Tampa Bay Innovation Center.
Where Dedication Meets Success.
Tampa Bay Innovation Center is a not-for-profit innovation center, designed to help entrepreneurs from concept through exit strategy. Our core team of business experts, mentors, and staff can assist with validating your idea or developing your unique technology idea into a successful business. We’ve worked with numerous inventors and innovators and over 100 technology companies developing high-tech innovations.
Building Technology Companies.
Since 2003, the Innovation Center has brought advice, mentoring and assistance from accomplished experienced founders and other business professionals to our clients. Our services include:
1 Million Cups: The 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present.
StartUp Studio: Should you or shouldn’t you? Deciding if you should turn your idea into a business is tough. The Innovation Center has two programs that can help. StartUp Studio uses hands on tools to communicate the real business value of an idea and what it means to customers that would pay for it.
Entrepreneurs' Hub (eHub): Building business is challenging. The eHub is dedicated to developing entrepreneurship and venture activity with the programs that combine topical forums with networking opportunities. The eHub includes an online social network and the following Innovation Center programs: TECH Talk, StartUp Xchange and IDEA Camp.
Launch Lab™: A dedicated coworking space for innovators, freelancers, independent contractors, telecommuters, designers and developers. Coworking is more than a shared working environment. It’s a community of like-minded individuals who are interested in synergies from working with talented people in the same space.
Incubation Services: Building a technology idea into a successful business takes subject matter experts, experienced mentors, and trained professionals – all working collaboratively to help you form a business strategy. Our Incubation program provides clients with an assigned mentor, professional staff, educational opportunities, networking, and resources to help you develop an executable business plan.
Accelerator Services: Succeeding in today’s competitive market takes more than a great idea – it takes a team of experienced advisors, a collaborative environment, and most importantly, a customized “road map” that identifies strategic goals and milestones, Our Accelerator program provides access to networks, experts, international markets, dedicated space, industry peers, market research, service providers, university support systems and funding. Our professional staff and advisors represent a broad range of skills and technical backgrounds with one common attribute: experience.
Economic Gardening: The Tampa Bay Innovation Center has been selected to provide the State of Florida's economic gardening program, GrowFL, to second stage companies located throughout the Tampa Bay region. The program is targeted at "second stage" companies that have the same needs as larger companies but struggle to make that next leap due to the lack of resources available. The program provides participants strategic research/technical assistance, CEO roundtables and CEO Forums. The Tampa Bay Innovation Center recently received the Economic Gardening Program Level 1 certification.
Building the Innovation Community.
The Tampa Bay Innovation Center creates and maintains a pipeline for entrepreneurs in the region by offering events and programs targeted at innovators and startup entrepreneurs.
IDEA Camp: Held at the St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, IDEA Camp is a collaborative event that helps inventors, entrepreneurs and small businesses refine their “60 second elevator pitch”. Participants should expect to leave IDEA Camp with a refined business model that effectively communicates venture’s attributes, credibility for their product or idea through peer vetting, confidence to deliver an effective value proposition and more. This event is sponsored by Entrepreneurs' Hub.
Mentor’s Corner: Clients of the Innovation Center are provided access to professional advice and consultation each month in our Launch Lab™ through our Mentor Corner. Our mentor network includes experts in the fields of human resources, public relations, sales, marketing, finance, legal and other services as determined by client requests.
StartUp Xchange: A unique monthly program designed specifically for innovators and entrepreneurs throughout the region that are trying to determine that essential next step. Join Innovation Center mentors and staff as real experts answer your questions on what to do next for starting your business or furthering your idea. This event is sponsored by Entrepreneurs' Hub.
TECH Talk: The only FREE monthly breakfast, networking & education event tailored specifically for Tampa Bay's Technology Entrepreneurship Community. This event is hosted by Microsoft, sponsored by Entrepreneurs' Hub.
Florida Defense & Technology Showcase (FDTS): The showcase is hosted by Congressman C.W. Bill Young and presented by the Innovation Center and Florida Federal Contractors Association (FFCA). FDTS is a reverse trade show where local subcontractors exhibit and defense industry contractors meet new suppliers. By matching United States Department of Defense contractors with local subcontractors, FDTS strengthens the defense and advanced manufacturing sectors by increasing local sales and developing partner and vendor relationships.
Recognition Reception: An annual event to honor Innovation Center board members, volunteers, clients and other community leaders for outstanding work in the Spirit of Entrepreneurship.
Partners in Innovation.
The Innovation Center’s success and strength is aided by nearly 100 direct volunteers and mentors from major research universities/institutions, funding and venture capital organizations, defense program offices, legal and accounting firms, community support organizations and other professional service providers.
Young-Rainey Science, Technology and Research Center (STAR Center): The Innovation Center occupies up to 50,000 square feet of light manufacturing, wet lab and office space within the STAR Center. The STAR Center is located on the western portal of Florida`s High Tech Corridor. It is located in the center of Florida`s coast only ten miles from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, six miles from the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport and 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport. The STAR Center is home to more than 40 technology companies that employ more than 1,500 workers. The STAR Center also offers qualified companies opportunities to participate in Foreign Trade Zone 193.
Microsoft BizSpark™ Partner: Fast track your startup with software, support and visibility from Microsoft! BizSpark™ provides access to current, full-featured tools and platforms for designing, developing, testing and demonstrating software applications. This global program helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs who are starting a business.
CEO Council of Tampa Bay: CEO Council members have provided more than 250 hours of guidance and mentorship annually to Innovation Center clients. The mission of the CEO Council is to be the premier organization for entrepreneurial Chief Executive Officers in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. The Council's foundation is built upon its ability to build relationships, generate ideas and formulate solutions. All three components are focused on the management and growth of the members' businesses. The CEO Council is comprised of entities with a minimum of 25 employees and annual revenues of $3 million. Their 150+ members represent approximately 20,000 employees.
Florida High Technology Corridor (FHTCC): The Florida High Technology Corridor (FHTCC): FHTCC is a regional economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida and the University of Florida whose mission is to grow high tech industry and innovation in the region through research, workforce and marketing partnerships. A partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs) and 14 community colleges, the Council is co-chaired by the presidents of UCF, USF and UF. The Council includes the presidents of two of the community colleges, the president of Florida Institute of Technology and representatives of high tech industry. The unique partnership has resulted in a strategic approach to high tech economic development that involves matching funds research, workforce development and a marketing program leveraging governmental, EDO and corporate budgets on a regional rather than local basis.
USF CONNECT: The mission of USF CONNECT is to deliver a wide range of business development services to technology business throughout the Tampa Bay region and the State of Florida. The Innovation Center and USF CONNECT have partnered to create an “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem” for technology startups. Elements of the collaboration include: create/enhance an entrepreneurial support system for local technology startups, encourage research collaboration between Innovation Center clients and USF faculty, deliver and promote technology entrepreneurship seminars, extend the Innovation Center’s mentorship network to USF Incubator Network clients, and provide opportunities for faculty and student assistance to clients.
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED): PCED works with existing businesses and entrepreneurs to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Pinellas County. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, PCED fosters growth and a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.
Florida Venture Forum (FVF): FVF is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that is supported locally by private companies, service providers, venture capitalists and academic institutions. The goal of the FVF is to help ensure the success of entrepreneurial ventures by offering expert counsel, educational advice and managerial assistance. The FVF provides programs on a statewide basis attended by venture capitalists, investors, bankers, corporate executives, accountants, lawyers and entrepreneurs.
Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF) TBTF is a non-profit membership association committed to connecting and growing the technology community in Tampa Bay.
Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC): FLVEC is a free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business.