United States

Washington, D.C.

Late-Globalization Phase

Startups in Washington, D.C., have a refreshing focus on taking on significant global challenges and bringing their unique entrepreneurship lens to problems historically left to governments.

Donna Harris
Cofounder, 1776 General Partner, 1776 Ventures

Sub-sector Strengths

Cybersecurity

As a share of its total, the region has 2.5x more Cybersecurity startups than the global average, and these companies can draw on a regional population of cyber-related engineers three times larger than the rest of the country combined. Tenable Network Security IPO’d in 2018 with a valuation of $2.1 billion. Washington, D.C.-based Lavrock Ventures, announced a $25 million fund to invest in enterprise software, cybersecurity and national security early-stage startups.

Edtech

Numerous government agencies and influencers play a role in Washington, D.C.’s Edtech ecosystem including the Office of Education Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. The regional Edtech ecosystem is supported by Novak Biddle Venture Partners, a supporter of Edtech ventures with investments in 2U, Inc., Capital Education Group, Inc., and Parchment. Ever­Fi, an online course provider has raised $251 million in total funding.

Why you should invest in Washington, D.C.

SOFTWARE STARTUP OUTPUT
2.2 k-3.0 k
GLOBAL AVG.
1,010
ECOSYSTEM VALUE
12 bn
GLOBAL AVG.
$5 bn
#3 Global Ecosystem
Cybersecurity
Top 10 Global Ecosystem
Edtech
4
Exit Growth
INDEX
4
Output Growth
INDEX
6
Funding Growth
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Reasons to move your startup to Washington, D.C.

EARLY-STAGE FUNDING PER STARTUP
$330 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$284 k
TOTAL EARLY-STAGE FUNDING
$921 m
GLOBAL AVG.
$837 m
SOFTWARE ENGINEER SALARY
$115 k
GLOBAL AVG.
$58.3 k

Proximity to government

It’s no accident that the nation’s capital has developed a thriving tech ecosystem. Startups have access to funding, contracts, customers, and experienced talent. The region is home to four of the top five 2018 research funders in Life Sciences. In-Q-Tel is a nonprofit investor that accelerates the development and delivery of technology to the American intelligence community. The city’s Inclusive Innovation Incubator is a public, private, and academic partnership which involves the D.C. Office of the Mayor.

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Steven Rodriguez
Steven A. Rodriguez is Managing Director and Founder of SUEGO™ and Chief Culture Officer at BloomShift™. He co-leads various ESHIP programs through his non-profit InnovateCoalition™; is a Business Development & Digital Marketing Mentor & Contributor for WeWork Labs and Coach for the DC Department of Employment Services Innovation Lab; and is a Board Member to the International Council on Trade and Development.
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