Event: Is Crowdfunding a Viable Funding Option For Your Business?

CROWDFUNDING OPTIONCrowdfunding has injected between thousands to millions of dollars to businesses which were not considered “traditionally” fundable at the time they created their campaigns. Many founders of startups have seen this and asked themselves, “Is crowdfunding really a viable option?” We’ve created this event to help the startup community answer this question along with answering the most important, and often undiscussed, questions around crowdfunding.

Our panel will cover:

  • How crowdfunding can help you start or build a business
  • The 3 main types of crowdfunding & the differences between them
  • Why you might want to choose one type of crowdfunding over another
  • The JOBS Act and how it’s affecting funding now, and in the future
  • Legalities around crowdfunding
  • The benefits of crowdfunding
  • The challenges of crowdfunding
  • Universal strategies for creating a successful campaign
  • And more!


Moderated by Serena Walker, Founder and CEO Athena Business Institute

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Date:      Monday, April 7th, 2014

Time:      6pm – 9pm

Cost:      $20 Live / $20 Replay + Online Q&A / $30 Both!

Where:  1201 Third Avenue, Suite 2200, Seattle.

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Sparking Creativity

Sparking CreativityJoin DWT under the Teatro Zinzanni tent to learn the secrets of how innovative Northwest employers have turned creativity into success. Be inspired by new ways to generate ideas and solve problems. In the first half of the program, you’ll hear from our stellar list of panelists, including:

  • Alayne Fardella, President and COO, The Seattle Times
  • Andres Hermosilla, Manager, Innovation and Rapid Store Testing, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Steve Secrist, Vice President and General Counsel, Puget Sound Energy
  • Gary Wright, Senior Vice President, Business, Seattle Sounders FC

In the second half of the session, you’ll get a chance to practice in our own “CreatiConfab.” Your delight is guaranteed! Plan to stay for the cocktail reception that follows.





Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

3pm – 5pm


Teatro Zinzanni

222 Mercer St

Seattle, WA 98109

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Legal Perspective At Seattle Grind

Startup GrindGuest Post by Michael Grabham

Countless hours of building a company can be compounded by more hours figuring out taxes and legalities, as well as investor and compensation rules. It can seem like a grind and at some point you’ll need help. That’s why the organization is called “Startup Grind.”

Startup Grind is a volunteer-run effort designed to inspire, educate and connect entrepreneurs. Since 2012, we’ve been hosting fireside chats with local VC’s and startup founders in the Seattle area. It’s become known as a highly interactive and engaging networking event within the startup ecosystem.

You will meet fellow entrepreneurs working on their first or next startup.  With locals like Dan Levitan, Oren Etzioni, Michelle Goldberg and others, it’s become a place where you can count on meeting great people and enjoy a nice glass of wine or beer.

Meet Joe Wallin

This month, Joe Wallin from Davis Wright Tremaine will be discussing his experiences as a long time startup attorney. He is an authority on the recently introduced crowdfunding law in Washington State, which opens a new funding channel for Startup founders.

The format is unique. After some quality networking time, we gather for a fireside chat with local startup experts.  My questions reflect my inherent curiosity and lead a discussion that allows the audience to get useful answers to questions they have about their startup.  You get real life stories of how or why something was done within the context of starting or running a company.

On any given month, 75-90 budding entrepreneurs converge to meet people, talk tech and give their elevator pitch to an audience member. A favorite part of Startup Grind Seattle is the introduction of the guest speaker for the fireside chat. I will not spoil the secret, but you will not be sitting down when you see it. I hope to see you there!

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Space is limited, so sign up ASAP


Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

6pm – 9pm


Surf Incubator’s Dice Cabana

821 Second Ave.

Seattle, WA, 98104

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