• North Cascades: Startup Skagit Valley

    February 03, 2020

    StartUp Skagit Valley is a program for aspiring entrepreneurs in Skagit County featuring free business training and ongoing support.


    Up to 20 emerging entrepreneurs, including up to three high school students, will have the opportunity to participate in CIE’s Bootstrap Business Course, a 16-hour course that will be held twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm) starting March 3rd at the Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County. Participants will learn how to apply business fundamentals to assess the feasibility of their business goals to reach a quick “go/no-go” decision. Participants will have access to individualized coaching and mentorship from the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, the SBDC, and local volunteer business and economic development professionals.


    Bootstrap Business Course: Free business training that will help you apply business fundamentals to assess the feasibility of your business goals and reach a quick go-no go decision.   

    Business Coaching: Individualized one-on-one business coaching from CIE, SBDC business advisors, and volunteer mentors.

    Seed Funding: A chance to win one of three $500 seed grants to help with startup expenses and an opportunity to incubate in the Mt. Vernon Pop-Up store.


    • Fill out the application here by February 26, 2020

    • Attend all training sessions (4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout March)

    • Submit completed homework assignments by March 31

    • Agree to comply with the competition Rules and Criteria