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Sound and UWT Announce 2nd Annual FinTech Incubator Challenge

Sound Credit Union and UW Tacoma’s Milgard School Launch UW-Wide Competition to Identify the Next Great FinTech Disruptor

UW Students encouraged to share their FinTech ideas in Competition for $1000 dollar prize

March 23, 2022

TACOMA, Wash. – Today Sound Credit Union and UW Tacoma’s (UWT) Milgard Center for Business Analytics announced the second annual UW FinTech Pitch Competition. The competition offers all UW students a chance to develop a pitch for a new fintech (Financial Technology) product, present their idea to potential investors, and receive feedback on the idea. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and a chance to present their idea to the statewide Sound Credit Union FinTech Incubator Challenge. UW Students Collaborating

Innovation in the fintech space and educating the next generation of financial leaders are two crucial goals for Sound Credit Union,” said Don Clark Jr., Sound Credit Union President and CEO. “This collaboration with UWT is one way we can support the growth of UW students while identifying the next generation financial technology entrepreneurs. We cannot wait to see the ideas that these students come up with.”

Fintech describes a series of technology innovations that could enhance or replace traditional financial services delivery. Usually these innovations offer increased accessibility, security and are not tied to physical banking locations. Together Sound Credit Union and these budding fintech entrepreneurs will work to develop the kinds of tools that could improve financial health and create better member experiences.

Consistently UW students are bringing their ideas, energy and passion to their class work,” said Michael Helser, Assistant Director of the Milgard Center for Business Analytics at UW Tacoma. “The Sound Credit Union UW FinTech Pitch Competition is another chance for these students to come with their best ideas and innovations. Ultimately, our students are going to shape the future of financial technology. Our mission is to give them the feedback and tools to make their ideas into a business reality.

University of Washington students can submit their financial technology concepts to the UW FinTech Pitch Competition between March 28 and April 18. A select group of finalists will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts on April 28. Each finalist will receive feedback and mentorship from the judges designed to help them refine their fintech concept for entry into the statewide Sound Credit Union FinTech Incubator Challenge.

About Sound Credit Union

Sound Credit Union was founded in 1940 and today is one of Washington State’s largest credit unions. With 27 full-service branch locations throughout the Puget Sound area, Sound provides their over 150,000 members with authentic and trusted financial support and services. Sound is driven by the purpose of standing with members, employees and the community through all waves of life.

About University of Washington Tacoma

The University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) is an urban-serving university providing access to students in a way that transforms families and communities. The university impacts and informs economic development through community-engaged students and faculty. UWT conducts research that is of direct use to our community and region. And, most importantly, UWT seeks to be connected to our community’s needs and aspirations.