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Biotechnology investor Accelerator Corp. lands $51 million, expands in New York City

Accelerator Corp, the Seattle biotechnology investment fund started in Seattle 11 years ago, has raised $51.1 million in capital as part of a first closing of its fourth fund. Accelerator also announced plans to expand operations in New York City with new offices at the Alexandria Center for Life Science in Manhattan’s East Side Medical Corridor…. Read More


Meet the 7 new startups at the Portland Incubator Experiment

It’s been four years since the Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE) started as just that — an experiment. But since 2009, the workplace-turned-accelerator has come a long way, and today it welcomed the third PIE class to its downtown Portland office. More than 440 startups applied this year to be a part of PIE, a partnership… Read More


Meet the 7 new startups at Reactor, an interactive media accelerator

It’s been nearly two years since Washington Interactive Network landed a $1.2 million grant for what’s now called the Reactor, also known as an “Interactive Media Industry Accelerator.” The incubator just graduated its first class in May, and now, a fresh new group of startups is ready to take it their ideas to another level inside the Reactor offices near the… Read More


The 3 best pitches from the TechStars Windows Azure accelerator

Three months of hard work, coaching, mentoring and a whole lot of cloud applications culminated Friday afternoon at the Westin Seattle hotel for the Microsoft’s Windows Azure Accelerator Demo Day. One by one, ten entrepreneurs pitched their ideas, hoping to convince angel investors and venture capitalists in the crowd to open up their wallets. The Windows Azure accelerator program… Read More


Shopping, sword-fighting and silliness: Meet the first-ever WIN Reactor graduates

From a retro-futuristic driving game to a healthy shopping and eating app, more than six months of stealth startup work going on at the Washington Interactive Network (WIN) accelerator was shown off at a demo day on Thursday afternoon. It’s been nearly two years since WIN was awarded a $1.2 million grant for what’s now called the WIN Reactor, also known… Read More

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Startup pitch contest: Tell us your awesome startup idea and the experts will weigh in

We’re back for another installment of the Startup Pitch sessions in which entrepreneurs reveal their business ideas (in two sentences or less), and the experts weigh in with advice and feedback. At stake for the winning entrepreneur is a full scholarship to the upcoming 15-week Founder Institute technology accelerator, with the Seattle classes beginning April 9th…. Read More


After spurning acquisition offer, Seattle’s Freak’n Genius raises $525,000 angel round

Kyle Kesterson’s new animation startup, Freak’n Genius, has raised $525,000 in fresh funding from more than a dozen angel investors that include Zapd founder Kelly Smith; Jumala founder Virl Hill; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Chris Hurley; Ty Alevizos and others. Kesterson tells GeekWire that the company hit its original $450,000 funding goal within two weeks of… Read More


Theraclone Sciences raises $10M

Theraclone Sciences, a Seattle biotechnology company that’s developing a method to rapidly identify disease-fighting antivbodies, has attracted $10.6 million. Investors in the deal include ARCH Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, MPM Capital, Healthcare Ventures, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Amgen Ventures and Zenyaku Kogyo “The anticipated near-term initiation of Theraclone’s first clinical trial and our discovery collaboration with Pfizer earlier… Read More