Support for clean-tech and ‘blue-tech’ entrepreneurs

The Northwest Innovation Resource Center is partnering with the CleanTech Alliance and Washington Maritime Blue.

EVERETT — The Northwest Innovation Resource Center will partner with the CleanTech Alliance and Washington Maritime Blue to support entrepreneurs with blue-tech and clean-tech startups and businesses, said Diane Kamionka, the center’s executive director.

“We welcome the support of Washington Maritime Blue and Cleantech Alliance working with us to unleash the innovation in our region,” Kamionka said.

The resource center, which serves Northwest Washington, also operates TheLab@Everett, a business incubator.

Entrepreneurs who need guidance, are “stuck” or at a loss for the best way to move forward may find the group to be a good fit, Kamionka said.

Experts will be able to help them explore the merit of their ideas, point toward investment sources and help build their startup.

The ports of Everett, Edmonds, Anacortes, Bellingham and Skagit are collaborating to support participants with maritime expertise.

“Maritime Blue’s mission is to support the development of a hub-and-spoke model for supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the ‘blue economy,’” said Joshua Berger, CEO of Washington Maritime Blue, a nonprofit that aims to develop maritime businesses and practices that promote sustainability.

Northwest Resource Center is the perfect partner to engage our maritime communities in north Sound,” Berger said.

The CleanTech Alliance is a nonprofit that represents 300 members in 10 U.S. states. It was founded in 2007 to foster the growth of clean-tech companies and jobs.

“We are excited to be a part of a program that helps develop more of those businesses.” said Mel Clark, CEO of Clean Tech Alliance.

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