Google picks 7 partners for new ‘Tech Hub’ initiative, snubs Seattle, NYC, Boston

google-sign-kirkland22Maybe Seattle’s startup community doesn’t really need Google’s help, or perhaps the search giant believes it is doing enough to spark innovation in the Northwest with its growing campuses in Kirkland and Fremont.

Whatever the reason, Seattle was not on the initial list of Google’s new entrepreneurship initiative dubbed Google for Entrepreneurs. Instead, Google is partnering with organizations in Chicago, Durham; Minneapolis; Waterloo Canada); Denver; Detroit and Nashville.

“We believe these hubs have pioneered a new approach to launching a business, and it’s our mission to help support them,” Google wrote in a blog post.

What’s Seattle, chopped liver?

Interestingly, established tech hubs such as Boston and New York also weren’t included. (Google happens to have large operations in Seattle, Boston and NYC, so perhaps it’s not as interested in jumpstarting startups in markets where it will have to compete for tech talent).

We’ve reached out to Google to get a better understanding on how the locations were chosen, and we’ll update this post when we hear back. In addition to financial support and access to Google technology, the new Tech Hub effort will match entrepreneurs with mentors and help connect them with other partners.

“We’re excited to exchange ideas and connect hubs with each other and with Google to have an even bigger economic impact on local communities,” the company wrote. It was unclear how much cash Google is contributing in each market where it is establishing the new programs.

  • Matt Wass de Czege

    Really glad they picked Waterloo. There is a lot of talent in that town and with the layoffs at BlackBerry we could see flurry of startups being created.