Located in one of Northwest University’s spaces at 6710 108th Ave. NE, the 425 Collective will provide not just available room for small businesses and startups to rent and operate out of, but for Northwest University’s MBA students looking to get a feel for the real-life working environment and experience what startup culture is like, according to 425 Collective’s Interim Director Sam Smith.
“The majority of the people meeting and renting will be everyday businesses from Kirkland, not necessarily connected to Northwest University,” he said. “It’s a collective for Kirkland.”
The creators of the collective, John Quick and Jak Moroshan, are Northwest University alumni, who started working on the collective when the university was looking at what to do with its vacant space after the previous tenant left.
“It’s almost twofold,” he added. “To one degree, we can provide a service for the city…Secondly, we have this empty space and as a school it makes sense for us to take the opportunity to run with this and have a better business program. I think it’s a twofold win.”
The 425 Collective was inspired by a similar working space called The Guild, located in a Tacoma warehouse, where a dozen people work.
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They are both Alumni of Northwest University and business owners. After they both founded The Guild, which is a Creative Community Work Space in Tacoma, WA they saw an opportunity to help Northwest University launch their own space.