COVID -19 Update - TheLab@everett is temporarily CLOSED.

Disruptions like we are experiencing bring big challenges to our everyday lives, but we also know they can be cornerstones and catalysts for innovation. While TheLab@everett is temporarily closed under the Washington State Safe Start Plan, the NWIRC advising services continue to support new and existing entrepreneurs in the region as you navigate the dynamic changes occurring, so please contact us if you want to schedule online video sessions or phone calls. We will be sharing through our Facebook page  up-to-date Community and Business resources for the region. We are also working to evolve our existing programs and other new events into online formats to continue providing quality information to serve the entrepreneurial community. Sign up for our newsletter to get updates about the programs as they become available or visit our events page.

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About Us

About Us


TheLab offers an ideal space for innovative entrepreneurs to connect and build community. As a member of TheLab, you’ll gain access to a broad and diverse network of like-minded innovators from across NW Washington. You’ll also have the opportunity to bounce ideas off of other entrepreneurs and build relationships with experts in industries like manufacturing, healthcare, and clean tech. You’ll be exposed to a variety of perspectives and find yourself constantly challenged and inspired by peers and mentors.

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The NW Innovation Lab, aka “TheLab”, is a network of innovation labs in NW Washington that provide the resources and support you need to transform your ideas into a successful business. No matter what stage you’re at in your entrepreneurial journey, TheLab is here to help. We offer co-working space, mentorship, private offices, meeting spaces, networking opportunities and more. Learn more about how you can join our first location in Everett today and find out about additional spaces opening in Arlington and Sedro-Woolley in 2019.


Design Thinking is a process used by established businesses around the world to generate and refine new ideas that result in highly successful products and services. At TheLab entrepreneurs can access the resources and support they need to implement Design Thinking to transform their ideas into a successful business. Design Thinking enables entrepreneurs to identify the key strategic components needed to launch a product, streamline decision making and see more opportunities lead to lasting revenue.

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Join our first location

The Think Tank

A creative space to IDEATE

Where entrepreneurs and innovators grab a seat and explore an array of solutions while finessing their ideas into tangible products and services.

The Frontier

A creative space to DEFINE

Private, secure offices for emerging innovative businesses to look inward for defining and refining the problems they are solving for customers.

The Commons

A collaborative space to EMPATHIZE

Engage and immerse in meaningful dialogue that provides insights, allowing collaboration and community to thrive.


The Workshop

A creative space to PROTOTYPE

A Design Thinking workspace for businesses and community members to create, prototype, innovate, collaborate and thrive.

The Study

A creative space to INNOVATE

Private, quiet dedicated desk space to uncover un-expected areas of exploration and focus on a unique point of view.

The Makerspace

A creative space to TEST

Technology innovators need to help refine prototypes, iterate design and test solutions to the problems their businesses solve.

Experts in Residence

Experts in Residence is a lab-member only benefit of TheLab@everett.  We’ve got a great team of people who want to help Lab Members ramp up their business and break through the challenges they are facing.  From legal to investment and beyond there are Experts waiting to help entrepreneurs at TheLab@everett.  Contact Steve Cherewaty  to find out more

Guy Seaton

Guy has been a NWIRC mentor to entrepreneurs for the over 3 years. He has over 25 years of experience in senior leadership positions in startups as well as large companies. He has led efforts to obtain over $2.2B dollars in funding. He has a dry sense of humor and likes nothing more than to see entrepreneurs succeed.

Chris Adams

Chris is a partner with Adams and Duncan Lawyers. His focus is on corporate law, real estate and tax matters. He has assisted entrepreneurs in the formation of their business and other startup issues.

J.D. Houvener

J.D. is a patent attorney with a soft spot for entrepreneurs. He is the founder and CEO of Bold IP. J.D. has graciously provided his time to present information about IP and made his book available to all.

Jim Thompson

Jim uses his 30+ years of executive experience in high growth technology and cleantech businesses as an angel investor, director and advisor for entrepreneurs and their start-ups. He is a founding member of Bellingham Angel Investors and works extensively with cross border funding situations in the Pacific Northwest.

Jan Vandenbos

Jan has an extensive background in technologies that impact the future. He has founded and built multiple successful businesses, participated in venture capital activities including creating a current venture fund. Jan has a passion about helping entrepreneurs who know their subject matter but need assistance with all of the elements of starting a successful business.

Phil Knudson

Phil has practiced in public accounting since 2006 and is currently a partner at Moss Adams. His expertise working with closely held businesses and their owners, provides insights for entrepreneurs as they consider how to establish their startup and consider funding options. His areas of expertise include entity structuring, estate and succession planning, complex flow-through tax planning, and partnership allocations and transfers.


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