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Our Urban Innovators


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Our Urban Innovators


Tumml supports entrepreneurs developing high-growth, high-impact products and services that solve pressing urban challenges. Below are examples of current and past cohort companies:

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A career development platform that re-imagines the hiring process while working to build a more inclusive workforce.

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A commuter shuttle service that builds better transit routes by learning commuter habits and preferences.

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A community-powered transportation network based on the principles of casual carpooling.

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An integrated urban market and farm that incorporates indoor agricultural systems to grow and sell food in the same place.

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A mobile donation platform
for the homeless and other neighbors in need.


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An on-demand, multi-pickup ridesharing solution matching cars with multiple riders. (Acquired by Lyft)

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An easy way to apply to multiple preschools online and manage the preschool admission process.


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An online platform that helps makers find spaces for their activities, like workshops and commercial kitchens.

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A toolkit to help people invest 
in the places and projects they care about.


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A big data solution to parking that enables navigation devices and apps to guide drivers on the best routes to find available spots.

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An online platform that connects local vendors and makers with unique opportunities to "pop up" their brands.

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Provides busy parents with all of the portioned ingredients and instructions to make healthy and fun lunches for their little ones.

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A platform that simplifies politics so you can easily hold your representatives accountable.


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A social pinboard for local and community events.



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A food company that employs and empowers low-income youth to produce locally-sourced, boxed lunches.

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A suite of tools that transforms water utility data into financial and conservation solutions for the community.

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A blue collar, online identity service that makes it easier to find work in the trades.
 

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Some Testimonials


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Some Testimonials


“The most valuable part was being able to have access to government leaders, which my own community and network wasn’t allowing me to do.”

The most valuable part was being able to have access to government leaders, which my own community and network wasn’t allowing me to do.
— Tejal Shah, KidAdmit Co-Founder
“When I first met Julie, and her co-founder Clara, HandUp was just an idea. Their support has been instrumental in getting us off the ground. They are home for a new kind of startup, urban ventures with social missions.”

When I first met Julie, and her co-founder Clara, HandUp was just an idea. Their support has been instrumental in getting us off the ground. They are home for a new kind of startup, urban ventures with social missions.
— Rose Broome, HandUp Co-Founder
“Tumml was uniquely suited to our needs. They connected us to government agencies, apprenticeship programs, and unions in a way that your typical tech accelerator couldn’t.”

Tumml was uniquely suited to our needs. They connected us to government agencies, apprenticeship programs, and unions in a way that your typical tech accelerator couldn’t.
— Patrick Cushing, Workhands Co-Founder
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Curriculum


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Curriculum


Designed to help entrepreneurs meet the regulatory and legislative challenges of operating in cities, Tumml entrepreneurs work closely with our Mentors through one-on-one office hours and group lectures. Tumml's Mentorship Board is comprised of a national network of civic and government leaders, successful urban innovators, and investors.

Our program covers three broad themes: business models, product development, and fundraising. Every week, we bring in leading experts in government, tech, regulation, investing, and social impact. Past speakers have included: Chris Lambert (CTO of Lyft), Marco Zappacosta (CEO of Thumbtack), Angela Kingyens (Version One Ventures), Kim-Mai Cutler (TechCrunch), Matt Brezina (Founder at Xobni), Lisa Gansky (Mesh/ angel investor), Laurel Arvanitidis (SF Gov), Kirsten Tobey (Co-Founder of Revolution Foods), Molly Turner (Director of Public Policy at Airbnb), Jason Calacanis (angel investor), Gavin Newsom (California's Lieutenant Governor), among others.

The curriculum also includes office hours with leading service providers (including pro bono legal office hours, web/ hosting, banking, UI/ UX, etc) and investor panels from leading names in for-good and for-profit funding (Omidyar Network, SV Angel, Better Ventures, etc).