Events




Current Events

Startup253 Ideation Workshop!

Saturday, February 11th 9-3pm, - TractionSpace Collaboration Center, 710 Pacific
Do you have a business idea you want validated? Or are you interested in starting a business but don’t have a concept quite yet? Participate in our February ideation workshop, led by business coach, strategy consultant and founder of PropertyScout.io Caleb Page. We will supply all workshop materials. You only need to bring your ideas and questions. Space is limited. You can register here.

Coffee with Co-Founders @ ALMA

Thursday, February 23rd, 9-10:30am, - ALMA Cafe, 1322 Fawcett Ave
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. You can register here.


Past Events

SBIF Kickoff Event!

Wednesday, January 25th, 4-6pm, - TractionSpace Collaboration Center, 710 Pacific
This upcoming Wednesday is our SBIF Kickoff Event. Come out to TractionSpace to learn what your community is doing with this award! 
Award recipients also include the following organizations from the Tacoma/Pierce County Area:
Economic Development Board of Tacoma/ Pierce County, The Black Collective of Tacoma/Pierce County, Jazzy’s Cafe, Startup253, Tacoma Arts Live, and TractionSpace. You can register here.

South Sound Technology Conference!

Friday, January 27th, 9am-6pm, - UWT William Phillips Hall
This conference brings together professionals, industry experts, faculty and students to discuss current issues in technology. Panelists and speakers will cover South Sound entrepreneurial support systems from incubators, accelerators and co-working services, as well as funding sources from banking to venture capital.  Catch up on what Pierce County, the city of Tacoma and the South Puget Sound programs exist to support your ideas and initiatives. Startup253 will be hosting the official afterparty with food, drinks, and pitches! You can register here.


Tacoma Startup Mixer!

Wednesday, January 11th, 4-6pm, - TractionSpace, 748 Market St, Tacoma, WA
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. You can register here.

Startup253's Ugly Sweater Toy Drive!

December 14th, 6-8pm, La Cà Bar, Tacoma, WA
We will be at La Cà Bar for our Ugly Sweater Toy Drive. Come out to join us for some networking and great food. We cannot wait to see all of those ugly sweaters, and there will be a prize for the ugliest sweater!
This event is free but a toy donation is encouraged that will go towards the Toy Rescue Mission. The Toy Rescue Mission's programs are designed to assist low-income parents with providing gifts for their children during the holidays. Register here.


New Tech Tacoma and Startup253!

Tuesday, September 20, 5-7pm, La Cà Bar, 606 Junett, Tacoma, WA 98405
New Tech Northwest is the Pacific Northwest's largest Tech Community.
This month Startup253 is teaming up with New Tech Northwest! The New Tech Tacoma team has been an excellent hub for tech leaders in the South Sound. They have hosted numerous events in the past and this is their first one since the pandemic! We will be upstairs at La Cà Bar. You can register here.


Coffee with Co-Founders @ Campfire Coffee

Tuesday, September 6, 9-10am, - Campfire Coffee, 1554 Market 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 @ TractionSpace with Startup253 and WTIA

Tuesday, August 23rd, 3-5pm, - TractionSpace, 748 Market St, Tacoma, WA
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.


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.


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.

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.