New Guide for Greater Seattle Technology Entrepreneurs - Report Highlights Ecosystem of Local Investors and Advisers

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Entrepreneurs have a new tool to help them grow their businesses –an expanded guide to the investor and advisor ecosystem in the Greater Seattle area. The 2016 Seattle Technology Ecosystem Study from iInnovate Network provides a roadmap to navigate success in our region’s innovation economy.

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I want to offer entrepreneurs introductions to the best professionals and investors in town.

Entrepreneurs have a new tool to help them grow their businesses –an expanded guide to the investor and advisor ecosystem in the Greater Seattle area. Some 90% of tech startups fail to survive. Identifying the right investors and professionals, and involving them at the right time is critical. The 2016 Seattle Technology Ecosystem Study provides a roadmap to navigate success in our region’s innovation economy, and expands on the original 2015 Study.

“I want to offer entrepreneurs introductions to the best professionals and investors in town. With the support of students from the University of Washington’s Foster School, we interviewed key Angel, Venture Capital, and strategic investors to determine who they recommend as top professionals for their portfolio companies. The result is this guide for Greater Seattle tech entrepreneurs,” says Randall “Joe” Ottinger, tech veteran and founder of iInnovate Leadership Network.

The study was developed by Ottinger at the iInnovate Leadership Network, in conjunction with the University of Washington’s CoMotion and Foster School. It is updated annually with the latest trends and outlook among investors and advisors. This year’s edition expands to include healthcare investment.

“This guide for technology entrepreneurs is an essential resource for anyone looking to start or grow their own business in our region,” says Vikram Jandhyala, Vice President for Innovation Strategy and Executive Director of CoMotion at the University of Washington. “It will allow us to track the growth of the Puget Sound region’s innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, as well as support the many UW students, faculty, and alumni innovative endeavors. We are pleased to work with Mr. Ottinger and his iInnovate Leadership Network, to bring this valuable tool to market each year.”

From the first Seattle Tech Ecosystem Study, Ottinger identified a need to not only support tech start-ups, but to help tech companies that have received funding and are scaling their businesses. This led to the founding of Ottinger’s iInnovate Leadership Network.

“I founded the ilnnovate Leadership Network to support the unique challenges that CEOs, Presidents, Founders, and other Chief Operating Officers of innovation and technology-enabled businesses face as they grow their companies. It will fill a gap in our local tech ecosystem that was identified in the study we conducted,” said Ottinger.

Ottinger envisions the mission of iInnovate, to help entrepreneurial business leaders succeed in growing great tech companies, and in so doing to improve communities and the lives of stakeholders where they live and work. Ottinger writes about the benefits of a healthy innovation economy in his newly released book, called iInnovate – A guide for engaging in the innovation economy.

About ilnnovate Leadership Network
iInnovate is a C-Level peer-to-peer network for business innovators and tech entrepreneurs. Its purpose it to help members grow successful businesses through a combination of professionally moderated forum groups, education, and a business support network that creates opportunities for members to learn from each other, professional coaches, and knowledge experts. Founder and CEO Randall “Joe” Ottinger is a technology entrepreneur, author, and thought leader in the areas of business leadership and innovation. Ottinger is the author of two books including iInnovate – A guide for engaging in the innovation economy, as well as Beyond Success – Building a personal, financial, and philanthropic legacy.

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