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Pioneer Square Labs, Startup253 and the City of Tacoma Meet to Discuss Startup Ecosystem in Tacoma



Startup253, the City of Tacoma, and Seattle based Pioneer Square Labs convened a startup ecosystem roundtable at the University of Washington Tacoma on August 7th. Founders from Accumula, HealthFlow, Give InKind, Humming, and Namatad were on hand, along with representatives from UW Tacoma and University of Puget Sound, to discuss the startup ecosystem and the increase in tech startups headquartered in Tacoma.  

The roundtable followed an earlier 2019 trip to Tacoma by Flying Fish Ventures, also convened by Startup253. Rob Meyerson, former President of Blue Origin, led the meeting, citing regional traffic congestion, a high quality of life and a robust talent pipeline as reasons tech startups are expanding to the South Sound. Tacoma is a great place to start a company. Our founders all enjoy the great value in Tacoma, the deep pool of talent, and the walkable neighborhoods and waterfront. We are sharing our story with the investment community in Seattle, letting them know that Tacoma is a vibrant part of the Pacific Northwest tech community,” said Meyerson. 

Pioneer Square Labs was formed in 2015 to create, launch, and fund technology companies headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. Operating under the startup studio model, PSL’s team of former founders and venture capitalists collaborate to test and build startup ideas, then recruit a founding team from their network of entrepreneurs to launch the business. The team uses an innovative “validation engine” – a method of rapidly ideating, testing and, and often, “killing” ideas. PSL launched their venture capital arm, PSL Ventures, alongside the studio in2018 to invest in early-stage companies all over the Pacific Northwest. “It was great to spend time in the Tacoma ecosystem,” Gilbert said. “The Pacific Northwest is home to some of the world’s most successful technology companies, and it’s clear that Tacoma has some great technology talent.” 

“Tacoma tech startups are broad-ranging from cybersecurity to gaming, health services, business to business services and public sector management platforms,” said PatBeard of the City’s Community and Economic Development Department.  “There have been some impressive results, such as acquisition of IID by Infoblox, eVestment’s acquisition of RedQuarry and Accela’s recently announced partnership with CloudPWR.  All of the companies chose to remain in Tacoma.  Now we’re also seeing Tacoma founders who set up shop in Seattle returning their companies to Tacoma.”

About Startup253: Startup253 empowers entrepreneurs and startups through mentorship, programming, community building, and innovation. Interested in learning more about growing your tech business in Tacoma? Contact: Lee Reeves, Startup253 Co-Founder & Fund Manager, info@startup253.com.



Female Founders Alliance selects tacoma based give inkind for ready, set raise program


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Female Founders Alliance is back with its second accelerator cohort as the Seattle-based organization looks to help another round of female-led startups grow their businesses and land funding. Eight companies from across the country working in various industries made the cut this year, beating out nearly 400 other applicants for the “Ready Set Raise” program. To participate in the program, each company needs a female or non-binary CEO. The early-stage startups will spend four weeks remote, and two weeks in Seattle, where they will pitch at an Investor Showcase and Demo Night Oct. 16-17. FFA provides childcare — one child per company — for the two weeks in Seattle.The early-stage startups will spend four weeks remote, and two weeks in Seattle, where they will pitch at an Investor Showcase and Demo Night Oct. 16-17. FFA provides childcare — one child per company — for the two weeks in Seattle.

Tacoma based startup, Give InKind, was just one of eight startups selected from over 400 applications. Give InKind changes the way people give, receive and coordinate support through major life events. From the birth of a new baby to the loss of a loved one, and everything in between, friends, families and communities are looking for easy ways to come together to support one another - in ways that go beyond sending money or flowers. Give InKind makes it possible to give that support quickly, easily and from anywhere.

About Startup253: Startup253 empowers entrepreneurs and startups through mentorship, programming, community building, and innovation. Interested in learning more about growing your tech business in Tacoma? Contact: Lee Reeves, Startup253 Co-Founder & Fund Manager, info@startup253.com.