Google is adopting a number of tech hubs across North America, and the locations may surprise you.
As part of the company's two-year-old Google for Entrepreneurs effort to empower startups and their founders worldwide, Google announced a new Tech Hub Network on Wednesday in an effort to connect entrepreneurs across the continent. A tech hub is a physical space where entrepreneurs gather to build their companies, explained John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs.
The new network will include seven initial partners, none of which operate in traditional tech hotspots like San Francisco, New York or Austin, Texas. Instead, the founding members of Google's new Tech Hub Network include 1871 (Chicago, Ill.), American Underground (Durham, N.C.), Coco (Minneapolis, Minn.), Communitech (Waterloo, Ontario), Galvanize (Denver, Colo.), Grand Circus (Detroit, Mich.) and Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Nashville, Tenn.).
"We think entrepreneurship has really changed in the last four or five years," Lyman said. " People are coming together now more collectively as they start companies. People are coming together now more collectively as they start companies. Instead of going off in a garage and starting a company with a few people, you go to a co-working space or a tech hub or an accelerator where you're with a larger community. We really want to help support that."
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