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Eastside companies showcase their products at Mobile World Congress


Startup 425 joins State of Washington in Barcelona

Each year, the Washington State Department of Commerce hosts a pavilion at Mobile World Congress for Washington-based companies to grow their businesses and export internationally. (PHOTO: Jesse Canedo)

Last week, the tech industry was abuzz as it convened in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest and most influential trade show for the mobile technology industry. All of the biggest industry players were there; Samsung, Huawei, and LG showcased their latest products. Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of Bellevue-based T-Mobile, sponsored a giant booth to showcase 5G technologies and its embrace of the Internet of Things.

Amidst it all, a number of Eastside firms were in attendance, supported in part by the City of Bellevue’s Economic Development team and Startup 425.

A number of transportation companies showcased their connected vehicles. (PHOTO: Jesse Canedo)

In partnership with the Trade Development Alliance, Startup 425 worked this year to prepare a delegation of three companies to attend MWC. They included:

  • Odd Atom, which works in 3D content and immersive technologies space.
  • Virtual reality startup Doghead Simulations, which develops enterprise VR and workplace collaboration solutions.
  • dTOOR, which builds non-traditional mobile handsets, including the Cyrcle Phone.

These three small companies received custom business development support and guidance as they honed their plans for the event. While in Barcelona, they put their plans into practice and joined nearly a dozen other Washington State companies — including Bellevue’s own Tupl — in the App Planet hall. Each year, Washington State Department of Commerce sponsors a pavilion to promote international trade, and our delegation was a part of that pavilion.

T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom had a massive space focused on 5G networking and the IoT. (PHOTOS: Jesse Canedo)

Overall, we considered the trip a great success! Over four days, the Startup 425 delegation conducted a number of business development meetings, promoted their products and services, and made connections to key decision-makers in global markets. A few highlights:

  • One firm met with a representative of one of the world’s largest telecom networks about opportunities in developing markets.
  • Another firm held meetings with a major investor.
  • Delegates also attended a brief meet-and-greet with King Felipe of Spain.

The Startup 425 team also had the opportunity to meet with a number of international technology companies interested in locating offices in the Seattle area. These firms are interested typically exploring our region for its strong pool of engineering talent, legacy of innovation, and easy international access. During the week, we met with over 30 companies interested in locating an office in our region.

Ryan Atkins of Odd Atom recorded this great video of Jesse Canedo, our Economic Development Manager, speaking briefly about what it means to locate a business on Seattle’s Eastside.


We would like to thank all of the participants in this year’s delegation to Mobile World Congress for their hard work and commitment. We appreciate the energy and passion you bring to your work!

In addition, we’d like to recognize all of our partners who made the 2018 Global Passport program possible — the Trade Development Alliance, the State of Washington, our business development consultants, and everyone who helped along the way. This program could not have happened without you!

Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Global Passport program later this year.

Eastside companies showcase their products at Mobile World Congress was originally published in City of Bellevue — Office of Economic Development on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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