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Sound and UWT Launch Statewide Competition to Discover the Next Big Thing in FinTech

Sound Credit Union and UW Tacoma’s Milgard Center for Business Analytics Launch Statewide Competition to Discover the Next Big Thing in FinTech

Winner to receive $10,000 prize and membership to UW’s CoMotion Labs incubator

April 13, 2022

TACOMA, Wash. – Following the launch of the UW FinTech Pitch Competition, Sound Credit Union (Sound) and UW Tacoma’s (UWT) Milgard Center for Business Analytics have begun accepting applications for the second annual statewide FinTech Incubator Challenge. The Challenge is open to anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Washington — to apply, applicants submit an idea for a fintech (financial technology) product that will help people make better financial decisions and make everyday life more affordable. The winner of the Challenge will receive $10,000, a spot in the next UW CoMotion Labs incubator cohort, and access to experts and industry insights at Sound.

We’re always looking for innovative ways to serve our members and provide them with banking solutions that are smart, convenient and secure,” said Don Clark Jr., Sound’s President and CEO. “This collaboration with UWT is fantastic because it allows us to tap into a deep pool of homegrown talent and offer a uniquely valuable prize.”

In recent years, fintech has grown far beyond mobile banking apps as once-fringe trends like mobile payments and cryptocurrency exchanges have become mainstream. “The potential of fintech to help and empower everyday people is enormous,” said Michael Helser, Assistant Director of the Milgard Center for Business Analytics at UWT. “Washington is home to thriving tech hubs, and we are excited to find and nurture the next great fintech idea through the FinTech Incubator Challenge. It’s a win for everybody involved: Sound and their members, UW’s thriving startup incubation environment, and of course the winner, who will receive money, mentorship and tools to bring their business to life.”

Applicants can submit their application and pitch deck to the Sound Credit Union FinTech Incubator Challenge until May 17. A select group of finalists will be invited to present their ideas to a panel of entrepreneurs and industry experts on June 17, and the winner will be announced on June 21.

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.