A publication focused on trend-setting corporate activity ranks cities that demonstrate robust innovation. Innovation Leader evaluated the amount of top-tier research organizations and investment in innovation, the presence of eco-systems, startup density, and networking events happening across industry sectors in North American cities.

The reasons that Seattle ranks in the top 5 is not just because of tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, but also for the industry leaders in retail like Starbucks and Nordstrom, and the cutting edge technology advances at University of Washington accelerator programs, Techstars Seattle, Alexa Accelerator, and the Startup Weekend events.

Whether it’s healthcare companies collaborating at the Cambia Grove, Boeing R&D leading manufacturing development, or software development labs and events that bring corporate execs, entrepreneurs and academic researchers together, new ideas are being developed, refined and brought successfully into the marketplace. Read more about the Innovation Leader ranking in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Washington State has long fostered a pioneer spirit and culture of creativity and collaboration that puts it on a par with other innovative hubs. It’s not surprising Seattle is ranked up there with larger metro areas such as Boston, San Francisco, New York and L.A.

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