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36 Degrees North Tech Incubator at City Hall Celebrates Six Months

This article was archived on 4/3/2022

Today, 36 Degrees North (36°N), in partnership with the City of Tulsa, celebrates six months since the launch of its incubator, which serves high-growth, tech-enabled startups.  

The state-certified 36°N Incubator is currently 80% occupied and has served more than 40 companies in its state-certified incubator program since its launch in September 2021. The incubator is housed on the fifth floor of City Hall and has been fully redesigned to allow for flexible, tech-enabled office space. 

“It is amazing to see tech entrepreneurs succeed in our city thanks to this special public-private partnership," Mayor G.T. Bynum said. "The 36°N Incubator at City Hall is giving great minds the opportunity to realize innovative ideas, create job opportunities for the local economy, and continue Tulsa's ongoing growth through the tech-enabled startup scene." 

During their time in the program, these tech-enabled startups have access to office space, in-house programming, venture capital partners, one-on-one mentorship, and high-tech conference rooms, as well as tax benefits for up to 10 years pending participation in the program.   

One of the valuable perks offered to participants of the 36°N Incubator is the ability to office side by side with capital partners eager to invest in Tulsa’s tech talent. Since the incubator’s launch, 36°N has seen multiple millions of dollars invested into Tulsa's startups by capital partners housed in the incubator. 

“We’re thrilled to bring this caliber of wrap-around programming and essential resources to Tulsa’s startup ecosystem,” Devon Laney, CEO of 36 Degrees North, said. “The synergy and success we’ve already seen from founders proves that our incubator model works and will propel Tulsa towards becoming a national leader in tech startup ecosystems.” 

One of the startups that has seen rapid growth and a successful business model is Fansub, which is a platform that provides creators, artists and entertainers a way to interact with fans by ticketing and streaming their live events and other campaigns. 

Some of the events that Fansub has helped stream on its platform include SXSW Festival events for Tulsa FMAC & Devland, Creatives After Dark Festival and Harlem Cultural Festival at The Apollo Theater.  

“Being part of the 36 Degrees North Incubator has been greatly beneficial to Fansub as we mapped out our operational processes and developed relationships within the Tulsa community,” said Cameron Williams, co-founder of Fansub. “From the office space itself to the people involved in each startup, we’ve been able to convert the knowledge gained from the ACT Tulsa Accelerator to actions thanks to 36 Degrees North,”  

In addition to the incubator space, 36°N has two coworking locations in the Tulsa Arts District that offers its more than 1,200 members a combined 20,000 square feet of coworking space along with programming, resource connections, and networking opportunities to help grow their businesses.