Today’s Thomas Edisons will find direction with the
help of Northwest Innovation Resource Center’s
new strategic partner, Slingshot NW, a marketing
platform specifically designed for inventors. The
company began in May 2016 with a goal to further the
economic climate north of Seattle, said CEO Bryan Brown.
Inventions and inventors are not limited to any particular
industry. Right now the company has five licensed
products and quite a few more in the works. “There
are a wide variety of products ranging from a product
that is designed for professional painters to another that is
designed as a rescue device for the firefighters and other first
responders,” Brown said.
All of the products come through the Northwest
Innovation Resource Center before falling into the
capable hands at Slingshot. If inventors are interested in
commercializing their product, Slingshot is a resource for
initial licensing, Brown said. The Northwest Innovation
Center is a resource for entrepreneurs in the community to
take their idea from a simple sketch all the way to ready-
to-market product—then Slingshot comes in.
Inventors are not a limited group of people. Slingshot
works with industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and any
individual with an idea and passion to make it a success.
While the company is committed to connecting with local
inventors, products are marketed worldwide. Slingshot
is based in Bellingham. Brown said he sees the area truly
benefiting from the influx of economic development that
Slingshot has the potential to foster.