SPOKANE, Wash. – A 54-hour frenzy of entrepreneurship starts Friday night in Spokane. It’s the fourth Startup Weekend Spokane, where dozens of people will pitch new business ideas to a team of judges.
Connor Simpson and his business idea, Barter’s Closet, won the interface and design category at the first Startup Weekend Spokane, about a year and a half ago.
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“It’s probably the best spot to go to get validated for your idea in Spokane. There’s gonna be a large group of people who are willing to support you,” Simpson said. “Maybe there’s something in there that you don’t fully understand or there’s a gem in there that they can help you uncover.”
Barter’s Closet began with Simpson’s closet full of sweaters. He went online, looking for a site where he could double the size of his wardrobe without actually doubling the size of his closet. No such service existed, so Simpson decided to build his own online business with that concept: where users can trade or rent clothing.
Barter’s Closet (https://www.barterscloset.com/) currently has about 400 users and makes about a handful of online transactions each month. But now that the company has a product it is comfortable with, Simpson said it will move forward with more marketing from Barter’s Closet’s downtown Spokane headquarters.
Connor is returning to Startup Weekend Spokane this year as a mentor.