Semble brings together communities and investors through innovation

February 25, 2014

For nonprofits always on the lookout for funding, Semble bridges the gap between those communities and investors.

Chosen as one of the three Innovation in Issaquah award winners by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Semble has grown a lot since beginning in 2008.

By Peter Clark President Chris Walcott stands in the open offices of Semble. The Bellevue company that aims to match nonprofits’ needs with community investors was given an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award.

By Peter Clark
President Chris Walcott stands in the open offices of Semble. The Bellevue company that aims to match nonprofits’ needs with community investors was given an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award.

“This was birthed out of necessity,” President Chris Walcott said. “When there are communities around the nonprofits, there’s a community that would support that nonprofit. Our role is to help communities be intentional with their investments.”

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Issaquah innovators honored at chamber luncheon

February 18, 2014

Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.

Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.

By Greg Farrar Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

By Greg Farrar
Matt ‘Griff’ Griffin (left), CEO of Combat Flip Flops; Karen Dawson, community relations director for Cedar Grove Composting; and Chris Walcott, president of Semble, hold their Innovation in Issaquah award plaques Feb. 13 at the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.

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