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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update

This monthly e-mailed update contains news, opportunities, upcoming events, and other information about Mid-Columbia tech businesses and the organizations that support them.

April 2014 Issue


Second Tri-Cities Startup Weekend a Success

The second Tri-Cities Startup Weekend attracted 60 participants and generated three winning business ideas. Held at Washington State University Tri-Cities on March 14-15, the event featured entrepreneurs who pitched early-stage business ideas, formed nine teams around those concepts, and received advice from judges.  The winners were Dragon, a video game; MarkerDock, a tool to keep children's markers capped and handy; and ChoreoBeat, an app for music-based exercise instructors to manage their music.  Read more ...  

Prosser Firm Featured

Impact Washington selected ApresVin Enterprises of Prosser, Washington, as the Made in Washington Featured Manufacturer for March 2014. ApresVin uses the pomace left over from winemaking to produce artisanal, varietal grape seed oils and grape seed flours, the first company in the nation to do so. More on ApresVin ...

Tech Opportunities and Resources

Clean Tech Showcase Accepting Applications

Do you have a clean tech innovation or product?  Apply to present your technology or your research poster by April 14 for the CleanTechnology Showcase.  The showcase, on June 234 in Seattle, is intended for networking, learning from experts, and investing. Presented by the Washington Clean Technology Alliance, the event features the latest clean tech advances from 20 Washington state companies and research institutions. Submitters of accepted posters will get two free admissions to the conference. Read more and apply...

Tech Dates and Deadlines

2014 Innovation Summit

April 3. The 2014 Innovation Summit is April 3 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It's for entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding a high-tech business. Attendees will learn about forming businesses, seeking financing, establishing intellectual property positions, and searching for technical solutions at national laboratories and research universities. The event is presented by Technology Ventures Corporation. Read more and register ...

Attracting Angel Investors

April 8. Keiretsu Forum Academy presents "How to Get Angel Investors to Finance Your Business." It's April 8 from 9 am to 5 pm in Seattle.  Space is limited to 25 attendees. Read more and register. ..

UW Startup Job Fair

April 8. The University of Washington Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship presents its early-stage UW Startup Job Fair on April 8 from 5 - 7 pm. It's on the UW campus.  Space is limited to 25 companies.  Undergraduates should contact Leslie Mabry at  Graduates should contact If you have a short-term project for an MBA, contact Colette Vogel at

Clean Tech Showcase

June 23.  Early-bird registration is open now for the Clean Tech Showcase at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.  Clean tech professionals, innovators, investors, policy makers, and academia are invited. Tickets ...

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Tri-Cities Tech Business Update is published by the Economic Development Office at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Each month, we send you an e-mail message, giving you the link of news, tips, awards, upcoming events, and other information about local technology-based businesses and organizations that support them. With business and community partners, our goal is to build and diversify the Tri-Cities economy—adding skilled jobs in primary-sector industries that bring in outside dollars. Currently, more than 1,100 tech-related businesses, investors, and economic development stakeholders subscribe to the newsletter, mostly in the Mid-Columbia area and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. This newsletter (RL-P00-009) supports DOE-Richland's vision for the future of the Hanford Site and surrounding area through the creation of research opportunities, new industries, and new business clusters