Free reception to help entrepreneurs prepare for pitching contest

Local entrepreneurs who missed last November’s First Look Forum — a showcase for seed-stage companies to practice pitching ideas and compete for a $10,000 prize — will get another chance this fall.

The bi-annual forum gives entrepreneurs a chance to practice in front of venture capitalists and angel investors and get coaching. The Washington Technology Industry Association started the event more than eight years ago and last fall it came to Bellingham for the first time with the help of the NW Innovation Resource Center, a Bellingham-based economic development group.

The NW Innovation Resource Center will help entrepreneurs prepare for the Fall 2015 First Look Forum at a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 in Settlemyer Hall at Bellingham Technical College.

The free reception will allow startups to meet the groups organizing the forum, learn what to expect and network with investors and entrepreneurs, according to a press release from the NW Innovation Resource Center.

First Look Forum applicants must have never publicly pitched their idea or received investment money. The forum is open to applicants from all over the state and lower British Columbia in any industry.

Learn more at NW Innovation Resource Center’s website.

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