Rob Eickmann, who is one of the creators of the Six Hour Startup Conference here in Seattle, has created a great list of Seattle startup resources, which I'd like to pass along here.
Seattle Startup Resources, This is the list of organizations that I wish that I had known about when I came out here. It's broken into Frequent events, Infrequent events, Entrepreneur support/educational institutions, Funding sources, and Web Resources.
Startup Minded Events: where in Seattle where you are likely find technical people, hanging out having fun while working on changing the world.
Frequent Events (Every week or month):
Open Coffee at Louisa's Coffee on Tuesday mornings: Early stage entrepreneur and investor networking in Seattle. Occurs Every Tuesday Morning at 8:30Am 2379 Eastlake Ave E Seattle, Washington asack.typepad.com/a_sack_of_seattle/2007/04/seattle_open_co.html
Saturday House: Seattle Saturday House is a weekly gathering of several people who meet and do ... whatever they want! People work on projects, people talk about ideas, people conspire and hatch plans, and people play games with each other. Every Saturday at Giraffe Labs in Pinoeer Square www.saturdayhouse.org
Seattle Lunch 2.0: Learn about cool local Companies and technologies over your lunch hour - Various locations and times seattlelunch20.wetpaint.com/?t=anon
Seattle Startup Drinks: A simple concept: startup culture in cities around the world gathers around a bar to have a pint and discuss what they are working on, what they need help with and what they can do for each other. Occurs the Last Friday of every month at various locations. seattle.startupdrinks.com
Seattle Tech Startups (STS): A group of entrepreneurs in the Seattle area who give and seek advice on running technology startups. We meet about once or twice a month. This is targeted at founders of, employees of, or those folks interested in joining local technology companies. Be ready to talk shop, get into technical arcana, and discuss the nitty-gritties of running/working at/launching a tech startup. Occurs first or second week of the month at The Douglas Forum at the Executive Education Center, University of Washington www.seattletechstartups.com
Six Hour Startup: A group of hackers/designers/entrepreneurs meeting to try and build and lunch a startup in less than six hours. Second Weekend of every month at various locations. www.sixhourstartup.com
Venture Breakfasts (NWEN): A monthly breakfast with a featured speaker talking about startup related issues. www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=15&cat=Venture+Breakfast
Infrequent Events: (Every few months, it is best to find out about when these events occur from sites like MeetAtThePig meetatthepig.com or Seattle 2.0 http://seattle20.sampasite.com, or Gary's Guide http://seattle.garysguide.org)
Barcamp: An ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. barcamp.org/seattle
Ignite Seattle: Ignite Seattle is a geek event that combines on-site geekery, sharing, and innovation (and drinking) igniteseattle.com/
Mindcamp: Seattle Mind Camp is an unconference that is held annually in Seattle. mindcamp.gearlive.com/
NPost: nPost networking Event for tech startups, Demos and getting to meet members of the local startup community. www.npost.com
Think Tanks (NWEN): Evening Knowledge Exchanges that are recognized as the go to forums for new ideas. www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=15&cat=Think+Tanks
Workshops (NWEN): Graduate School level workshops on various topics such as VC Financing, Human Resource, Bootstrapping, IP Protection and more. www.nwen.org/index.php?option=com_events&Itemid=15&cat=Workshops
There are a lot of other events that occur here in Seattle which attract interesting, smart technical people : Bizjam, Startup Weekend, Dorkbot, Powertool drag strip races, Seattle Scrum, Seattle X-Coders, Seattle Ruby Brigade, Python Users group.... Its best to subscribe to a few of the calendars above to find out about those events.
Entrepreneur Support/Educational Institutions:
Biznik: Is a Seattle based social network for entrepreneurs, they have a wealth of events and information on starting up a company. biznik.com/
Score: Small Business Administration, hosts workshops, offers conseling and has a wealth of resources for startup entruperumers. www.seattlescore.org
Freelance Seattle: good for finding freelancers to help with design/code/branding/localization/etc... freelance-seattle.net/
MIT Enterprise Forum: Hosts several different types of events though out the year, Dinner Programs which can be a companies presentation of key issues the company is experiencing or has experienced or an experts panel with a featured topic of interest, Venture Lab workshops which is a lecture series on various topics and Global Broadcasts from Cambridge aimed at different topics. www.mitwa.org/
NorthWest Enrepreneur Network (NWEN): Has Venture breakfasts, workshops, pub nights, and hosts the Early Stage Investment Forum yearly. www.nwen.org
Alliance of Angels: www.allianceofangels.com/
Funding Universe: www.fundinguniverse.com
Ignition Partners: www.ignitionpartners.com/
Keiretsu Forum: www.k4seattle.com
Web Resources: John Cook's Venture Blog: Explores startups, Venture Capital and Life in the Pacific Northwest Technology Community blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/venture/
Meetatthepig: A calendar for geeks, makers and other world changers. meetatthepig.com
Seattle 2.0: Marcelo Calbucci's website with local startup events, and the Seattle Startup List of Seattle Internet startups, includes an extensive list of Seattle Startup Blogs. seattle20.sampasite.com
Seattle Tech Startups: A fairly high traffic email list of various founders and others involved creating new internet companies. seattletechstartups.com/doku.php