Trailhead Offers New Hub for Boise Entrepreneurs 10

Connected Working Space, Workshops Available 
for Any Business Looking to Make its Mark

A group of entrepreneurs—Jason Crawforth, Karen Meyer, Faisal Shah and John Hale—had all started businesses in Boise or been involved with them in some way.

But they soon realized there wasn’t a local resource that focused on helping people start and scale businesses.

That’s when the idea for Trailhead was born, and the project is a lot of things to a lot of people.

It’s a gathering place for people or organizations to utilize shared workspaces in a flexible, modern environment. It provides its own code school to help business owners develop their own websites and web applications from experienced software developers. It encourages business owners to participate in networking events and business-oriented workshops.

It allows entrepreneurs access to the latest technology that might give their business an edge with a place to connect to WiFi and share ideas over coffee — the essential startup fuel.

Trailhead offers a variety of monthly and annual membership packages, from an individual membership at $35 per month or $350 per year up to a business membership of $49 per month or $490 per year. Student memberships and team memberships for startups are also available.

Anyone can also drop in for an individual session for $7 per day.

The Trailhead memberships include access to member-only events, including member mixers and founder forums, as well as free or discounted admission to Trailhead hosted events and workshops.

“The companies Trailhead has worked with have all left feeling more informed about their next steps, prepared to pitch to investors and potential customers, and connected to a larger network of resources and people available to help them,” said Sybille Gorla, operations manager at Trailhead.

After Trailhead opened its doors in March 2015, it has gone on to help over 100 businesses and organizations reach their true potential, she said.

“It’s definitely not only Boise businesses,” Gorla said. “Our reach is Idaho and beyond.”

Trailhead was able to get off its feet thanks in large part to partnerships with entities such as the city of Boise, Capital City Development Corporation, Micron and Albertsons. By July of that year, the project became part of The Startup Federation, a global network of the world’s top incubators and startup catalysts, according to Trailhead’s website.

Gorla said Trailhead has been proud to recently roll out its START series, which consists of two main programs: Startup Now and Idea, Set, GO.

Startup Now is an eight-week intensive business acceleration programs for select businesses, while Idea, Set, GO is a three-week workshop that is designed to help people with idea validation.

Trailhead members include entrepreneurs, programmers, filmmakers, nonprofit executives and many, many others, Gorla said.

The project differs from an accelerator or an incubator, according to Trailhead.

At Trailhead, a business owner doesn’t reserve dedicated office space like he or she would at an incubator. Instead, areas are set up for collaboration with others working individually or on projects. Conference rooms can be reserved for a more private setting.

Trailhead also doesn’t offer one formal program like an accelerator would. Instead, Trailhead features ongoing workshops and other events to connect entrepreneurs with resources and experts to help with the challenges a business owner may face.

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” Gorla said. “I don’t think anyone would work at Trailhead if they didn’t like experimenting with new processes and coming up with new and innovative solutions. The Trailhead team offers a lot of advice and when a founder actually takes it, and it works, it’s pretty fantastic.”

Trailhead is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Monday through Friday, and it’s located 
at 500 S. Eighth St. in downtown Boise.

Email info@trailheadboise.org or call 208.344.5483 for more information.