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24 Tech Startups Selected for the WTIA Founder Cohort Program

We’re excited to announce the 24 Washington tech startups we’ve selected for our new Founder Cohort Program. The program — part of the WTIA Startup Club — aligns with our effort to support entrepreneurs in Washington’s booming tech industry.

The Founder Cohort Program will help these 24 venture-scale startups develop over the course of one year. Each startup is headquartered in Washington, has at least one product in development, has an annual revenue of less than $1 million, and passed a rigorous application process. Led by a committee of seasoned tech founders and entrepreneurs — including Dave Parker of Seven Peaks Ventures, Lisa Nelson of M12, and Nick Hughes of Founders Live — the program will create personal roadmaps for each company to guide them through the crucial stages of revenue navigation, investment security, and team development.

“Launching a tech business requires investment of capital and expertise far beyond the means of any one founder,” said Michael Schutzler. “We are using our network to deliver the more elusive or expensive resources such as leadership mentoring, accounting, HR, and fundraising expertise. Best of all, this cohort will become their own team of resources and partnerships that last for many years to come.”

Congratulations to this first cohort of founders selected for the program, including: Junhua Chang (Lightning Network LLC), Cassandra Gholston (PartnerTap), Greg Adams (Stabilitas), Jake Poznanski (Pozotron, Inc.), Robin Elenga (RevelHMI), Robert Mao (ArcBlock, Inc.), MH Lines (Automaton), Reetu Gupta (Cirkled in), Ben Vaught (DemandStar), Kwame Boler (Neu, Inc.), Megan Knab (VeriLedger Systems, Inc.), Christina Cyr (dTOOR Inc. SPC), Brian Deller (Fiero), Barret Newberry (Leasera), Alexa Anthony (Magic AI Corp), Joshua Gebhardt (Metricstory), Arty Makagon (Photonic Sentry), Symon Perriman (FanWide), Omar Mehilba (Magalix), Anne Retterer (Mindspand Inc.), Evan Hiner (Prolaera), Kathie Flood (Cascade Game Foundry SPC), Boaz Ashkenazy (Simply Augmented), and Sampurna Basu (Parlay Sports).

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  • Nick Ellingson

    Nick Ellingson started his career in software sales on the Eastside before joining the WTIA team. Now he finds new members for the WTIA community, listening to feedback about events and resources, and finding fun and creative ways to get more people involved with WTIA. In his personal time, he can be found playing video games, playing basketball, reading, writing, or spending time with friends. If the Chicago Bulls are playing, he's watching.

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