Seattle Networking Groups for Entrepreneurs, Investors and VC’s (Venture Capitalists)


 




Seattle Entrepreneur, Investor & VC Groups

The groups and organizations below have been screened by us and found to offer worthwhile opportunities for professional and social networking, career advancement, learning, volunteering and corporate sponsorship.












EO – Seattle Chapter


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


EO is a global membership based group known for nurturing strong business and personal bonds between its entrepreneurs.

 
 







GeekWire


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


GeekWire is an online news service covering technology businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Membership provides special networking perks and excellent relationship building potential.

 
 

 







Alliance of Angels


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


AoA is a regionally-focused group of individual investors and representatives of investment corporations. Members view business plans submitted by new technology companies, which may then be asked to present at an AoA monthly membership meeting.

 
 







Business Impact NW


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


We remove barriers and expand opportunities for entrepreneurs in the PNW to start up and grow their own businesses. We provide free classes, coaching, as well as accessible loans, to support them.

 
 







Cambia Grove


Networking events take place in Seattle


Cambia Grove is a health care work space for innovators, community organizers and entrepreneurs leading the way for new solutions related to health care. Space available for networking events.

 
 







CEOtoCEO Breakfast Forum Series


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


CEOtoCEO organizes a monthly breakfast for local heads of companies with at least $1M in sales. Membership is available in a program like EO, a support network of CEOs from non-competing businesses.

 
 







Cigars & Startups


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle and Eastside


Cigars & Startups is a monthly event with the goal of facilitating great conversations within the tech community while enjoying a great cigar.

 
 







CoMotion Labs


Networking events take place in Seattle


This UW initiative includes office space for local innovators and startup companies who benefit from support and services intended to spur innovation and business success.

 
 







ExecuNet — Seattle Chapter


Networking events take place in and around Seattle


ExecuNet is a career and leadership development networking group for senior executives and business owners.

 
 







Executive Women International (EWI) – Western WA


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


EWI Seattle brings together key executives from diverse sectors and businesses to learn and support each other in the pursuit of professional and personal development in both career and community.

 
 







Grow50


Networking events take place in Seattle and Bellevue


Grow50, a consortium of local professional service providers, organizes regular, low-cost seminars and networking events for business owners, managers and entrepreneurs in Greater Seattle.

 
 







House of Genius – Seattle


Networking events take place in Seattle


HOG assembles interesting, diverse groups of people once a month to focus their collective creativity and experience to explore, discuss and solve important problems of entrepreneurship.

 
 







IGDA (International Game Developers Association) – Seattle Chapter


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


IGDA is where game developers in Seattle meet for professional networking.

 
 







Ignite NW


Networking events take place in Seattle and throughout Washington


Ignite NW is a coalition of government and private organizations with a stake in economic development of Washington. INW helps entrepreneurs access capital and provides accelerator services.

 
 







Ignite Seattle


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


Imagine a festive hall full of inventors, techies and entrepreneurs all drinking beer, networking and competing to build the best popsicle stick bridge – that’s Ignite Seattle and it happens monthly.

 
 







Keiretsu Forum Seattle/Northwest Chapter


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


KF members are accredited investors who collaborate on mentoring, promoting and funding companies. KF does not make investments as a fund, but rather connects members with investment opportunities.

 
 







Meetup Groups and Events


Networking events take place in Seattle and across Washington State


There are over 1,000 Meetup groups around Seattle, each based on a specific common interest. Meetup events (called Meetups) may attract anywhere from a few to several hundred people.

 
 







MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest


Networking events take place in Bellevue and Seattle


MIT Forum events focus on topical business and technology issues.

 
 







ProDev Seattle


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


ProDev (Professional + Development… get it?) is an educational event series, created by Young Professionals of Seattle, featuring conversations with business leaders and mentors.

 
 







Puget Sound Venture Club


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


This group of experienced investors with a minimum $1 million net worth meet monthly over lunch to hear pitches by up to three local startup companies seeking capital to finance their vision.

 
 







REAPS – Real Estate Association of Puget Sound


Networking events take place throughout Greater Seattle area


REAPS provides networking for real estate investors, those who want to be investors and anyone who provides valuable goods or services to members.

 
 







Seattle Android Developers


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SAD is a happy and active group of Android developers who meet regularly to exchange ideas, build new relationships and hear interesting speakers.

 
 







Seattle Angel Conference


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SAC sparks the flame of angel investing in the Northwest by connecting entrepreneurs with local angel investors. Winners of the 5 month process receive a $100K investment in their business.

 
 







Seattle SCORE


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SCORE, comprised of experienced (often retired) business people, entrepreneurs and professionals, provides workshops, seminars and consulting to local small business owners and entrepeneurs.

 
 







Seattle University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SUIEC works to nourish the entrepreneurial spirit and connects SU students with the business community, providing networking opportunities for students and businesses leaders alike.

 
 







Small Business Administration (SBA) – Seattle District Office


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SBA is a government backed program that guarantees loans for qualified small businesses. SBA organizes regular events in the Seattle area for small business owners.

 
 







Startup Grind Seattle


Networking events take place in Seattle


Startup Grind, backed by Google, organizes monthly events for the local startup community to network with and learn from accomplished entrepreneurs in our community.

 
 







Startup Weekend


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


Startup Weekend is a Seattle-based nonprofit that organizes weekend long events around the world, including Seattle, for founders of startup companies.

 
 







SURF Incubator


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


SURF Incubator provides early-stage technology entrepreneurs and companies with flexible, turnkey office space, which includes frequent opportunities for networking and collaboration.

 
 







Tech Stars Seattle


Networking events take place in Seattle and Eastside


Tech Stars Seattle is the local chapter of a global startup accelerator, which provides seed money and support in exchange for equity stake in the companies of their entrepreneurs.

 
 







TechAlliance


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


TA members are leaders in business, technology, politics, education and law. They share a commitment to promoting innovation and education in Washington State as a means for growth.

 
 







The Founder Institute


Networking events take place in Seattle and the Eastside


FI is a Silicon Valley based global network of startups and mentors (biggest in world) that helps entrepreneurs launch meaningful and enduring technology companies with an active program in Seattle.

 
 







TiE – Seattle


Networking events take place primarily in Bellevue


The South Asian tech and entrepreneur community is tight in Seattle. TiE-Seattle provides a support network to nurture more great start-ups and management successes from this remarkable group.

 
 







UW Arthur W. Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


The AWB Center for Entrepreneurship is part of the the UW Foster School of Business and organizes various events throughout the year open to the public and local business leaders.

 
 







Vistage International


Networking events take place in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region


Vistage bills itself as a peer advisory group for CEOs of companies with at least $1M annual sales, much in the same light as EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization).

 
 







Washington DECA


Networking events take place throughout Puget Sound Region and Washington State


WA DECA creates partnerships between business and education by giving high school students to gain real world marketing experience. Members and supporters enjoy regular networking opportunities.

 
 







Washington Technology Industry Association


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


WTIA is Washington state’s technology asssociation with over 1,000 member companies whose managers participate in WTIA’s many networking events, dinners and Special Interest Groups.

 
 







WINGS – The Washington Medical Technology Angel Network


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


WINGS is a membership group for angel investors seeking to connect with local, medical tech entrepreneurs in need of early-stage funding.

 
 







Women Business Owners


Networking events take place primarily in Seattle


WBO’s mission is to help local women-owned businesses succeed. WBO’s monthly meetings give you the opportunity to make one-to-one connections that lead to referrals, solutions, fresh ideas and friendships.

 
 







Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)


Networking events take place in Seattle and chapters throughout the Pacific Northwest


WPO is a membership group for women CEOs and Presidents of companies with at least $2M in annual revenues ($1M for service companies).

 
 







Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)


Networking events take place in Seattle and throughout Puget Sound region


YPO is a membership group for presidents (under age of 50) of companies with $1M+ to help them succeed by providing a venue and forum where they can learn from each other and support each other.

 
 







Z5 Catalyst


Networking events take place in Bellevue


Z5 Catalyst is a local group of accredited investors, mostly Indian (South Asia), who nurture selected entrepreneurs with early seed investment and guidance. Sponsors and investors welcome.

 
 
 

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