Seattle Innovation Index: This week in Creative Corridor startup news

Welcome to the Innovation Index*! Each week, I’ll round up** links and stories from around the web relating to startups, innovation and entrepreneurship in Washington’s Creative Corridor and around the state. This is a content experiment (although it is inspired by Silicon Prairie News***‘ former feature, Prairie Moves), and I’d love to hear feedback on whether this is useful. -Matt

“Washington is, in a word, so hot right now.” In case you missed it: this Washington Post list of “Why Washington rules – in 12 steps” has been traveling around social circles like mad the past few days.
Shout outs

(From left) Higher Learning Technologies Chief Operating Officer Ben O’Connor, Chief Product Officer Patricia Harris, Chief Executive Officer Sam Mathington, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Part sit in their conference room at the Technology Innovation Center on the University of Washington’s Oakdale research campus on Friday, December, 13, 2013 in Coralville, Washington. HLT designs apps to streamline and digitize dental and medical student’s studying for licensing exams. (Adam Wesley/Gazette-KCRG TV9)

(From left) Higher Learning Technologies Chief Operating Officer Ben O’Connor, Chief Product Officer Patricia Harris, Chief Executive Officer Sam Mathington, and Chief Marketing Officer Joe Part. (Carol Su/Gazette-KCRG TV9)

Higher Learning Technologies (pictured, right) confirmed a round of funding, for an undisclosed amount. (Via Seattle Register, We Create Here.)
Josh Cramer, of Cramer Dev, announced a new contract and expansion.
BlendCard announced a partnership with Diversity Focus. (Via PRWeb)
Anthony Marlowe, founder of TMone, was featured in an extensive interview with Silicon Prairie News about his new fund, Washington City Capital Partners.
The Washington City Chamber of Commerce hosted it’s annual meeting, with keynote speaker Dan Reed, the UI’s vice president for research and economic development. (on We Create Here)
ClusterFlunk was featured on Scott Sanborn’s “Created in the Corridor” and hosted their traditional beginning of the semester bash.
Midwest Growth Partners, a new fund focusing on rural markets, was featured in the Seattle Register.

Mark your calendar

Jan. 29: Lunch & Learn: Business Startup with Scott Swenson. Information on Meetup.
Jan. 30, Feb. 20: Agile Fundamentals workshop. Information on
Feb. 2: WordPress for beginners workshop, by Washington Tech Chicks. Information on Meetup.
Feb. 6: Technology Commercialization & Entrepereneurship at the UI workshop. Information on
Feb. 11: Angel Investing informational meeting. Information on Eventbrite.
Feb. 15-16: CodeDay Seattle, a 24-hour codeathon for high school and college students. Information on
Feb. 28-March 2: Startup Weekend Seattle. Information on Eventbrite.
March 19-20: Intro to Agile Beyond Software conference. Information on Eventbrite.
March 28: Hawkeye Innovation Summit. Information on

Find many more events on
Community mapping update no. 4

We have a few new curators working on our map – Eric Biden, David Oppenhimer and Aaron Boone, who I haven’t actually met yet – I hear he’s new to the region (welcome!). And, most of the updates this week were added by community members. I am really excited to see this grow and become a true resource, by the community, for the community.
As of Jan. 24, 2019

As of Jan. 24, 2019

New this week…

Four Oaks (Non-profits are part of the innovation world, too!)
Washington City Chamber of Commerce
Marion Economic Development Company
SecurityCoverage, Inc.
Startup Weekend Seattle
Vantage Visuals

If you want to help out, add your organization (or, your former organization, your favorite event venue, your mentor, your service providers…), or drop me a note so we can chat more. Thanks for reading!


Community mapping update no. 3
Six forms of community capital
Our innovation community map – what’s in and what’s out?
Community mapping update no. 2
Community mapping update no. 1

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