If you’re living in Seattle you already know how great of a city it is. We’re close to water in every which way, it’s an easy drive into the mountains for any kind of hike you’re looking for, and our tech scene is impressive–that means jobs. Even more impressive is that Seattle now ranks third in the list of best US cities for startups. As a company that supports those startups, we loved hearing that. Commercial Cafe, a commercial real estate blog, went to review the 50 most populous urban centers to find the top 20. Sitting at No. 3 means Seattle has a lot going for it, but most noteworthy is that it attracts the most millennials. According to the data, 32% of the population here is in this age cohort and it makes up a significant portion of the workforce. We come in second place for Tech Education, and one of the many other factors used in rankings that thinkspace was feeling good about was coworking costs.
As a somewhat new Seattleite, I can share that the tech scene was one of the biggest reasons my family moved out West. Though ranking third is excellent, one category noted was that Seattle has room for growth in the creation of new business; it simply isn’t on pace with with the amount of talent coming in. Additionally, while there is a great sum of funding covering startup businesses in the region, the article cites that more than 50% is coming from VC outside of it.
We see startups everyday at thinkspace; some of whom we’ve been able to celebrate as they move from full-time coworkers to moving into window offices, and sometimes they even grow beyond our walls. It’s great to see their successes. We also have the opportunity to celebrate with them as they secure funding and grow to do the amazing work they’ve put in years of hard work for, and that’s really exciting.
At thinkspace we also have many relationships with organizations, groups, and individuals who support the growth of startups. It’s a great opportunity to share these partners to help connect you when you are in need. Check out our list and reach out for an introduction. Seattle is quite the populous city but can be made much smaller when you have community that wants to support you. Let’s create more reasons to be in Seattle.
Some of our Partners to Check Out!
Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investor network with more than 2500 accredited investor members throughout 47 chapters on 3 continents.
Techstars, a seed accelerator and worldwide network supporting entrepreneurs’ success.
Madrona Venture Labs, a startup studio based in Seattle. We partner with founders to build meaningful companies from scratch.
Startup Haven, educational resources, in-person networking events and leverage to network effects to bring value to growth-oriented startup founders and investors.
CoMotion Labs, part of CoMotion, removes barriers for startups, and provides valuable industry connections in order to help our members take their innovations to impact. They provide a multi-industry labs system hosting startups from inside and outside the UW community ranging from pre-seed to Series A.