GROW FASTER

Join Tampa Bay's best tech accelerator, a network of mentors, subject matter experts, and fellow entrepreneurs

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Startups
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$18M
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The Tampa Bay WaVE Technique

Each company is categorized into one of three phases. Our goal is to help your startup reach the milestones necessary in order to move to the next phase in 6 to 12 months.

Build

The BUILD phase is designed to help early stage, pre-revenue startups validate their assumptions, reach product/market fit, & achieve the milestones necessary to become an investable company.

  • Access to our Mentor Network of 50+
  • Dedicated Entrepreneurs in Residence
  • Monthly goals and action plans to keep you focused
  • Weekly Accountability Meetings to keep you on track

Launch

Your product is launched and you’re earning revenue, the goal now is to validate your business model & its ability to scale, all while iterating on your product & raising capital.

  • Monthly CEO Roundtables with GROW level founders
  • Dedicated Mentor to coach you through your growth
  • Special pitch & demo opportunities
  • Strategic Entrepreneurs in Residence to assist in your company’s priorities

Grow

Our GROW level companies have reached $1 million in revenue or investment. These startups are on the verge of breakout success, and are navigating major partnerships & massive growth.

  • Monthly CEO Roundtables with local influential companies
  • Access to the full support of our Mentor Network
  • Intern help, plus unlimited free job postings
  • Media coverage and a dedicated press coverage intern


Founders Feedback

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    Ty Mathen at UpValet
  • Image 1 I gain most value from WaVE's executive team and mentors walking by with potential investors and partners that I get an opportunity to meet. I wouldn't have this opportunity in any other space.
    Robyn Spoto at Mamabear
  • Image 1 The FirstWaVE Accelerator's mentor program has been an invaluable resource for helping us navigate challenges and stay focused on what is important.
    Ken Klatt at Pledge Your Bets
  • Image 1 Having access to an ecosystem of talented and knowledgeable professionals who can provide feedback, guidance, and expanded relationships in the community has been invaluable to KiteDesk.
    Jack Kennedy at KiteDesk
  • Image 1 The ability to sit down with a number of experts provided through the program, each having their own experiences, has helped us navigate the best path for our growing company.
    Eric Rabinovitz at Lilypad
  • Image 1 The mentors have quickly guided us through some of the challenges that otherwise would have been monumental tasks.
    David Meagher at What's the Wait?
  • Image 1 A mentor at the WaVE instantly took me under his wing and introduced me to people in my target market. Because of him I was able to conduct 15 interviews in less than a month!
    Amy Espinosa at UpKeep

Read About our Success Stories


Mentors Make The Difference

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    Chuck Papageorgiou

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    Kirk Burton

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    Nelson Castellano

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    Brian Code

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    Tony DiBennedeto

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    Robert Francis

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    Debra Friar

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    Alfred Goldberg

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    Jon Gordon

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    Chad Jaquays

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    Ricardo Lasa

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    Marc Mandt

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    Tim Hayes

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    Mitch Neff

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    Indraneel Paul

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    Lance Raab

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    Gerwai Todd

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    Eric Williams

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    Jim Gossett

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    Dan Nolan

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    Ryan Sullivan

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    Enrico Palumbo at
    Global Sage Group, LLC

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    John Wagner at
    eStaff365

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    Ashok Kartham at
    m-ize

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    Darcy Raymond at
    Tampa Bay Rays

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    Steve Johnston

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    Caroll Streetman

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    Daniel Caccamo

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    Tom Panaggio

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    Bharath Natarajan

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    Gina Giacusa

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    Kenneth Ervin Young

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    Nick Outman

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