About Us

Our History

Over seven years ago the local business networking group Bainbridge Business Connection helped incubate the Island’s first coworking community, OfficeXpats. At that time OfficeXpats owner Leslie Schneider was instrumental in encouraging and nurturing the original idea of Accelerate Kitsap.

XLR8 started as a non-profit organization on September 1st, 2012, with the following vision statement: “Accelerate Kitsap is a group of experienced business and professional people working to help entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level.”

In its infancy, within the first six months XLR8 had 10 client companies in the concept stage, start-up stage, or expansion stage, both for-profit and non-profits. As first board chair and original visionary Ken Sethney put it, “We volunteer our time to serve as business mentors; we share what we’ve learned – successes and failures; and we serve our community by helping its businesses grow. Concept stage and nonprofit companies are hosted by Accelerate Kitsap or sponsored by local companies and individual donors.”

Today XLR8 Kitsap and OfficeXpats are partners in helping grow and nurture the business future of Kitsap County and the West Sound.

In September 1, 2012, Accelerate Kitsap, was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serving the greater Kitsap Peninsula business community. XLR8 provides business education with a focus on small businesses and local sustainability. Accelerate Kitsap collaborates with co-working businesses, economic development organizations, and local municipalities to support and deliver programs, events and resources throughout Kitsap County. Our partners and other community leaders help grow and nurture the business future of Kitsap County and the West Sound.

Accelerate Kitsap Goals

  • XLR8 is dedicated to the cultivation and development of entrepreneurs through business education services and support.
  • XLR8 was established to help entrepreneurs prepare to become successful business owners by providing practical tools designed to focus on basic business education.
  • XLR8 strives to help business owners develop a solid foundation and business strategy, so they can be successful. We will work to help entrepreneurs build strong sustainable business enterprises by providing training and resources
  • XLR8 also encourages and supports the cultivation, development, and growth of local non-profit organizations.
  • XLR8 is presently seeking to partner with local non-profits as an educational forum and venue related to the business needs of local non-profit directors, leaders, and employees/volunteers.

Accelerate Kitsap Mission

Our mission is to grow businesses that create jobs in Kitsap’s underserved communities. Accelerate Kitsap serves startups as well as established businesses, and is dedicated to helping underserved entrepreneurs at every stage in their business growth.

Accelerate Kitsap Vision Statement

Accelerate Kitsap is a group of experienced business and professional people working to help entrepreneurs take their companies to the next level.