6 Month Startup Kitsap program now open to region’s founders and innovators

BREMERTON — The official kickoff for 6 Month Startup Kitsap with founder, author and venture capitalist investor Dave Parker will be 6-8 p.m. June 6 at Rice Fergus Miller Office & Studio, 275 Fifth St. No. 100 in Bremerton.

This free event is for anyone interested in supporting a robust culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and startups in Kitsap and the greater West Sound Region. Attendees will get the inside scoop on Dave Parker’s 6 Month Startup program and book, including what it is, who it’s built for, the results you can expect to see and how you can participate in the inaugural Kitsap cohort. Tickets (free) can be reserved at bit.ly/kitsap6MSU.

Whether you’re a business leader, entrepreneur, student, government official, educational leader or unaffiliated dreamer/do-er, you’ll leave with an understanding of some of the most exciting regional and national trends in entrepreneurship, and what you can to do help birth and support a strong startup ecosystem right here in Kitsap.

Food and refreshments provided, courtesy of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance.

Developed by Parker, this is the first time the 6 Month Startup program has been made available outside of Seattle, organizers said. Over the course of the six-month series aspiring founders, corporate innovators, transitioning military service members and their spouses, digital nomads and students will refine their big idea, understand how to make money and make an informed decision about whether to leave their day job and pursue the idea full-time, according to the organizers. The 6 Month Startup format includes content, exercises, time to pitch, feedback from mentors and dinner.

“I believe we have founders and talent that can change the world living right here in our county, and 6 Month Startup Kitsap is a practical, action oriented means of bringing those people together,” said Brett Eddy, founder of Ignition Garage LLC and a longtime Kitsap resident.

The inaugural 6 Month Startup Kitsap cohort will meet at Vibe Coworks on the first Wednesday of every month July through December (except July 5, due to the 4th of July holiday). Participants should be prepared to do actual work on their “big idea” and participate in every session, organizers said.

The 6 Month Startup program and book are designed to help founders learn from others’ experience at the earliest stage of their journey, Dave Parker said.

Program sponsors to date include Dave Parker LLC, Ignition Garage LLC, Heed CXO, Vibe Coworks and the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. Additional sponsors and business leaders are also being sought to support the program.

To view the program curriculum, learn more and sign up, visit StartupKitsap.com.