SOURCE: Washington Technology Industry Association

Washington Technology Industry Association

September 25, 2014 11:00 ET

Washington Technology Industry Association Brings Fall First Look Forum for Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs to Bellingham

Call for Applications Open Now Until October 18th for Invite-Only Investor Showcase Event

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Sep 25, 2014) - Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Washington state's unifying voice for the technology community, today announced this year's fall First Look Forum™ will take place on Tuesday, November 18th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at The Bellingham Golf and Country Club. First Look Forum is WTIA's signature, invite-only investor showcase event featuring the top never-before-seen, early-stage startups from every segment of innovation in the Pacific Northwest. The winner of the event will take home a $10,000 grand prize to help accelerate their idea.

"Washington is a hot bed of startups and one of the densest communities in the world. Bringing First Look Forum to Bellingham ensures talented entrepreneurs from across our state have better access to this superb learning experience," said Michael Schutzler, CEO of WTIA. "We are thrilled to partner with the team at NW Innovation Resource Center to co-host this program in Bellingham."

First Look Forum is critical to WTIA's mission to mobilize industry, education, and government to make our region the leading technology community in the world. Local entrepreneur applicants that are selected to participate will receive hands-on coaching from investors and successful entrepreneurs to get their pitch ready. Finalists are invited to present their business plans to active early stage investors and a panel of the area's top venture capitalists -- representing over 20 angel, venture, and investment firms. The afternoon includes challenging feedback, constructive coaching, professional networking -- and for the very best presenters, an opportunity to vie for the $10,000 grand prize.

Qualified entrepreneurs from any industry, anywhere in Washington who have not received previous outside capital investment, or pitched publicly, are eligible and can apply online by Saturday, October 18, 2014. Ideal applicants bring to the table a compelling idea, strong team, willingness to engage in coaching sessions, and can present a clear case for potential future growth. Applicants do not need to have a technology company to apply.

"First Look Forum is a magnet for our state's top entrepreneurs. It captures the depth and breadth of innovation taking place in Washington state at its earliest stages and sets it before those with the skill and experience to help bring it to life," said Dan Levitan, Co-Founder and Partner at Maveron.

First Look Forum is an exclusive invite-only event for member. For details on the WTIA's Entrepreneur Membership and how to become a member, visit:

Each year, the WTIA hosts more than 50 professional education and networking events designed to help member companies cultivate their businesses. To learn more about the First Look Forum and other events or to apply, visit:

The WTIA is grateful for the support from industry partners including the NW Innovation Resource Center.

About the Washington Technology Industry Association
Founded in 1984, the WTIA is a not-for profit industry trade association that supports technology companies and professionals, acting as a catalyst for growth and awareness of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Washington State. The WTIA helps Washington technology companies prosper through three major strategic initiatives: advocacy, workforce development and fostering technology-based economic growth in the State of Washington. For more information, visit

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