysis for some time. But I also know it only takes a few people to get something constructive started. So if you’re interested in moving beyond mere criticism and into building something new, please let me know.

    David Kendall

  7. inlandnw says:

    I am no expert on setting up the Mondragon model. For other readers, the Mondragon model is a egalitarian approach to business formation that we do not typically find in US corporations. Management and workers cooperate more strongly than is typical in US corporations and top salaries are greatly limited compared to US firms. Workers have a stronger say in operation of the business. To some extent, some elements of the Mondragon model have been incorporated within some US corporations.

    This model was established in the Mondragon region of Spain, in the 1940s, after the war and the population of the region was receptive to seeking solutions to their situation. The model has proven itself to be very successful within that area and today, the Mondragon business employs over 85,000 people.

    Does the Spokane area have the right situation and culture to adopt the Mondragon Model? I have no idea. But the idea is certainly an interesting one.

    Regarding the web site, I suspect my role will becoming to an end. This humble blog has achieved a goal of having more people and organizations look more closely at the story the data tells over time, rather than the story we prefer to tell. Once we recognize where we are at, and are honest about it, we are in a far better position to make positive advances in local opportunities.

    The efforts of Launchpad are terrific and very important to achieving a self sustaining growing community. Every study ever done anywhere generally finds that entrepreneurship and start ups are the key to economic growth. Startup weekend and start up activity in general will have a far larger and longer lasting impact on the future of Spokane than any of GSI’s recruitment of call centers and warehouses.

    As to where I fit in the local population distribution, well, perhaps mentally nuts or some such 🙂

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