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Tomorrow’s Silicon Valley? A Look At America’s 7 Hottest Startup Cities (Infographic)

From Seattle to Philadelphia, these are the top 7 American cities to see the most innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem improvement over the last year.

Tomorrow’s Silicon Valley? A Look At America’s 7 Hottest Startup Cities (Infographic)

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Eco Tech Startups are Blazing a Greener Path in Portland’s ‘Silicon Forest’

Green tech startups are not only growing innovative environmental solutions in Portland, Ore., they’re also driving the Pacific Northwestern city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem forward. Increasingly referred to as “Silicon Forest,” the Beaver State’s largest city is home to several vibrant startup niches, including education and health tech. But none has seen as much growth over the past decade as the clean tech sector, according to the 2017 Innovation That Matters report. The city ranked 10th on the freshly released extensive analysis, which examined the health of technology-driven startup ecosystems in 25 American cities. The report was conducted by 1776, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C__TEC) and FreeEnterprise.com. Dozens of established and nascent environmental technology-focused enterprises have cropped up in and around the City of Roses in recent years. Stephen Green, an economist, entrepreneur and board member of the state’s Oregon Growth Board, says […]

Eco Tech Startups are Blazing a Greener Path in Portland’s ‘Silicon Forest’

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Innovation That Matters: These Are America’s 10 Hottest Tech Startup Cities

Of tech hubs examined in the 2017 Innovation That Matters Report, 10 rose to the top as the hottest American cities to launch a tech startup from right now.

Innovation That Matters: These Are America’s 10 Hottest Tech Startup Cities

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Board Meetings: Meet the Gnarly Startup Surfers of Los Angeles’s Silicon Beach

Teeming with more than 11,820 new companies, Los Angeles is fast becoming one of the hottest locales in the U.S. to launch from.

Board Meetings: Meet the Gnarly Startup Surfers of Los Angeles’s Silicon Beach

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These Entrepreneurs Are Delivering Jobs and Innovation In New Orleans’ Silicon Bayou

New Orleans' collaborative entrepreneurial climate and laid-back, artsy lifestyle are drawing tech startup founders to the Big Easy from across the miles.

These Entrepreneurs Are Delivering Jobs and Innovation In New Orleans’ Silicon Bayou

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20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

By most accounts, Silicon Valley remains the country’s premier destination for tech startups, but it’s hardly the only region where technology entrepreneurs can thrive. From Portland’s Silicon Forest to Miami’s Silicon Beach, cities and towns across America are carving out their own niches and beckoning talented innovators. While each has its own identity, and while few would claim to be “the next Silicon Valley,” there is at least one area where they tend to pay homage to California’s tech utopia: their nicknames. Related: THE NEW FACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA [INFOGRAPHIC] Here’s a look at some of the top tech hubs sprouting up around the country and the creative monikers they have adopted in the process.

20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

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How Salt Lake City Became Utah’s Silicon Valley

While Salt Lake City has always had its fair share of successful homegrown entrepreneurs, ever-improving infrastructure and growing financial opportunities are luring out-of-state businesses and workers to the area like never before. Last year, the city’s population grew by 1.05 percent, one of the largest increases in the country, according to Forbes. Val Hale, executive director of Utah’s Office of Economic Development attributes the influx of newcomers to the city’s rapid economic growth. The Salt Lake City metro area added more than 19,000 jobs in 2015. “People are coming in from out of state and putting down roots,” Hale explained. “Those people open offices, network and then call their friends and say, ‘Hey, you should see what it’s like in Utah,’ which brings in even more people and businesses.” The growing city is already home to several big-name companies. Adobe Systems acquired local web analytics business Omniture in 2009 and, […]

How Salt Lake City Became Utah’s Silicon Valley

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DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

Philadelphia is known for a lot of things: American history. The cheesesteak. Passionate sports fans. Rocky Balboa. This week, you can add the Democratic National Convention to the list. But it’s also quietly become a hot place for startups, with a flurry of new entrepreneurs, helped along by a strong sense of connectivity with major corporations and the city government. We learned this at that final stop on our tour of the rising startup economies, as part of the Innovation That Matters project with 1776. The visit to Philly came after stops in the “New South” with Raleigh and Atlanta, the West Coast with Los Angeles and Seattle, the Mountain West with Denver and Salt Lake City, and the Great Plains with Kansas City. Philadelphia, like other cities on our tour, has succeeded in making its economy more dynamic, more diverse, and more conducive to creating the jobs of the […]

DNC Convention Kicks Off in one of America’s Surging Startup Cities

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Innovation That Matters: Inside America’s surging startup cities

America is on the cusp of a technological revolution that will impact every sector of the economy and every corner of the country. In the same way some cities rose and others faltered during the industrial era and the first technological revolution, this next wave of innovation and disruption has the potential to redraw America’s economic map as new cities emerge as leaders in the digital world. Question is, which of our nation’s urban areas are positioning themselves to thrive in this new era, and which ones are on the verge of being left behind? Not surprisingly, longstanding tech hubs like Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area remain the leaders when it comes to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship, and as of today, they’re the most well positioned to lead in the digital economy. However, they have mounting competition from some unlikely up-and-comers, according to the Innovation that Matters 2016 […]

Innovation That Matters: Inside America’s surging startup cities

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Why some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are flocking to Kansas City

Bright-eyed, highly skilled entrepreneurs have long migrated from America’s heartland to the tech utopias in Silicon Valley and other parts of the West Coast. But lately, that migration sometimes flows in the opposite direction—and one Midwestern city is capitalizing on that reversal. “Kansas City attracts people from Seattle, San Francisco, and all over who want to live in a connected city,” said Sarah Fustine, the director of co-working and strategic partnerships at Think Big Partners, which provides mentorship, partnerships and co-working spaces to Kansas City entrepreneurs. “I get applications from people across the country that have worked for big-name [companies] and want to move here to work.” The trend is showing up in census data. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of 18- to 25-year-olds in Kansas City rose 13 percent, while the percentage of 25- to 29-year-olds surged 8 percent, according to a U.S. Census report. The increase came […]

Why some Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are flocking to Kansas City

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Why Dallas Might Be America’s Next Silicon Valley

Every month, Free Enterprise shines a spotlight on a different Silicon City and highlights one of the many booming metropolitan areas that are becoming America’s newest entrepreneurial hubs. These cities are home to successful entrepreneurs because they offer support, funding, talent and opportunities. In June, we took a closer look at the city of Dallas, and why it’s become a new haven for small business and entrepreneurialism. Here’s what we found is helping Dallas rise to the top: Strong talent pool and thriving startup community While other Lonestar cities like Austin have long been known as small business hotbeds, the talented pool of workers in Dallas is helping turn this city into another startup capital. Local small businesses benefit from the many Fortune 500 companies based in the Dallas area, which not only boost innovation but also hire talented workers from across the country, creating a diverse pool of highly […]

Why Dallas Might Be America’s Next Silicon Valley

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Does Your City Have What it Takes to Become the Next Silicon Valley?

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s annual America’s Small Business Summit starts next week in Washington. Check back each day this week for summit previews and speaker interviews, and follow along next week via the ASBS homepage and the Twitter hashtag #IAmSmallBiz for updates and live-stream events. Silicon Valley, some have pointed out, was once little more than orchards and farmland, while Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have each had their eras at the forefront of American innovation. In other words, the national landscape of economic prosperity and technological prowess is ever changing. Today, on the cusp of another technological revolution, many have speculated over which American cities will emerge as the country’s premier innovation hubs in this new digital age. One recent study serves up some important clues. The 2016 Innovation That Matters report—released last month by 1776, Free Enterprise and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation—examined 25 major American […]

Does Your City Have What it Takes to Become the Next Silicon Valley?

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