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Tire Swing Start. Connect. Grow. TireSwing is Boise’s jump off point for the entrepreneurial community. A physical and virtual meeting place convening nomadic independent workers, entrepreneurs, funders, educators, and business. The Need: Jobs.

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tire swing start connect grow

Tire SwingStart. Connect. Grow

TireSwing is Boise’s jump off point for the entrepreneurial community. A physical and virtual meeting place convening nomadic independent workers, entrepreneurs, funders, educators, and business.

the need jobs
The Need: Jobs
  • Boise must develop, retain, and attract high paying jobs.
  • Various groups, working independently, spend time and treasure on this goal
  • The effort is sub-optimized. We lack:
    • A branded, marketable area focused on the creative economy
    • One entity that aggregates diffused efforts
    • A coordinated entrepreneurial ecosystem that delivers physical spaces for a company life cycle:
      • individuals, seed stage, pre-profit startups, growth stage, mature
what is tireswing
What is TireSwing
  • Aggregation
    • The Groups, people and efforts of Boise.
    • Electronically. Making a definitive online tools for the community.
  • Connecting Education to the Business Community
    • BSU, College Of Idaho, U of I, Etc..
  • Networking
  • Community & Ecosystem
    • Shared Workspace.
    • Collaboration
how we got here
How We Got Here
  • Started in 4th Quarter of 2009.
    • Prominent Business Leaders Addressing Urban Vitality and Job Creation.
    • Recommendation Delivered to Mayor 2nd Quarter 2010
  • TireSwing 2.0 Efforts Formed 4th Quarter 2010.
    • Fund Raising Efforts to Commence 3rd Quarter 2011.
starting point shared work space and leadership
Starting point: Shared Work Space and Leadership
  • Full Time Leadership Is A Must Have for sustained success.
  • A large segment of the creative class are working alone in a nomadic existence. You see them in coffee shops, libraries, and home office space: developers, telecommuters, consultants, publicists, students
  • These Independent professionals create more jobs sitting together than alone
  • The “starting point” for a job creating entrepreneurial ecosystem is “co-working” space, where independent workers are brought together for collaboration, education, mentoring, and creative combustion
  • This fast growing job creation/community sustainability tool is well-established in several cities:
        • Youngstown Business Incubator
        • Dogpatch (San Francisco)
        • Office Nomads (Seattle)
        • The Hive Cooperative (Denver)
tireswing boise s co working space
TireSwing: Boise’s Co-working space
  • TireSwingwill attract participants from emerging knowledge and creative industries by providing:
    • The intersection of entrepreneurs, academia, government and the established business community.
    • Office needs (desks, copier, internet, meeting rooms, etc)
    • Programming, mentoring, ongoing education, networking.
    • A connection point for commerce, academics, and creativity
    • The starting point in a “farm system”, feeding growth companies to move-up space such as The Water Cooler
  • TireSwing will begin the coordination of creative economy efforts:
    • Begin aggregating similar but underfunded/understaffed efforts
    • Market downtown Boise as a jobs destination. Maintain a robust website that publishes open job positions, provides links to support services, and keeps a community calendar of events

The ideal location will be Downtown:

  • Energetic, connected to the buzz of the arts, night life, and existing companies
  • Synergistic with the existing tech and creative communities
  • A place that causes educators, students, advisors, service providers and entrepreneurs to want “to be a part of it”.
who s involved
Who’s involved?
  • Prominent Business Leaders
  • Universities (BSU, U of I, Idaho State, College of Idaho.)
  • Idaho Technology Council
  • Capital City Development Corporation
  • The Mayor’s Office
  • Boise Valley Economic Partnership
governance and funding
Governance and Funding
  • 501 (c) 3 funded by:
    • corporate sponsorships, private donations, federal grants, and public sector support
    • Fee based rental services
  • Lead by a Board of Directors, and a full time Executive Director
  • Possibly a dedicated program within an existing organization such as Kickstand or TechIdaho
  • Projected annual costs of $200K including rent, full time ED, and website