KETCHUM, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - The Ketchum Innovation Center is a hub for entrepreneur and start-up companies in the Wood River Valley. It started over 3 years ago and is now settled into a new location, with about 14 people sharing the space.
“We’re really targeting young, growing companies. Any sort of industry. It doesn’t even matter if they’re existing. Really what we offer is office space, mentoring. We have a very robust mentoring program and then also workshops and classes focused around starting businesses and getting the help you need to get a new idea up and off the ground,” said Jon Duval, Director of the Ketchum Innovation Center.
The Ketchum Innovation Center’s new location on First Avenue and Sun Valley Road was originally built as the SCOTT ski boot and ski pole factory. It later became the Ketchum Post Office.
Now the building is returning to its innovative roots with the Ketchum Innovation Center and the many start-ups and small businesses that it houses.
“I think the reason co-working spaces and incubators have really taken off in the past few years is that really just being around other entrepreneurs and having that energy around you, I think that’s what I hear from our tenants. That’s incredibly valuable and you do see cross pollination of ideas and people helping each other out which is great,” said Duval.