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startupweek44On the road again. I can’t wait to get on the road again. — Willie Nelson

GeekWire is getting ready to hit the road, telling startup and entrepreneurial stories from around the country.

We’ve partnered with Chase and Seattle-based UP Global — operators of Startup Weekend and the new Startup Week program — to dive into the entrepreneurial cultures of new geographies, finding out what makes each of these unique ecosystems tick.

During the first quarter of 2015, we’ll embed a reporter and cover the activities at four Startup Week events across the U.S.: Tampa (Feb. 2-6); Phoenix (Feb. 23-27); Dallas (March 2-6) and Columbus, Ohio (Spring 2015).

Zillow's Rich Barton interviewed by Dave Parker of UP Global at Seattle Startup Week.
Zillow’s Rich Barton, left, interviewed by Dave Parker of UP Global at Seattle Startup Week in October.

We’re big believers in the power of travel, learning from those in different places. We also think that there’s cool stuff happening outside of major tech hubs like Seattle, San Francisco and New York. This will be our chance to find and cover those stories.

We’re hopeful that the coverage we provide from each Startup Week city will help readers get a better sense of entrepreneurial ecosystems sprouting among us, gaining new perspectives along the way.

Startup Week was started last May, and since its debut more than 70 communities across the globe have signed up to participate. The idea is to celebrate entrepreneurship, showcasing locally-curated programming while at the same time providing new connection points for entrepreneurs.

“It’s like Startup Weekend’s early days all over again,” said Andrew Hyde, founder of Startup Weekend and Startup Week. “It is very exciting to see entrepreneurship reaching new levels and new audiences.”

We’re excited to provide coverage of each of these startup communities, finding interesting entrepreneurial stories lingering from the Midwest to the southwest. If you know entrepreneurial leaders in any of the communities, or have tips or ideas on possible stories in the four cities, please email them to me at:

Thanks to Chase, whose generous support is helping to fuel this unique partnership.

See you on the road in 2015!

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