The Brookings Institute study considered a range of factors from talented workforce and elite research universities to GDP growth, internet speed and number of globally engaged companies. Seattle ranks with the top 19 “knowledge capitals” in the U.S. and Europe. These regions are at the cutting edge of innovation and are highly productive centers. The study included 123 of the largest metro economies in the world. Read more in The Seattle Times.
The Reuters study looked at the top 100 most innovative universities. University of Washington, with campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, placed fifth in the world. The ranking demonstrates the ability to turn discoveries into real-world commercial solutions. The UW repeatedly ranks in the top tier showing the consistency of innovation year after year. One center of innovation is University of Washington’s CoMotion startup incubator which has helped 126 startups become viable businesses over the past decade, with 21 spin-off companies just in 2016. Read more in Geekwire.
From its pioneering history, Washington State has consistently been at the forefront of innovation. With a talented and well-educated workforce, a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurial spirit, new ideas are quickly brought to market. Washington companies are setting industry standards in technology, aerospace and space exploration, advanced manufacturing and life sciences.
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