Trip highlights local startups and Eastside business appeal
Startup 425, a regional economic development program designed to support local startups, is participating in this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The international convention is the world's largest gathering for the mobile industry. As part of the delegation, six Eastside companies will attend the conference, giving them a unique opportunity to explore new markets, network and learn best practices for their growing businesses.
"Attending the Mobile World Congress is a really unique business opportunity," said James Henderson, economic development director for the City of Bellevue. "We're excited Startup 425 was able to make this trip happen. We're also looking forward to promoting the Eastside's many business draws to an international audience."
The six tech startups -- AppEpic, Evam, NewSky Security, Quantyzd, Splainers, VIAR 360 -- had to apply in a competitive process for the limited spots in the pavilion and demonstrate good potential for developing sales in Europe. All six are participating in a series of pre-show workshops that give them the building blocks and best practices for a successful trip. The series was put together in cooperation with the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.
The Startup 425 group booth will be featured in the "4 Years From Now" (4YFN) section of the convention. The 4YFN event provides a platform for early stage companies that are developing next generation mobile technologies and software. Participation in 4YFN helps provide an introduction to global entrepreneurship and provides assistance for groups interested in the European market.
Startup 425 is a collaborative effort between the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland and Renton. The program's goal is to provide access to tools that experienced workers, students and entrepreneurs need to go from idea to a sustainable working business.
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