The Dyn team hopes to woo others to the mill buildings of the old Amoskeag Manufacturing company, which totals nearly 6 million square feet and is the current home to Dyn’s corporate office. “If you think about ecosystems, one company follows a company and another follows that company,” Chynoweth said.
via Dyn helps recruit startups to ‘Silicon Millyard’ – Mass High Tech Business News.
At the Party at Arms that took place about two weeks ago, Manchester, NH put a stake in the ground that it wants to be known as startup friendly by coining the phrase “Silicon Millyard’ to represent its burgeoning startup community. At the event, which was attended by well over 300 people, each of the speakers echoed the same theme: don’t overlook New Hampshire as an innovative state. The quote above, from Dyn COO Gray Chynoweth, rings true in that even though Manchester, and much of New Hampshire for that matter, is known for its manufacturing background, all it takes is one tech startup company to start a wave of new tech companies to do the same. The great part about the movement is there are so many people that want to see this happen, the crew at Dyn included.
I recall quite vividly meeting Jamie Coughlin the head of the abi Hub in Manchester just over a year ago and getting the same jive I felt going to our offices in Cambridge, MA. Jamie is an energetic, innovative mind that will no doubt also lead the charge on changing outsiders’ perspective of NH being startup friendly.
With companies, such as Dyn and the abi Hub, leading the way, New Hampshire, and more specifically Manchester, will establish the area as one that encourages innovation and supports entrepreneurs. The community is behind the concept so much so that it plans to launch a New Hampshire startup fund that will award $100,000 cash annually to worthy entrepreneurs. The plan is to divvy up the proceeds at a $50,000, $30,000, and $20,000 set of levels, with the top winner getting the top prize. You could tell in Jamie’s voice when he alluded to the fund announcement at the Party at Arms that something big was coming and the fund is no doubt a vital piece to the puzzle.
All of this shows that there is a firm commitment from service providers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs to prove that there is no need to go to Boston to get their “startup fix”, which can clearly be found here in the Granite State.
While I have met a few of the folks from Dyn, I look forward to getting to know more of them, and similarly minded people that support this initiative.
Here’s to continued growth of the New Hampshire startup community!!
What do you think about the startup movement in NH? Will it survive and flourish as everyone hopes?
Until our next conversation.