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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