Current Events

Tacoma Coffee with Co-Founders @ Dancing Goats

Wednesday, August 3rd, 9:30am, - Dancing Goats, 2102 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402
Startup253 and the Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator is teaming up to bring Coffee with Co-Founders to Tacoma!
This meetup is focused on meeting other entrepreneurs and talking about the challenges we all face. Starting a business is challenging. There are so many pitfalls and road blocks. We've all gone through them. It's great to interact with people that have gone through them and know how to deal with it. This is a great way to relate and advise one another about how to grow Tacoma's startup scene. Be prepared to bring your business cards and network with a great locals who are doing remarkable things. No pressure. Just good coffee and good conversations.

Networking HH @ TractionSpace with Startup253 and WTIA

Tuesday, August 23rd, 3-5pm, - TractionSpace, 748 Market St, Tacoma, WA, $10 Entry
Join WTIA, TractionSpace, and Startup253 for a networking event for founders, investors, and other members of the startup community in Tacoma and the South Sound! All are welcome. Register here: LINK

Past Events

Startup253 Pitch Competition @ Union Club

Wednesday, July 27th, 5-7pm, - Union Club, 539 Broadway, Tacoma, WA, $10 Entry
Startup253 will be hosting a pitch competition at the Union Club! The pitching businesses will receive feedback from our panel of investors and experts. The $10 entry will include food and drinks. You can sign up to pitch here. This event will be free for our pitching companies, ages under 21, and for students. You can purchase your tickets here.

Networking Happy Hour and Open House with the Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator

Thursday, July 14th, 4-6pm, - Center for Urban Waters, 326 East D Street, Tacoma, WA
Come join the Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator for their happy hour, open house, and networking event at the Center for Urban Waters. They'll be hosting local entrepreneurs and will have an open house of their facility. If you missed the last event there, you're not going to want to miss this one. Please RSVP by emailing Karina Martija-Harris @

Cachet - A Fundraiser for Spaceworks and Tacoma’s Creative Economy

Friday, June 10, 6-9PM, 2022 - Courthouse Square, 1102 A Street
For 12 years, Spaceworks has been a pillar of support for artists and creative entrepreneurs in Tacoma. What began as a downtown window filled with art has turned into a suite of programs that empower creatives to grow as professionals. This summer, join the Spaceworks community and reaffirm that creativity is indeed a shared value that defines our city. CACHET is a vibrant dinner fundraiser, 21+. Cocktail attire (especially gold, black, and white) is always encouraged.

Startup253 Happy Hour with Tacoma Startups and Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, June 8, 5-7PM, 2022 - Center for Urban Waters, 326 East D Street
Come join us at the Center for Urban Waters to connect with Tacoma Startups and other entrepreneurs in our community. We will also have FREE food, beverages, networking, and all smiles. Startup253 is teaming up with Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator and Washington Technology and Industry Association (WTIA) to bring you this event.

Sound Credit Union FinTech Incubator Challenge

Sound Credit Union and UW Tacoma’s Milgard Center for Business Analytics are joining forces for the second annual UW FinTech Pitch Competition, giving UW students a chance to experience developing a pitch for a new fintech product, presenting ideas to investors, and discovering what it takes to be a tech entrepreneur. Through the competition, Sound Credit Union and budding fintech entrepreneurs will work together to develop tools that improve financial health and create better experiences for credit union members. Applications open March 28.