About Us

Our History

When we started Tampa Bay Wave in 2008, we were motivated to build a community-driven nonprofit organization that supports the success of Tampa Bay’s tech entrepreneurs and the innovative businesses they are building. What started as a peer group for local entrepreneurs is now a leading tech accelerator in Tampa Bay that supports over 150 tech startups and 250 entrepreneurs. We are driven by our mission to help Tampa Bay’s tech entrepreneurs build the future of technology in Tampa Bay and in the world.

Our Mission

We help entrepreneurs build, launch, grow breakout tech businesses in Tampa Bay.

Our Vision

Everything we do is connected to our vision to nurture and support the long-term success of Tampa Bay’s tech entrepreneurs. Our vision is being achieved through the Wave accelerator program, which helps entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow breakout tech businesses.

Building a Better Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Wave’s Vision over the next 5 years is to help

at least 50 tech startups develop into successful “fundable” ventures (go from BUILD to LAUNCH)
at least 5 tech startups reach the path to break-out success (go from LAUNCH to GROW).

Our Framework

Tampa Bay Wave’s nationally recognized accelerator program empowers tech entrepreneurs to build, launch, and grow their businesses into successful ventures.

Build

We help early stage, pre-revenue startups turn their innovative ideas into tangible products.

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  • Product Development
  • Product/Market Validation

Capital Opportunities

  • Seed Fund
  • Personal Savings

LAUNCH

After developing and iterating on your product, Tampa Bay Wave helps its tech startups scale to start earning revenue.

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  • Scalable Business Validation

Sources of Capital

  • Angel Investors

Grow

Tampa Bay Wave’s programs, tools, and resources help our tech startups reach their full potential.

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  • Business Building
  • High Growth

Sources of Capital

  • Institutional
  • Venture Capital

Our Team

Wave is led by a team of innovators who are passionate about nurturing a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tampa Bay that contributes to the growth and success of tech startups.

Our Board

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Alfred Goldberg
Chair

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Linda Olson
President

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Lance Raab
Secretary

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Anita Camacho
Treasurer

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Alex Sink

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Chuck Papageorgiou

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David Etheredge

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George Gordon

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Mark Swanson

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Jeff Alagood

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Gerwai Todd

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Kostas Stoilas

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Nelson Castellano

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Darcy Raymond

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Jim Gossett

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Lindsey Kimball

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Shane Needham