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Posted on: June 3, 2020

NW Innovation Resource Center announces Amazon Catalyst Competition in Marysville

The NW Innovation Resource Center announced that it is launching an Amazon Catalyst competition to discover and reward big ideas to residents in the City of Marysville with solutions for products, services and processes  that focus on manufacturing issues. The contest kicked off this week. Residents of Marysville are encouraged to submit their proposals via through July 31.

Amazon Catalyst competitions look to supercharge innovation by encouraging people in all fields to think big, invent solutions to real-world problems, and make a positive impact on the world. In a post-COVID-19 world, big ideas will be needed to help communities recover and reignite local businesses. The competition is open to all residents over the age of 18 who live in zip codes associated with the City of Marysville. Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of judges from NWIRC and awarded a total of up to $10,000 in prizes. Details can be found at

The City of Marysville has long been known for its strong support of industry and, through the NWIRC’s Amazon Catalyst competition, wants to empower its residents’ innovative ideas. With the Cascade Industrial Center housing manufacturing operations, it’s a great time for the opportunity to provide innovative ideas for increasing productivity and/or reducing costs using the great new technologies available today.

“The new digital industrial technology will increase productivity, shift economics and foster industrial growth ultimately increasing the competitiveness of our city,” Mayor Jon Nehring said. “Our collaboration with NW Innovation Resource Center and its Amazon Catalyst competition is a meaningful way for us to spark innovative thinking among Marysville residents and reward bold solutions that will propel our path forward as a regional manufacturing powerhouse.”

Residents in the Marysville area who are interested in participating in NWIRC’s Amazon Catalyst competition should:

  • Dream big about how to build manufacturing operations, that make a 10x improvement to the status quo.
  • Submit a proposal with a brief description of the problem and their solution via by July 31.

The Amazon Catalyst program is a unique opportunity for organizations to encourage their community to share their big ideas of how to help.  This program gives them a place to launch the next big idea, right in their own hometown.


The NW Innovation Resource Center is a nonprofit organization that builds innovation capacity within northwest Washington. It assists entrepreneurs and inventors in developing their individual business strategy and execution as they move from idea to success and add to the economic resilience of the region. For more details please visit

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