SOURCE: Clutch

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November 13, 2014 13:30 ET

Turning Creativity Into Innovation, Clutch Collaborative Business Incubator Launches

New Immersive Incubator Opens Doors in Seattle With Two Initial Companies -- Digital Library TheHubEDU and Asset-Tracking Platform Syrvel

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Nov 13, 2014) - Clutch (weareclutch.com), a consulting firm delivering industrial-grade, strategic transformation and innovation, today announced the formation of the Clutch Collaborative (clutchcollaborative.com), a Seattle-based boutique incubator which provides hands-on business cultivation to start-up companies with industry-disrupting ideas. In contrast to the more common incubator model based primarily on seed funding, Clutch Collaborative infuses start-ups with top talent AND also provides access to capital, turning creative ideas into funded innovations. The group's first portfolio companies include digital library and collaboration tool TheHubEDU (thehubedu.com) and Weav-e, maker of next generation asset tracking platform Syrvel (weav-e.com).

"We believe that innovation is creativity ready to earn a living, so we've created the Collaborative to help entrepreneurs take that important next step to financial viability and funding," said Steven Anderson, Co-Founder of the Clutch Collaborative and Clutch's top executive. "Our belief is that embedding top-tier, experienced talent is as important, if not more so, than funding to a young company. We will operate like a virtual executive team as well as loading a start-up with all the talent needed to succeed."

Formed by Anderson, Jeff Hibbert, and Tom Taft -- a trio of experienced, successful entrepreneurs who wanted to change the status quo in business incubation, Clutch Collaborative provides organizations the intellectual capital required at every level of a company to create the value necessary for a successful funding or liquidity event. By infusing a cadre of ex-CXOs, skilled polyglot software developers, product designers, quality assurance and sales and marketing team members to the mix, the Clutch Collaborative brings start-ups the often missing and critical experience needed to attract investment and customers. Portfolio companies are co-located at the offices of Clutch, enabling deep interaction between Clutch executives and professionals with portfolio entrepreneurs.

TheHubEDU is a digital library/collaboration platform that provides a simple, social way to manage, share, discover, and maintain meaningful information and personal knowledge. Users build a personalized digital library by creating public or private shelves of a subject and/or specific content containing uploaded documents, videos, and third-party resources to be shared and added to with the click of a button. Technology demos and more information are available at thehubedu.com.

Weav-e is the maker of Syrvel, a next generation asset-tracking platform that is delivered via mobile devices and the Cloud. Syrvel captures data about all of an organization's assets regardless of type, monitoring their current status, locations, costs, warranty and other critical information across geographically-dispersed areas, providing the information companies require to make key business decisions. Designed from the ground up to be both powerful and immediately adoptable, Syrvel provides automated workflows, full configuration and integration with ERP and other critical business applications through an industry standard API. More information on the Syrvel platform is available at weav-e.com.

Start-up companies and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about incubation opportunities through the Clutch Collaborative can visit clutchcollaborative.com or contact Steven Anderson at steven@weareclutch.com.

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Clutch is a Seattle-based consulting firm that delivers industrial-grade, strategic transformation and innovation. Clutch creates new and better opportunities for clients, boosting their ability to address market challenges by optimizing strategy, technology and organizational performance. Ongoing information on Clutch, our people, and our opinions is available at weareclutch.com and on Twitter @dangerousisgood.

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