What we're about

Founded in 2008, Tampa Bay WaVE, Inc. is a ‘by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing tech businesses in Tampa Bay. Today we support over 150 tech startups and over 250 entrepreneurs and other crazy talented techies that call Tampa Bay home.

Tampa Bay WaVE launched its nationally recognized FirstWaVE Venture Center and tech business accelerator program in March 2013, thanks to the 2012 i6 Challenge Grant, awarded to a collaborative regional partnership including the University of South Florida (USF) and Tampa Bay WaVE, along with a network of universities, local businesses, nonprofits and public sector partners. FirstWaVE has been incredibly successful in connecting high-growth startups with mentorship, early stage capital and other critical resources to foster an innovation-driven economy for the region. To date, FirstWaVE has supported over 125 local startups who collectively have created and retained over 500 jobs, and raised over $20 million in outside investment capital, making it one of the critical economic drivers for the region.

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“We help entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing tech businesses in Tampa Bay”

Tampa Bay WaVE’s vision over the next 5 years is to help…

…at least 50 tech startups develop into fundable ventures (go from BUILD to LAUNCH) and

…at least 5 tech startups reach the path to break-out (go from LAUNCH to GROW).

Learn more!

Visit our website (http://www.tampabaywave.org)

Read our blog (http://www.tampabaywave.org/blog/)

Apply to join WaVE today! (http://www.tampabaywave.org/accelerator/)

Upcoming events (5+)

Open/FREE Coworking for Latino Tech Entrepreneurs

FirstWaVE Venture Center

Every 1st Wed of the month is OPEN/FREE coworking for latino/hispanic founders and cofounders. Come work alongside other talented women plus plenty of Tampa Bay's best and brightest tech talent. Free coworking is generally from 8am-6pm because our front doors lock at 6pm. However, if you're here before 6pm and get into the groove, feel free to stick around and work into the wee hours.

Open/FREE Coworking for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

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Every 2nd Wed of the month is OPEN/FREE coworking for women founders and cofounders. Come work alongside other talented women plus plenty of Tampa Bay's best and brightest tech talent. Free coworking is generally from 9am-5pm because our front doors lock at 5pm. However, if you're here before 5pm and get into the groove, feel free to stick around and work into the wee hours.

OPEN/FREE Coworking for Veteran Entrepreneurs

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Every 3rd Wed of the month is OPEN/FREE coworking for our veteran entrepreneurs. Come work alongside other talented vets plus plenty of Tampa Bay's best and brightest tech talent. Plan to brown bag your lunch where we will have a lively discussion from a local veteran tech entrepreneur. Roundtable discussion starts at 11:30am - 1pm. Free coworking is generally from 9am-5pm. The Tampa Bay Wave Veteran Program is led by a new volunteer Veteran Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Colonel Jeff Goble, a recently retired Army Special Forces Officer. Jeff brings his senior veteran leadership as well as recent experience in a high-tech startup to help lead this program at the Wave. In addition to workshops, Jeff provides one-on-one mentoring to wave company founders to help them build their leadership cultures as their companies grow. About Colonel Jeff Goble: Jeff is a recently retired US Army Special Forces Colonel with extensive experience leading large, diverse, multi-disciplinary, inter-agency organizations to achieve excellence in the most challenging environments imaginable. He has an award-winning record of success in solving complex problems, synchronizing multi-functional systems, improving organizational effectiveness, and providing strategic solutions in demanding, high-stress situations. A subject-matter expert in the application of design thinking to strategy and operations, and equally adept at educating graduate-level students or motivating company board rooms, he continues to serve by providing keen insights and motivational methodologies for leading people in any organization or setting.

OPEN/Women's Networking Event - 1 Million Cups

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC)

Join a morning of meaningful networking with Working Women of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay WaVE for an opportunity to meet like-minded women professionals to connect and grow your business. Following the Networking Session, join us for 1 Million Cups Tampa featuring 2 women-owned businesses.

Past events (526)

OPEN/Women's Networking Event - 1 Million Cups

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC)

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