Washington has a host of incubators that give young tech companies office space and mentoring to get their great idea off the ground. Now there’s a new incubator for startup manufacturing entrepreneurs. Industry Space Seattle provides industrial work spaces where tenants share expensive equipment, overhead crane and compressed air systems, a forklift, an industrial paint booth, conference rooms and office space. All this for a fraction of the cost of typical industrial facilities while the startups are developing their markets. This allows the ‘garage entrepreneur’ an opportunity to grow their capacities so they can streamline and increase production. And, Impact Washington is a nonprofit that provides consulting services and business mentoring to fledgling manufacturers. Read more in Seattle Business Magazine.
Washington State has a long history of pioneering inventions. According to the U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks, Washington entrepreneurs produce 5,233 patents per 1,000 residents. From the kidney dialysis machine to the Slinky Dog, check out our interactive timeline of Innovations and Inventions brought to market by Washington entrepreneurs since the 1880s. Whether it’s software development or manufacturing, Washington State is a great place to start a business and find the help you need. CNBC just ranked Washington The Top State for Business 2017, in part because of our highly trained STEM workforce and exceptional research institutions. Read more in this blog post.