Introducing the Next Wave of Urban Impact Entrepreneurs

By Clara Brenner and Julie Lein

Julie Lein and Clara Brenner are the Co-Founders of Tumml, an urban ventures accelerator with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to solve urban problems.  A nonprofit, Tumml's goal is to identify and support the next generation of Zipcars and Revolution Foods. Through a customized, four month program, Tumml invites early stage companies into its office space to receive hands-on support, seed funding, and services to help grow their businesses and make significant impact on their communities.

Jan 27, 2014 | Announcements | 0 comments

How can we find more skilled trades workers to hire locally?  Or create a technology to fund the homeless and other neighbors in need?  Entrepreneurs have found innovative ways to tackle some of the toughest challenges plaguing cities.  In the former case, WorkHands designed a blue collar LinkedIn service to connect workers in the trades with employment opportunities.  In the latter, HandUp created a mobile and online donation tool to support the homeless.  Both startups represent Tumml entrepreneurs – high growth urban innovators that are creating scalable solutions for city problems.

When Tumml launched a search for its Winter 2014 cohort, we were impressed by the outpouring of applications.  From Austin to Accra, we found entrepreneurs working to solve some of the most pressing issues in their communities.  They are developing solutions for water storage, transportation, city planning, and so much more.

For our upcoming cohort, we received 130 applications, with two-thirds of the applicant pool coming from outside of the Bay Area. The high quantity and regional diversity of our applicant pool reveals that there is a real movement of entrepreneurs working on consumer-facing products and services that solve city problems – from all across the world.

Without further ado, we are pleased to announce the five new members of Tumml’s Winter 2014 Cohort, which starts today:

FarmeryThe Farmery is an urban vertical farming and retailing system designed to produce and sell local food in the city.
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FeedingForwardFeeding Forward is a mobile platform that connects those with excess food to those in need.
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Neighbor.lyNeighbor.ly is a toolkit to help people, brands, and foundations to invest in the places and projects they care about.
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savyswapSavySwap is a secure experience to get what you want simply by trading.
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soviSovi is a pinboard for local and community events.
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These companies will spend the next four months working in Tumml’s office space in downtown San Francisco, receiving mentorship from a group of accomplished urbanites (like the Director of Public Policy at Airbnb), as well as $20,000 in seed funding.  We are thrilled to welcome these five companies to the Tumml family and look forward to seeing them grow with us!

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