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Filling The “Scale-Up” Gap - Why supporting growth companies is critical for businesses and communit

What happens as start-up companies grow up, and why should we care? In Seattle, as in most innovation economies, there is an intense focus on start-ups. Start-ups are critically important for the health of an innovation economy because they create great value in the form of new employment and economic growth. This has led to investments in entire start-up ecosystems within communities that include incubators, accelerators, angel networks, early stage venture capital firms, co-working spaces, pitch contests, showcase events, innovation districts, and more. Start-up ecosystems are a good thing - but not enough for the health of an innovation economy. In truth, start-up employment growth i

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