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Tampa Bay Innovation Center Names Betsy Torres as Event & Marketing Manager

August 24, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center for technology businesses, has hired Betsy Torres as event & marketing manager, where she is responsible for TEC Garage and Tampa Bay Innovation Center event and marketing planning and implementation. 

Previously, Torres was director of gratitude at Team Red,White and Blue, a national veteran support nonprofit organization, where she supervised volunteers, directed accounts receivable processing and developed procedures for workflow of accounts receivable and gratitude positions.  Prior to that she was security assistant/team lead with Global Solutions Network Inc. as a contractor with the U.S. Department of State and personnel security specialist with Visionary Integration Professionals as a contractor for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She is a combat veteran who served one tour in Iraq and achieved the rank of corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

A graduate of Mary Baldwin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Torres received a Master of Arts degree in forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A member of the St. Petersburg Chamber’s Young Professionals group and Team Red, White and Blue in Tampa, she serves as a volunteer counselor for Children with Cancer Camp in Jackson, Mich. 

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center Hosts September TECH Talk and Quarterly Diary of an Entrepreneur

August 11, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center for technology businesses, will hold its September TECH Talk and quarterly Diary of an Entrepreneur program on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8:30 a.m. at Microsoft Headquarters, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa.

The program, “Creative Sign Designs – A Startup from an Unintended Turnaround,” will be presented by Creative Sign Designs President and CEO Jamie Harden.  Harden will describe how he went from acquiring Creative Mailbox & Sign Designs in 2005, then going through the down housing market that began 2008, to a new focus on the signage business.  Creative Sign Designs is now a nationally-recognized custom sign company focused on providing design-build architectural signage solutions.  With headquarters in Tampa, Creative also has offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale. 

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center Hosts July TECH Talk and Quarterly Diary of an Entrepreneur

June 11, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center for technology businesses, will hold its July TECH Talk and quarterly Diary of an Entrepreneur program on Tuesday, July 14, at 8:30 a.m. at Microsoft Headquarters, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa.

The program, “Growth in the Fast Lane,” will feature the founders and owners of AgileThought, a Tampa-based full-service custom software consulting firm whose mission is to fundamentally change the way people, organizations and companies view, approach and deliver software projects.  

Panelists include David Romine, chief executive officer and co-founder; Ryan Dorrell, chief technology officer and co-founder; John Wagner, chief product officer and co-founder; and Jeff Alagood, chief operating officer and partner.  They will discuss the experiences, challenges and opportunities that took a three person start-up to more than 150 employees and $20 million in revenue in 11 years.

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Tampa Bay Innovation Center Hosts June TECH Talk

June 09, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Tampa Bay Innovation Center, an innovation and entrepreneurship center, will hold its June TECH Talk program on Tuesday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m. at Microsoft Headquarters offices, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa.

            June’s program, “Protect Your Brand – Essentials!” will be presented by Chris Paradies, president of intellectual property law firm Paradies Law P.A. and chairman of the Tampa Innovation Center board of directors.  Paradies will discuss what a brand is, how startups can position their brand to maximize its value, the importance of registering trademarks, how to protect a brand from cyberbullying and online infringers, and five mistakes that can devastate a brand’s value.

Paradies is an international speaker, a Florida Bar-certified intellectual property attorney and registered patent attorney who has advised hundreds of businesses on capturing, protecting and growing their intellectual property.  He is dedicated to helping entrepreneurs and donates his time as a volunteer mentor and adviser through the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and other nonprofit organizations.

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KynderMed, TEC Garage client, is a Cade Museum Innovation prize finalist

April 30, 2015
By Tampa Bay Innovation Center

KynderMed, a company using technology to safely and effectively enable at-risk women to avoid the onset of premature labor, is one of four finalists for the 6th Annual Cade Museum Prize for Innovation.  The company is a client at Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s TEC Garage.

“It’s an honor to be a finalist in such a fierce competition, up against so many other great innovators and companies,” says Don Rosenkoetter, KynderMed president.  “We are grateful to the TEC Garage staff for their guidance and resources that helped get us here.”

The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention’s annual competition for early-stage inventors and entrepreneurs received 85 entries from around the state. The $50,000 prize is intended to provide seed capital and publicity for ideas with market potential.  

The final four teams will make live pitches to a panel of judges on May 16, 2015, and the winner will be announced that evening at the inaugural “Inventivity Bash” at Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville.

KynderMed is a women’s health company initially focused on reducing the human tragedy and economic burden caused by preterm labor.  The first initiative is a proprietary, non-invasive medical device that reduces the risk of premature labor, a condition that claims more than 1 million infant lives each year, and for which there is no safe and effective therapy.

 “Don and his company are a great example of how innovation and partnerships, combined with mentoring and advisory services, can be a winning combination,” says Tonya Elmore, president of Tampa Bay Innovation Center. “We wish them the best in this competition.”

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