Innovation Partnership Zone

The City of Redmond is proud to be the State’s Designated Interactive Media and Digital Arts Innovation Partnership Zone

 

The Interactive Media and Digital Arts Innovation Partnership Zone Mission

The mission of the IPZ is to foster a dynamic, entrepreneurial, and supportive interactive media and digital arts business cluster in Redmond specifically, and in the Puget Sound and Washington State more broadly, to enhance Washington’s job creation, economic competitiveness and overall vibrancy and diversity, and to foster innovation, research, workforce development, and company growth in the region. 

What is an Innovation Partnership Zone (IPZ)?

An IPZ is a formal designation granted by the State of Washington Department of Commerce and is an economic development strategy that promotes unique hubs of innovation, education, expertise, and work force training within close geographic proximity to further job creation and entrepreneurship. IPZ’s actively work with researchers and their private sector partners, provide internship opportunities for university students, incubate start-up companies, develop critical training programs, and pull technologies through technology transfer. All these efforts bring together industry and the community to develop new paths to innovation. 

The State of Washington has 14 uniquely designated IPZs, including specialties such as medical devices, clean marine transportation, alternative energies, semi-conductor and display, viticulture, water management and aerospace, to name a few. The IPZ's reflect the talent, assets, and entrepreneurism of each of their regions. 

As a center of excellence and innovation for the technology and digital arts industry, Redmond has been designated as the State’s Innovation Partnership Zone for Interactive Media and Digital Arts.

Strengths of the IPZ

Interactive media is the technology that is the foundation of future advancements in health sciences, education, military training, and homeland security.  It is more than the intellectual property of entertainment, as it has far reaching applications to a myriad of industries.  This industry exhibits key characteristics of an industrial cluster, such as driving innovation, and attracting talent and investment into the regional economy.  This concentration of economic activity provides a deep talent pool and opportunities to cross-pollinate ideas within the industry.

Innovation Partnership Zone Founding Partners

  • City of Redmond
  • enterpriseSeattle
  • University of Washington, Bothell
  • Redmond Economic Development Alliance
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology

How would your company benefit from locating in Redmond’s IPZ?

By locating within Redmond, your company would benefit from access to a high quality, uniquely trained workforce, many opportunities for partnership with key industry leaders with a similar focus, potential funding opportunities and chances to partner with Redmond educators that train your future employees and foster entrepreneurship. For more information on locating your business in Redmond, contact Economic Development at evandenbrande@redmond.gov or 425.556.2457.

The City of Redmond is proud to be the partner with many innovative businesses and educational institutions

EDUCATION

  • DIGIPEN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, BOTHELL
  • LAKE WASHINGTON INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
  • LAKE WASHINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

 EMPLOYERS

  • MICROSOFT CORPORATION
  • NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC
  • WILD TANGENT INC
  • AIRTIGHT GAMES INC
  • GAS POWERED GAMES CORP
  • DISNEY ONLINE
  • G.A.E.M.S. INC
  • HIPSOFT LLC
  • VALCON GAMES LLC
  • A THINKING APE INC
  • DIGITAL DOUBLE LLC
  • ZACHTRONICS INDUSTRIES
  • INNER FENCE HOLDINGS INC
  • ALMOST INTERACTIVE GAMES  
  • ALGITT STUDIOS LLC
  • NEXVIO INC
  • SWIFT CREEK GAMES LLC
  • PAIXAO PRODUCTIONS LTD
  • NOISY BIRD GAMES LLC
  • AMARANTH GAMES LLC
  • SPONTANEOUS QUIRK LLC
  • ROCKET BIRD LLC
  • THINKSPACE MOBILE INNOVATION HUB
  • 101 APPS
  • BLACKBALLGAMES INC
  • DIGIPEN CORPORATION
  • GOBLINWORKS INC
  • TOM KERRIGAN
  • LEAPING LLAMA LABS
  • LO AND BEHOLD GAMES LLC
  • MEMEVECTOR GAMES LLC
  • MOBICLIP
  • OSCAR NEBRES
  • NOBODINOS
  • PAIZO PUBLISHING LLC
  • SIRAS.COM INC
  • Z3D STUDIOS LLC