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Data & Insights

Data and insights about the local startup landscape.


Tacoma Tech & Business

  • Tech companies’ biggest resource in Tacoma is the University of Washington’s Institute of Technology.


  • Tacoma is a beautiful, affordable city with a vibrant arts and culture scene – that draws, young creative people working on the industries of tomorrow.


  • Tech-appropriate office space can be found throughout downtown Tacoma – the space is ample and well-priced – less than half the cost of space in Seattle or the Bay Area.


  • Tacoma is home to startups in the following verticals: cybersecurity, medical technology, clean water technology, and more.


Tacoma Business Community

  • Tacoma is home to Surge Tacoma, a startup and co-working space that provide members with networking and Meet Up opportunities that relate to business, entrepreneurship and tech careers.


  • New Tech Tacoma is a Meet Up group that gathers monthly to connect, grow and support the technology ecosystem across the Pacific Northwest.  New Tech Tacoma is part of New Tech Northwest, which has over 21,000 members.


  • Tacoma is home to VIBE, the Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship. VIBE provides an applied training environment that supports military veterans’ entrepreneurial aspirations and promotes their understanding of the modern startup life cycle.


  • Tacoma is home to RAIN, the Readiness Acceleration & Innovation Network.  The Readiness Acceleration & Innovation Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tacoma, WA. Working to unlock local innovation in the biotech/medical field, RAIN was founded as a collaboration between the University of Washington Tacoma, MultiCare Health System, and Madigan Army Medical Center. 


Tacoma Talent

  • The Institute of Technology at UW Tacoma offers degrees in the areas of computer science, computer engineering and information technology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity and Leadership.


  • The University of Puget Sound (UPS) was named one of the “Top 20 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges” by Forbes Magazine.


  • Tacoma offers access to thousands of military members transitioning out of JBLM; many of these veterans have relevant and transferable IT experience.