United States

Seattle

Attraction Phase

Founders appreciate the dynamic world-class tech ecosystem Seattle offers. We're generous leaders in AI, Cloud, IoT, Robotics, Big Data, Fintech, Biotech, VR/XR, and more for you to connect with.

Brett Greene
CEO and Founder of New Tech Northwest

Sub-sector Strengths

AI, Big Data & Analytics

Google invested $10.5 million in AI algorithm marketplace Algorithmia and Apple is expanding operations in its Seattle AI hub. Qumulo, an enterprise data storage startup, raised $93 million in 2018. Deep learning startup, Vertex.AI was acquired by Intel for an undisclosed amount in 2018. The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence hired Yejin Choi, a University of Washington professor, to research AI under Project Alexandria — backed by $125 million from late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Life Sciences

The primary care and family medicine programs at the University of Washington have consistently topped the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Seattle is home to biotech companies like Corixa, Trubion, and ZymoGenetics and the headquarters of major investors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH. Nohla Therapeutics, a hematologic malignancies therapy developer, raised $56 million in 2018. Impel NeuroPharma, a medical device startup, raised $67.5 million in 2018.

Why you should invest in Seattle

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
1.8k-2.4k
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
$24 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
Top 10 Global Ecosystem
Artificial Intelligence
Top 15 Global Ecosystem
Life Sciences
6
Exit Growth
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5
Output Growth
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4
Funding Growth
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Reasons to move your startup to Seattle

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$379 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
$855 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$110 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Startup genealogy

Founders can draw on extensive regional experience. Microsoft and Amazon, both headquartered in the Seattle region, have been the source of numerous spinoff companies directly (such as Expedia) and indirectly (such as Twilio). Together with spinoffs from the University of Washington, this record has given the region a rich genealogy of startups that become scaleups, begetting more startups.

Startup Community

Startup Genome
Partners & Members

Startup Seattle
ARI
Lighter Capital
New Tech Northwest
Techstars
Fledge
Microsoft Ventures
Seattle Angel Conference
Alliance of Angels
Startup Grind
Seven Peaks Ventures
Angel Resource Institute
Microsoft for Startups
SURF Incubator
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