Location, location, location

February 3rd, 2010 by tomeast Leave a reply »

Today I read over an interesting post about what might contribute to an entrepreneurial ecosystem. I’ve thought a lot about this issue and what impact your physical location has on the potential of your startup. Silicon Valley is considered the mecca for tech related startups but there are clear signs of new tech hubs springing up. Cities like Austin, Boulder, and Boston are clearly gaining momentum as entrepreneur destinations.

Venture capital funds, innovative universities, and small business grants are all cited as success factors that help promote innovation among a community. Here in the Phoenix area, we have Arizona State University who among other things collaborates on the Skysong Center. In addition, there are several opportunities that can be used to start your startup. Well known entrepreneur advocate Francine Hardaway has been publicizing several FastTrac opportunties that “help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses in Arizona”. If that kind of a thing is too formal, don’t miss the excellent events put on by exceptional local co-working/incubator/cool place Gangplank.

If you’re not lucky enough to be located in the Phoenix area, there are probably similar resources that you should be actively searching for. Don’t miss out on something/someone that may be at  you’re back door just waiting to lend a hand.

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