Impactathon® @ Tacoma Center for Urban Waters | Maritime Blue + Startup253

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Impactathon® @ Tacoma Center for Urban Waters | Maritime Blue + Startup253

Win up to $1K in cash prizes + experience what it's like to be an entrepreneur + solve local issues through social entrepreneurship.

By Innov8social

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, April 22 · 9am - 5:30pm PDT


Center for Urban Waters 326 East D Street Tacoma, WA 98421

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About this event

  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

What: Impactathon® @ Tacoma Center for Urban Waters hosted by Maritime Blue and Startup253

Who: Calling aspiring entrepreneurs and problemsolvers from Tacoma and beyond! Impactathon will guide you to launch project & business ideas that create positive social impact.

No experience, team, or ideas necessary. Coaches will lead you through the process.

When: Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 9AM - 5:30 PM

Lunch + snacks will be provided!

Teambuilding, workshops, and talks | 9AM - 1PM

Teams work on ideas | 1PM - 4PM

Pitches | 4-4:45 PM

Winners announced | 5:15 PM

Where: Tacoma Center for Urban Waters | 326 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421

Impactathon® will take place at the Center for Urban Waters, a beautiful, sustainable, state-of-the-art office space overlooking the Thea Foss Waterway, near downtown Tacoma.


Have you ever wanted to be an entrepreneur + solve local issues? Join this hands-on day of social entrepreneurship!

Come with your enthusiasm to learn, solve problems, and work in teams. No experience required!

What to expect at Impactathon® :

  • Learn about social enterprise & tools to build your own
  • Map social problems
  • Brainstorm impact-driven solutions
  • Design project/business plans
  • Pitch to potential investors, advisors, and mentors
  • Get a certificate of completion for your resume and LinkedIn
  • Top teams win cash, in-kind prizes!

Learn About:

  • Social Enterprise: using business models to create social impact
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Design Thinking
  • Lean Methodology for Startups
  • Hackathons: sprints of groupwork, brainstorming, and innovation around a particular idea, problem, or solution.


Teams must have at least 2 members.

Prizes: Cash prizes totaling $1K + In-Kind Prizes!

To receive prizes, all participants must participate in the entire event. Prizes will be distributed evenly among team members.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact by April 15, 2023.

Open to All

This event is open to all participants and is not based upon participant race, religion, ethnicity, socio-economic background, sexuality, gender.

Financial Aid

Please email in case in need of financial support to participate.

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About Maritime Blue

Washington Maritime Blue is a strategic alliance to accelerate maritime innovation and best practices that promote a sustainable future. The Tacoma Maritime Innovation Incubator is an initiative of Maritime Blue, focused on supporting companies that contribute to innovation and economic growth in the South Sound community.

About Startup253

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

About Impactathon by Innov8social

Impactathons® are interactive social impact experiences incorporating engaging expert talks, workshop, and hackathon to empower participants to be problem solvers and adopt a social entrepreneurship mindset. They have taken place in partnership with universities, organizations, and foundations in cities including San Francisco, New York City, Aliso Viejo, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Berkeley Baton Rouge, and virtually.

Innov8social creates content and experiences to make social entrepreneurship more actionable, transformative, and accessible.

Impactathon® is a registered trademark of Innov8social.

About the organizer

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Innov8social creates experiences, content, training, and tools to make social entrepreneurship and impact leadership more accessible and actionable. This includes The Impact Podcast and book, 51 Questions on Social Entrepreneurship, and Impactathon® event series. Our mission is to help individuals and organizations reach their impact potential. Innov8social has partnered to co-convene 16 Impactathons including an all-virtual event and in cities including San Francisco, New York City, Aliso Viejo, Palo Alto, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge. More at

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