Seattle is a global hub for innovation, and much of that spirit and mindset begins at the UW. Our shared passion for entrepreneurism unites us as a university and a community of change creators. We are committed to fostering innovation, not just because of its economic impact, but because we know it can create a world of good.
Last year, the UW spun out a record 18 startup companies based on work done by our professors and students. During the last decade, more than a hundred UW-based startups have grown out of collaborations between our students, faculty and the business sector.
These bootstrap companies are the inspiration for the creation of a new Seattle home for passionate startup founders, funders and mentors: Startup Hall.
An exciting partnership between the UW and three local startup leaders — Founder’s Co-op, Techstars Seattle and UP Global — Startup Hall opened its doors just today. It’s the proving ground where entrepreneurs will ignite new ideas and test their visions, reaching out from the UW to the entire Puget Sound region.
Startup Hall will also launch a new era in the University District as it attracts other early-stage companies seeking to gain a foothold and grow their businesses.
This nexus of innovation is located just steps from campus, where scientists and students are conducting world-class research every day. The companies that call Startup Hall home are independent from the UW, but their proximity will spark unique connections between UW-based innovators and Seattle’s thriving startup community.
Startup Hall, the UW and the entire University District are poised to become an epicenter for innovation. By providing unparalleled experiences and support for students and entrepreneurs, we believe that our culture of commercialization will propel the greater good.