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A Regional Spirit of Creative Thinking

NW Washington is home to a spirit of innovative and unconventional thinking. Entrepreneurs want to live and work here, because they value the community and the freedom to build a meaningful and impactful life. TheLab is dedicated to empowering innovators in the region to further cultivate that adventurous spirit and resourcefulness to generate new ideas and make NW Washington an even better place to live and work.

Accelerating innovation through Design Thinking

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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.

The NW Innovation Lab, or “TheLab”, is a network of innovation labs designed to support entrepreneurs in NW Washington.


TheLab@everett is designed to support the growing digital economy in Snohomish County. In addition to co-working space and private incubator offices, TheLab@everett will have a dedicated Design Thinking workshop, which will provide resources to help entrepreneurs explore their ideas. TheLab@everett will also have opportunities for rapid prototyping with a SnoCoMakers satellite space. Additionally, TheLab has a relationship with SnoCoMakers and The Facility “Makerspace” in Edmonds for extended prototyping needs.


1001 N. Broadway. Suite A3, Everett, WA


TheLab@swiftcenter will come to life as part of a major redevelopment of the former Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley – a 225-acre property that has been included on the National Register of Historic Places. TheLab@swiftcenter will breathe new life into the historic complex, offering entrepreneurs and business leaders a place to transform innovative ideas into thriving business opportunities for the region. It is expected to open in 2019.  

25625 Helmick Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA


TheLab@arlington will serve as an innovation center and co-working space to serve entrepreneurs of North Snohomish County. It’s set to be built in a remodeled 1940s service station with a public pocket park with restrooms and bike storage. TheLab@arlington will be located in the heart of downtown Arlington. It is expected to open in 2019.

404 N. Olympic Avenue, Arlington, WA