Arlington Economic Development Announces Startup Arlington Competition

  • Jan 5, 2017
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  • Winner receives investment as well as complimentary office and living space
  • Open to technology companies outside DMV
  • Showcases Arlington’s competitive advantages for technology startups

 

ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington, Virginia, located just steps from the nation’s capital and quickly becoming established as a major tech startup hub on the East Coast, is starting off the new year with an incredible opportunity for technology startups. Startup Arlington is a competition that will give one tech startup the opportunity to discover the opportunities and resources available in Arlington with three months of free living space, office space, transportation amenities and $25,000 of investment.

This year Startup Arlington has partnered with private equity firm Kiddar Capital to provide $25,000 in investment capital for a truly remarkable startup to grow its business in Arlington’s Crystal City neighborhood. What’s more, the Startup Arlington winner will also receive three months of lodging at WhyHotel/The Bartlett, one of the newest luxury pop-up hotel and apartment buildings in Arlington with more than 40,000 square feet of amenities and services provided by Vornado Realty Trust.  The winning startup will also receive incubator space at the Crystal City offices of 1776 with access to expert mentorship and a powerful network to help the company grow. The winner will also be able to take advantage of transportation passes via Arlington Transportation Partners, a variety of neighborhood amenities from the Crystal City BID, and the resources, infrastructure and people of a community where remarkable things are happening –  Arlington, VA.

“Startup Arlington is an excellent way to not only reach entrepreneurs who may not otherwise have considered Arlington, but also to expand the outreach of our tech community,” said Victor Hoskins, director of Arlington Economic Development. “This is an incredible opportunity for a startup to experience firsthand the various assets available to entrepreneurs here.”

Startup Arlington is open to founders/CEOs of technology startups outside the greater D.C. area. Interested entrepreneurs should demonstrate how their business could specifically benefit from being a part of Arlington’s growing tech community. Applications are being accepted online through January 31. Three finalists will then be asked to submit video presentations for consideration, which will be open for public voting in February. The winner will begin his/her time in Arlington in April.

Arlington Economic Development

Arlington Economic Development (AED), part of Arlington County Government, is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of an economically competitive and sustainable community, and the creation of exciting, diverse and amenity-rich places. AED provides visionary leadership and superior services to Arlington’s business and arts community, its tourism industry and its real estate development. For more information, visit arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com/startup.

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Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. Slightly smaller than 26 square miles, it is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, and one of only a handful with the prized Aaa/AAA/AAA bond rating. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods and quality schools, and has received numerous awards for Smart Growth and transit-oriented development. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world – including the Pentagon – Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business.