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by Jim Copacino

Seattle: A Perfect Climate For Innovation

I recently came across some eye-popping statistics about Seattle:

  • The region is #2 in tech workers, second only to San Francisco.
  • Seattle has the third lowest unemployment rate of any major US metro area at 4.8%
  • Fast Company named Seattle the “Smartest City In North America.”
  • Forbes named Seattle the nation’s second “Coolest City.”
  • Apartment rents have soared 11% in the past two years; rents in downtown Bellevue now surpass San Francisco.
  • Seattle is a “Top Ten Relocation Market” according to the Urban Land Institute, with strong job growth drawing new residents from every corner of the country.

The city that was once best known as the Mildew Capital Of The World has become the darling of the business/technology press. But in reality, Seattle has always fostered creative and entrepreneurial thinking.

This is readily apparent as you stroll through MOHAI, the city’s stunning Museum of History and Industry on the shores of Lake Union. Exhibit after exhibit affirms the region’s long history of entrepreneurial energy and creativity—from the early opportunists who outfitted prospectors for the Alaska Gold Rush to today’s digital visionaries who are changing the world through software code.


Copacino+Fujikado has captured this innovative spirit with an engaging promotion for our client, MOHAI, called “The Seattle Ten.” Introduced last year, C+F and MOHAI partnered with technology news source, GeekWire, to select the top 10 startups in Seattle’s fertile entrepreneurial environment. Watch the video below and see how we used giant cocktail napkins and the promise of patent-funding to draw attention to these startups—showcasing them at the new Jeff Bezos Center for Innovation at MOHAI.

The search for the 2014 Seattle 10 officially begins today and will enlist the help of several leaders in Seattle’s innovation community. Check out the details and be part of the celebration! The chosen startups will be recognized at the GeekWire gala at MOHAI on December 3rd.