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
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[…]
Startup253 serves the Tacoma and South Sound startup communities through events, resources, data, and insights. Through the Startup253 Company Profile, Startup253 supports entrepreneurs and startups in Tacoma and the South Sound by providing them with a platform to share their story. Startup253 Company Profile: GraphicSchedule Co-Founder & CEO, James Wonneberg Location: Tacoma, Washington Elevator pitch, GO! Read more about Startup253 Startup Profile: GraphicSchedule[…]
Tacoma, WA: Tacoma, WA based AIRLIFT, a software company that helps organizations make the shift towards better software and processes, released Lodgely on Tuesday, a super simple solution for booking and reservations. The Lodgely application provides a customizable interface for managing individual, group, and corporate clients. According to AIRLIFT, Lodgley helps organizations improve customer service, consolidates customer information, and reduce Read more about Tacoma WA, based AIRLIFT Software releases Lodgley application[…]
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[…]