StARTUP253

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

We provide opportunities for founders, idea makers, dreamers, and early stage companies in Tacoma and the South Sound a platform to talk about their vision and advance their brands.

train

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

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

fund

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.

empower

We relentlessly pursue a culture of innovation that seeks to empower founders and dreamers through mentorship programs, networking events, and access to the Startup253 community.

launch

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

MISSION & VISION

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.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

300 commited ecosystem members• 150 entrepreneur assists• 200 entrepreneurs trained

our partners