Startup253 is Tacoma’s home for the startup community.  We bring together entrepreneurial leaders, venture capital, corporate, and local government to advance our goal of helping the South Sound region become the best home for innovation and creative new companies.

what we do


Showcase the best and brightest founders, idea makers, dreamers, and early stage companies born and bred (and transplanted) in Tacoma and the South Sound.


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.


Connect all players in the startup ecosystem: founders, established businesses, universities, investors, civic leaders, non-profits, students, retirees, teachers, makers.


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.


Instigate programs that foster a culture of innovation to empower dreamers and founders.


We launch startups onto the greater national and international stage to achieve full financial and organizational self-sufficiency.

mission, vision, and impact

STARTUP253 empowers entrepreneurs and startups through mentorship, programming, community building, and innovation.

economic impact

300 committed ecosystem members • 150 entrepreneur assists • 200 entrepreneurs trained • $200k fund for tacoma and south sound startups