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By Jennifer Cabala
The Ewing Marion KauffmanFoundation is the world’s largest foundation devoted toentrepreneurship. Established in themid-1960s, the Foundation’s mission is to foster “a society of economicallyindependent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to theimprovement of their communities.” Inaddition to entrepreneurship, other areas of focus are advancing innovation,education, and research and policy.
For over 100 years, FosterPepper has represented diverse groups of people—from publically tradedcorporations to individuals—and helped them navigate complex and politicallysensitive projects. With teams inSpokane and Seattle, Foster Pepper is proud of their community involvement inWashington as well as their broad range of legal expertise and global reach.
A global program, Microsoft BizSpark provides helpto young startups by “giving them access to Microsoft software developmenttools, connecting them with key industry players” and providing marketingvisibility to entrepreneurs getting their startups off the ground. In addition to software, startups alsoreceive lots of support and visibility from the Microsoft global network.
The WashingtonTechnology Industry Association seeks to build a community of technologyprofessionals and companies in order to develop Seattle as a “StartupGround.” With focuses on gaming, mobile,the next generation of e-commerce and beyond the WTIA is committed to sharingexpertise and delivering discount business services.
Cooley LLPhas a long tradition of providing legal advice and representation to innovativeand disruptive companies bringing breakthrough products and technologies tomarket. Cooley offers counsel to youngstartups and works with them through all stages of business growth: from seedand mezzanine financing all the way to IPO and M&A.
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