The Seattle Startup Week Experience

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Seattle. Famous for its rain, the Seahawks, the Space Needle and coffee. It’s also known for the hyper-successful businesses that start up here. Starbucks, Amazon, Microsoft, Expedia, Zillow, etc. It’s widely regarded as one of the world’s elite tech hubs. And for good reason. Tech has dominated the economy of Seattle for the past 30 years, providing tens of thousands of high paying jobs to a highly educated workforce. And Seattleites enjoy some of the best outdoor rec opportunities in the country. Everywhere you look people are out experiencing nature and staying active.

While Seattle is known for big tech companies, it’s the startups and their founders that deserve the attention. Last year was my first visit to Seattle Startup Week and I was blown away by the super smart people I was introduced to. A lot of the people I met had worked at one time or another for a big tech company, but decided it was their time to go off on their own and try something for themselves. “Making the Jump” to entrepreneurship, as we tend to call it, is a scary and often lonely proposition. But the founders I met in Seattle were enthusiastic and ready to take on the world. Their energy was infectious. On top of that, the community that came together to celebrate startups was as supportive and welcoming as any I’d seen. They truly believed in their founders and startups, and wanted the world to know about them.

That’s why I’m so excited about this Seattle Startup Week 2015. Our local organizers announced today that registration is open for this year’s event and have listed over 30+ events happening for free all over the Seattle area. The event they’ve put together this year is bigger and better than ever, but still focuses on the core of what makes a great startup community – the people. No matter where you’re at on your entrepreneurial journey, you’ll find the right program to fit your needs. Best of all, programs will be held in great venues all over town, so you’re sure to have easy access to one or more of those spaces.

Speaking of spaces, Basecamp, Powered by Chase, will take place at Impact HUB Seattle, 220 2nd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104. Basecamp is a great place to network, recharge and take in great programming. Plus, there’s daily Happy Hours from 4-6pm that you definitely need to check out.

Here are some programming highlights for the week::

   Monday, Oct. 26 // Intellectual Property Essentials for the Hyper-growth Startup
–    Tuesday, Oct. 27 // Operation Failure: Learning that failure is a constant
–    Wednesday, Oct. 28 // Sustainable Design for Hardware Startups
–    Thursday, Oct. 29 // Grit and Resilience: What You Need to Scale Up
–    Friday, Oct. 30 // Rethinking 21st Century Higher Education

While Seattle Startup Week is mostly about learning, there’s also a lot of celebrating that goes on as well. The Opening and Closing Parties are not to be missed. It’s a great way to connect with others like yourself in celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship.

If you’re in Seattle, you really should considering attending this year’s event. Go to as many or as few programs as you like. It’s totally up to you. Register today and get the dates on your calendar now! You will not be sorry.