Primarily known for its influential scene of bureaucrats and politicians, Washington DC is now transforming into a hub for entrepreneurs and startups with government ties. If you’re teetering on the thought of launching a business in the DC area, we’re here to provide you with exclusive insights, laying out the benefits and drawbacks of starting up in Washington, DC.
Recently we spoke with Dede Haskins, the Director of the Washington DC Founder Institute. With more than 20 years of experience working with some of the most powerful and fastest growing companies on the West Coast, she has helped launch over 100 budding startups in DC’s Metro Area. In this installment of Washington DC Behind the Scenes, Dede provides four unique reasons why you should Startup in DC:
1. You can create a company that serves one of DC's largest markets. The government.
2. You can create a business that sells to government contractors who sell to the government.
3. Washington, DC has one of the most educated workforces in the United States.
4. Washington, DC is home to some of the most talented engineers.
According to Haskins,
I think that sometimes people trivialize DC because it’s a government town, but you can build a lot of good businesses selling to the government…we have critical mass and capabilities here.”
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