Join us on February 17th for a webinar on how Seattle is making an effort to improve and help its startup community. Their Seattle Startup Initiative has gotten national press as an example of what cities can do to attract and retain technology startup companies. Check out more details below and RSVP.
The City of Seattle, WA has decided to invest in its startup community, after a technology task force recommended that more investment be made by the City, the Seattle Startup Initiative was created and a “Startup Liaison” position was created. Rebecca Lovell, the person appointed to that position works each day to connect startups in Seattle to resources that can help them succeed. The intiative has four main strategies to help startups: events, resources, jobs and a blog. They curate all the resources, job opportunities, tips and tricks for startups to succeed in their city.
The importance of this initiative is best explained by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray: “A key part of supporting Seattle’s growing economy is to make strategic investments in our competitive industry sectors, from technology to manufacturing. Nurturing our startups and helping innovative entrepreneurs expand in our city will allow our technology sector to continue to grow and support more jobs.”
Meet the Speaker
Rebecca Lovell was named as the Startup Liaison back in March of 2014 and it has been a whirlwind since then. She sees her role as all about connecting startups, especially ones run by women and minorities, with resources that can help them succeed. “I do that through our website, through meeting with entrepreneurs face-to-face, and beyond that, I work on improving the health and success of the startup community by expanding the talent pipeline, particularly with young women and students of color who have been historically underrepresented in technology.” She is also a mentor for Techstars and an adjunct professor at the University of Washington.
The Webinar will be on February 17th at 12:00 pm PT (2:00 pm CT, 3:00 pm ET) and you can RSVP by going here: seattle-startup-webinar.eventbrite.com. As always our webinars take place at anymeeting.com/ELGLwebinar.
- Seattle Bets on the Startup Economy
- Office of Economic Development names Rebecca Lovell as Startup Liaison for the City of Seattle
- Startup Seattle Website