Tacoma and the South Sounds’ first stop for entrepreneurship assistance and resources.

OUR FOCUS

What We Do

SHOWCASE

Showcase the best and brightest founders, idea makers, dreamers, and early stage companies born and bred (and transplanted) in the greater Tacoma and South Sound region.

CONNECT

Connect all players in the startup ecosystem: founders, established businesses, universities, investors, civic leaders, non-profits, students, retirees, teachers, makers.

EMPOWER

Instigate programs that foster a culture of innovation to empower dreamers and founders.

TRAIN

We take it upon ourselves to partner with our professional educators and organizations while bringing relevant, real-world training on technologies, languages, and business practices to the ecosystem.

FUND

Knowing that startups face a challenging road simply to make it to viability, we connect them with committed investors to provide relevant and practical capital.

LAUNCH

We launch startups onto the greater national and international stage to achieve full financial and organizational self-sufficiency.

OUR MISSION, VISION, AND YEAR 1 IMPACT

GET CONNECTED TO THE TACOMA AND SOUTH SOUND STARTUP COMMUNITY

All across the globe, startup ecosystems are exploding, with varying levels of success. Will Tacoma and the South Sound be next? Many of us believe the answer can be yes.

If Tacoma and the South Sound are to succeed in this, entrepreneurs in our region must be prepared to compete on a national and global stage. This starts with having opportunities to vet new and creative ideas with fellow entrepreneurs, receive meaningful feedback and find the right connections to take that idea forward.

OUR TEAM

LEE REEVES

Co-Founder and Executive Director
Formerly at Softlayer Catalyst (IBM Global Entrepreneur). Led Business Development for Seattle Startup Week (2017). Host of theupperleft podcast. Manager, Startup Ecosystem Business Development at Oracle.

ELI MORENO

Co-Founder
Entrepreneur, CEO of Premier Residential. Founder of SurgeTacoma, SurgeTacoma South, and Union Club. Active investor and serves on the Investment Selection Committee of Keiretsu Capital Fund II.

JUSTIN CAMARATA

Advisor and Board Member
University of Washington graduate. Fortune 500 and startup tech company experience.  Tacoma City Council, District 2. Channel 253 media production.

DR. ALI MODARRES

Advisor and Board Member
Director of Urban Studies at UW Tacoma. Editor of Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Arizona.

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