Business networking company Startup253, the City of Tacoma, and Seattle-based Pioneer Square Labs recently convened a startup ecosystem roundtable at the University of Washington Tacoma to discuss the startup community and the increase in tech startups headquartered in Tacoma.

Attending the Aug. 7 event included founders from Accumula, HealthFlow, Give InKind, Humming, and Namatad, along with representatives from UW Tacoma and University of Puget Sound.

The roundtable followed a trip earlier this year 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 tech startups are broad-ranging from cybersecurity to gaming, health services, business to business services, and public sector management platforms,” said Pat Beard 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.”

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