The Tampa Bay Innovation Center, formerly STAR Technology Enterprise Center, began operations as Tampa Bay’s first manufacturing/ technology accelerator in June 2003. Today, the Innovation Center works with technology entrepreneurs from “mind to market”. Our programs are designed to assist entrepreneurs with market research, strategy formation and sales execution.
Ultimately, the entire community will, through the development of new jobs, new products/services, new sources of manufacturing and technology capabilities and new opportunities for specialized employment for students. A successful innovation center also lends powerful credibility to the Tampa Bay region’s stature as a technology-friendly community.
The Innovation Center works with innovators and technology entrepreneurs developing new products or processes that are unique or have some type of protectable intellectual property. Click on our client page to learn more about these companies.
The Innovation Center clients receive a wide array of services such as shared equipment and meeting space, access to financial markets, affordable lease terms, administrative services and access to business professionals within the Tampa Bay region.
Tampa Bay Innovation Center clients also work with staff, and in some cases, are assigned a mentor and/or team of advisors to assist with strategic issues. This team of serial entrepreneurs and business professionals help clients with strategy formation and sales execution, as well as provide connections through their professional network.
The Innovation Center has several programs, each designed for innovators and technology entrepreneurs at various stages of idea generation and business development. Typically, clients stay within anywhere from six months to three years,depending on the program. We encourage you to contact us to determine which program is best for you.
A start-up company can easily get bogged down in tactical matters. Failure to plan, lack of market research, lack of financial planning and budgeting, and failure to seek advice from a professional can destroy a business. The Innovation Centerand its network of professional service providers work with the entrepreneur to help abate risk, solve problems faster, shorten the learning curve and increase their likelihood of success.
Since the Innovation Center is not housed at a University, it has the distinct advantage to work with many academic institutions. Members from St. Petersburg College, the University of Tampa, the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida, and Moffitt Cancer Research Institution currently serve on the Tampa Bay Innovation Center Board. Additionally, the Innovation Center has worked with several defense labs, research institutions, and technology transfer organizations all over the country.