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At HUB Seattle, Howe has taken
the business-incubator model and focused it on social purpose enterprises.
HUB Seattle has partnered with the
Bainbridge Graduate Institute and
Social Venture Partners to launch a
center for Impact and Innovation in
the heart of downtown Seattle.
“If we want to see more entrepre-
neurial solutions to the many social
and environmental problems around
us, then it makes sense to have a com-
munity of similarly intentioned indi-
viduals who are able to collectively
gather more advice, mentorship, and
resources than they would on their
own,” Howe said. “Having an incuba-
tor environment is more efficient for
both entrepreneurs and investors, as
well as a lot more fun.”
Just as Howe has put a social pur-
pose twist on the traditional business
incubator, he sees how the model could
apply to the legal profession, with some
caveats. “Most traditional incubators
provide funding and resources to a
multiple teams of individuals,” he said.
“It sounds like you’re looking for solo
attorneys to pool resources together.
That’s very different than a traditional
incubator. If each solo attorney is go-
ing to wholly own her own practice,
then it requires a lot of thought around
what resources to share and which
ones to keep separate . . . Sharing re-
sources isn’t easy, but if the lawyers
approach it with a belief that more
can be done together than apart, that
there is an abundance of resources and
clients, and have a clear conflict reso-
lution mechanism — then the effort is
well worth it.” nwl
Randy Trick is managing partner
and co-founder of Populous Legal
Services PLLC, which won the 14th
annual Harriet Stephenson Business Plan Competition at Seattle
University in 2012, and a graduate
of the Seattle University School
of Law Class of 2012. He can be
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