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

POULSBO — Registration is now open for 6 Month Startup Kitsap, a monthly meetup that develops entrepreneurs as they develop their business.

Developed by tech-entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author Dave Parker, the inaugural Kitsap County event kicks off June 6 in Poulsbo. It is the first time the program has been made available outside of Seattle, organizers said.

Over the course of the six-month series, they assert, 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. 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 program runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. on June 6. It meets at Vibe Coworks on the first Wednesday of every month through Nov. 7. 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 forthcoming book are designed to help founders learn from others’ experience at the earliest stage of their journey, 6 Month Startup founder and author 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.