WTIA Cohort Program

Applications are now open for the next Washington Technology Industry Association Founder Cohort program designed to help venture-scale, seed-stage startups grow and scale.

WTIA and its partners provide 30 to 35 founders in each cohort with a roadmap that will help guide them through their next milestones as they navigate increasing revenue, securing investment, and growing the team, according to WTIA’s website. The program is virtual and kicks off with a three-day fundraising bootcamp, after which there are monthly workshops on stage-appropriate topics to implement in one’s company. The program runs six months, beginning in March.

This is the program’s ninth cohort. More than 200 startups have gone through the previous eight cohorts since the program began in 2018.

The virtual program is free to apply for and participate in, and no equity is exchanged.

WTIA’s goal is to help invest in its ecosystem and use its connections, sponsors, and partners to support the next generation of companies via mentorship, education, coaching, and connections. It also wants to connect early-stage entrepreneurs with peers in similar stages to build cohorts of connected founders that grow together, according to its website.

Founders in the program will learn how to fundraise, how to manage a board of directors, and about corporate governance (including accounting and legal), and customer development and go-to-market strategies.

Ideally, WTIA program participants are the CEO and founder of a venture-scale technology startup that has a team or co-founder; is past the idea stage; has some revenue, customers, or investment; has less than $1 million in annual revenue, even no revenue; and is headquartered in Washington state.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 12. The application link is here.