Showcase the best and brightest founders, idea makers, dreamers, and early stage companies born and bred (and transplanted) in the greater Tacoma and South Sound region.
Connect all players in the startup ecosystem: founders, established businesses, universities, investors, civic leaders, non-profits, students, retirees, teachers, makers.
Instigate programs that foster a culture of innovation to empower dreamers and founders.
We take it upon ourselves to partner with our professional educators and organizations while bringing relevant, real-world training on technologies, languages, and business practices to the ecosystem.
Knowing that startups face a challenging road simply to make it to viability, we connect them with committed investors to provide relevant and practical capital.
We launch startups onto the greater national and international stage to achieve full financial and organizational self-sufficiency.
OUR MISSION, VISION, AND YEAR 1 IMPACT
All across the globe, startup ecosystems are exploding, with varying levels of success. Will Tacoma and the South Sound be next? Many of us believe the answer can be yes.
If Tacoma and the South Sound are to succeed in this, entrepreneurs in our region must be prepared to compete on a national and global stage. This starts with having opportunities to vet new and creative ideas with fellow entrepreneurs, receive meaningful feedback and find the right connections to take that idea forward.
DR. ALI MODARRES
Credit: Kelly Hoey, Forbes Contributing Writer Disruption doesn’t just come in the form of new technologies. Regulatory change, family responsibilities, business environment, proximity to customers and a myriad of other reasons (perhaps even Amazon’s decision on where to create a second head office?) may spark change for your business and necessitate a move. If you’re Read more about It’s Not The Lifestyle – What To Consider When You’re Considering Moving Your Business[…]
Founder Development is the process of helping early and first-time founders through an experiential process learned from serial founders, MBA Entrepreneurship programs and investors. Unlike academic programs, it’s about launching and scaling a company first, there are no grades or credits. This takes take to do the work and won’t’ likely fall into an academic Read more about Registration Open for 6 Month Startup Program in Tacoma and the South Sound[…]
South Sound businesses of all sizes can network, share insights, and learn how to stay ahead of the competition at next week’s South Sound Summit on Oct. 30 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center. The half-day conference will feature TED-like talks from innovative business leaders, breakout sessions led by several different industry professionals, stations where Read more about Startup253 driving tech discussions at the South Sound Summit[…]
Credit: Drew Perine & Debbie Cockrell, Tacoma News Tribune 20,000 square feet of office space and a co-working space for a tech center are included in the proposal.
Credit: Quenten Dol, Built in Seattle, 10/17/2018 Tacoma tends to fly under the radar. But with the highest concentration of art and history museums in Washington state, cultural diversity that exceeds Seattle and a lower cost of living to boot, the “City of Destiny” shouldn’t be forgotten. And, with the interminable I5 roadworks around the Read more about In the South Sound: 4 Tacoma tech companies you should know[…]
First things first. I don’t live in Tacoma or the South Sound. I reside in Edmonds, Washington. I just happen to be interested in Tacoma and the South Sound because of its ENORMOUS potential. Before we address potential, lets set the table. Tacoma and the South Sound will NEVER, be Seattle, it will never be Vancouver, BC, or Read more about An Open Letter to the Tacoma and South Sound Startup Community[…]
TACOMA – The official kickoff for 6 Month Startup Tacoma with founder, author and venture capitalist investor Dave Parker will be from 6:30-9:00pm October 17 located at the Union Club, 539 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402. This free event is for anyone interested in supporting a robust culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and startups in Tacoma Read more about Startup253 and Dave Parker bring 6 Month Startup to Tacoma and the South Sound[…]
Credit: Mark Scott, eVestment October 2, 2018, Atlanta – eVestment, a global leader in institutional investor data and analytics, has acquired RedQuarry. RedQuarry offers an easy-to-use, cloud-based investment research management solution that seamlessly retains notes, ranking assessments and documents while offering consistency in the way information is stored, retrieved and shared. RedQuarry was founded in 2014 by Chris Read more about eVestment Acquires RedQuarry, Tacoma-Based Institutional Investment Research Management Solution[…]
Tacoma’s third request for proposals to bring new life to Old City Hall yielded five bids by the end of July. On Tuesday, the city made a decision. Surge Tacoma, led by co-founder Eli Moreno, was selected to enter negotiations with the city to reimagine the 125-year-old building at 625 Commerce St. as a self-contained Read more about Tacoma Old City Hall bid accepted; Startup253 to serve as tenant in technology center.[…]