Information Technology & Startups


Startup Seattle Program

Seattle is bustling with entrepreneurial activity and the startup spirit, from Pioneer Square to the University of Washington, after-school activities to industry meetups, garages to co-working spaces. Startup Seattle will help you navigate this sea of resources and connections, and serve as a megaphone for our region's success. Powered by the City's Office of Economic Development, this site brings you:

  • Events: free postings for tech startup events - peruse the offerings or post your own
  • Resources: ever-expanding list of organizations and services for tech-startups
  • Newsletter: highlights from the above

TechHire Community

Seattle was recognized as a TechHire community as part of the White House's national jobs initiative. This program for underemployed adults convenes employers, educators and workforce partners to provide accelerated training, internship and employment opportunities in the technology sector. Seattle's commitment has an explicit focus on historically under-represented communities: women and people of color.

Learn more and sign up.


Contact our Startup Advocate, David Harris: (206) 684-3348

Information Technology

Seattle has a century-long history of innovation, infused with the spirit of adventure, driven by cultural and economic diversity, and fueled by creativity and a strong sense of community. What do you get when you combine one of the best-read cities in the world, with art, music, and software? A global leader in gaming. Add that to our leadership in the cloud and enterprise? You're looking at the capital of Virtual Reality. When it comes to the innovation economy, the University of Washington is a major player in this narrative. Reuters rated it the most innovative public institution, in no small part due to its globally ranked computer science and life science programs. Along with Microsoft and the over 50 engineering centers located in greater Seattle, these industry giants are key to attracting global talent, creating wealth, and spinning off entrepreneurs, in turn feeding our vibrant startup ecosystem. Ranked by Mattermark as the nation's third fastest growing startup community (based on investment), Seattle has a higher concentration of engineering talent than San Francisco (coupled with a lower cost of living). In addition to talent and capital, Seattle boasts critical infrastructure and resources including co-working spaces, a committed community of mentors, incubators and accelerators to help founders launch and grow their startups.


Contact our Director of Entrepreneurship and Industry, Rebecca Lovell: (206) 733-9196

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