Global Innovation Exchange (GIX)

With GIX opening next month in Bellevue, the Spring District is ready to become the next major urban hub on the Eastside.

The Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) is a partnership between the University of Washington and Tsinghua University in Beijing "that will create a graduate school focused on technology and innovation." Backed by a $40 million investment from Microsoft, the campus at the new Spring District in Bellevue will eventually grow to 3,000 students over the next 10 years.

The students admitted to GIX's new programs are being chosen according to the highest standards and interview processes. 425 Business quoted GIX's co-director Vikram Jandhyala saying, "We are looking at, individually, how entrepreneurial are these students? It's very different from just looking at recommendation letters, essays, and GPAs."

According to 425 Business, joining the highly-anticipated GIX and its students at the Spring District will be REI's new headquarters, new office towers, apartment buildings, retail shops, a brew pub, and parks. The addition of the light rail by 2023 will help more than 2,000 new residents and 13,000 employees fill the Spring District.

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