From affordable coworking space to mentorships to meetups, Startup Spokane is a great, first stop for entrepreneurship assistance. Partnering with others in the area, GSI’s Startup provides connections to resources and tools.
The mix of talent and creativity is here in Spokane – look at these updates of for recent success stories.
- Etailz sells for $75 M
Etailz sells about 30,000 products online, including through Amazon. Trans World Entertainment Corp., a publicly held retailer of entertainment media and memorabilia, has over 300 stores. Together, they complement each other and hope to grow total business. Etailz will retain its employees and Spokane location. Etailz is the story of two Gonzaga University students who won the Entrepreneurial Business Plan competition in 2008. With the help of their professor and angel investor, they started Green Cupboards, an online seller of eco-friendly products. Working out of McKinstry’s Innovation Center, the company grew and adopted the name Etailz after its acquisition of ecomom.com.
- Stay Alfred Raises $15 M for Expansion
Stay Alfred, a Spokane startup, closed a $15 million Series A investment round. The vacation rentals company currently offers one- three bedroom, downtown vacation rental properties in 12 cities across the country. With this investment, the company plans to grow internationally. Stay Alfred controls the entire guest experience from furnishing and cleaning to booking for each rental, so customers enjoy the amenities of a furnished apartment with the consistency of a hotel. The startup employs 60 at its Spokane headquarters, and generated $25 million in revenue last year. Ranked in 2016 on the Inc. 500 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, the company has experienced a three-year sales growth of 814%. Take virtual tours and book online at StayAlfred.com.
Learn more about entrepreneurship resources at StartupSpokane.com.