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.
MISSION, VISION, AND 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
The 2019 South Sound Technology Conference is Friday, March 8, 2019. Eli Moreno, Developer, Entrepreneur, and Investor (Surge Tacoma, Union Club, Old City Hall, also Co-Founder of Startup253) will keynote the conference to talk about his plans for Old City Hall. If you’re interested in attending, please register here: https://bit.ly/2XDwlQj. Andrew Fry from UW Tacoma has Read more about Our Thoughts on the South Sound Technology Conference[…]
Partners from Flying Fish, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, were in Tacoma last night for a small roundtable with entrepreneurs, investors, and officials from the City of Tacoma. The event, hosted by Startup253, brought together public and private stakeholders to discuss startup ecosystem development and venture capital in Tacoma and the South Sound. Flying Fish Read more about Tech in Tacoma and the South Sound? Yes, According to Seattle VC Firm, Flying Fish[…]
Credit: Megan Rose Dickey, Tech.co, @meganrosedickey / 44 mins ago Relationships between landlords and their tenants don’t need to be fraught ones. With Y Combinator -backed Latchel, landlords and property managers can access a 24/7 maintenance service that takes requests from tenants and deploys the right professional to fix the things that need fixing. “At first we thought of Read more about Latchel, a startup with Tacoma roots, joins Y Combinator[…]
Credit: UW Tacoma, https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/news/article/tree-power UW Tacoma Professor Orlando Baiocchi and a team of researchers are using trees to power Internet-of-Things-enabled sensors. The word “technology” conjures images of futuristic devices with slick designs that operate at lighting speeds. To some, tech is rapid change fueled by machines whose power increases with every successive generation. Trees on Read more about Tree Power[…]
Credit: Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce In each episode, Marilyn Strickland, President and CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, takes you behind the scenes with the people and companies who are shaping our evolving region. You’ll get to know these leaders on a more personal level, learn more about their companies, and hear Read more about Under Construction: A Podcast with Marilyn Strickland[…]
Credit: Kyle Weggers, VentureBeat Health care is expensive. In 2017, costs totaled $3.5 trillion in the U.S. alone, equal to 17.9 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Driving the bulk of the receipts were chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes — almost half of all Americans have at least one. And the sickest Read more about KenSci raises $22 million for AI that cuts health care costs[…]
Credit: Alan Boyle, Geekwire Team Zeva’s entry in the Boeing-backed $2 million GoFly Prize looks like a flying saucer that’s built for one — but there’s method behind the science-fiction madness. “That’s typically the comment that it draws: ‘It looks like a flying saucer,’ ” the leader of the Tacoma, Wash.-based team, Stephen Tibbitts, told GeekWire. “What Read more about ZEVA Aero, vying for $2M GoFly Prize … with a flying saucer![…]
Startup253 empowers entrepreneurs and startups through mentorship, programming, community building, and innovation. We support entrepreneurs and startups in Tacoma and the South Sound by providing them with a platform to share their story. Startup253 Company Profile: Trader Rater CEO, Jordan Miller Location: Tacoma, Washington Elevator pitch, GO! Explain what Trader Rader does: Trader Rater is a Read more about Startup253 Startup Profile: Trader Rater[…]
With 2018 in the rearview mirror, Startup253 kicked off its first partnership of 2019 last night with Dave Parker, Founder of 6 Month Startup, a program that helps startup Founders avoid failure and navigate their way through common problems and mistakes. Prior to launching 6 Month Startup, Dave Parker was Senior VP of Global programs for UP Read more about 6 Month Startup launch; 21 Founders join Tacoma cohort[…]
By: MARGUERITE GIGUERE/ DECEMBER 13, 2018 Saul Farber is one of the founders of PeopleGIS, a tech company with offices in Boston and Tacoma. He comes on the podcast to discuss a common question people have, “Why aren’t there more tech jobs in Tacoma?” He shares his perspective an employer and as a lover of Tacoma Read more about Tech Jobs in Tacoma with Saul Farber of PeopleGIS Inc[…]