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Join Tampa Bay’s #1 Tech Accelerator

Tampa Bay Wave’s nationally recognized accelerator program is renowned for helping entrepreneurs transform their ventures into sustainable businesses that have a strong advantage in the tech industry. Wave offers startups of all sizes and at all stages the resources they need to build and scale their business.

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Why We're Different

Non-profit

We take no equity in your company

Non-profit

We take no equity in your company

Seed Fund

Dedicated to assisting our companies

Seed Fund

Dedicated to assisting our companies

Community Support

Entrepreneurial support dedicated to making connections

Community Support

Entrepreneurial support dedicated to making connections

How it works

Each Accelerator company is grouped into one of the three phases: Build, Launch, or Grow. Each phase is strategically designed to meet your company’s needs and help your business thrive. Our accelerator program is designed to help Wave members reach their business goals and milestones. By helping our entrepreneurs strategically achieve their business goals, we are determined to help Wave entrepreneurs advance their startup to the next accelerator phase within 6 to 12 months of starting the program.

Build

This is when the fun is just beginning! The “Build” phase is for those of you who have big ideas and are ready to bring these ideas to life. In the “Build” phase, you will build a minimum viable product that is designed to solve a real problem in your target market. Over the course of 3 to 6 months, you will test your product with early users and begin attaining your first customers.

MILESTONES

  • Build your minimum viable product
  • Strengthen your entrepreneurial skill sets
  • Identify your target market and find real customers

Build Companies

Launch

Now, it’s time to hit the ground running and get your business off the ground. In the “Launch” phase, you will prove the concept by validating your business model and strategizing ways to create solid traction. This is commonly the most difficult of the three phases, but we know you got this! This is the time when you iterate on your product to search for a scalable business model.

MILESTONES

  • Refine your value proposition & refurbish user experience
  • Identify a repeatable sales & marketing process
  • Secure angel investment to make your first key hires

Launch Companies

Launch

Now, it’s time to hit the ground running and get your business off the ground. In the “Launch” phase, you will prove the concept by validating your business model and strategizing ways to create solid traction. This is commonly the most difficult of the three phases, but we know you got this! This is the time when you iterate on your product to search for a scalable business model.

MILESTONES

  • Refine your value proposition & refurbish user experience
  • Identify a repeatable sales & marketing process
  • Secure angel investment to make your first key hires

Launch Companies

Grow

You’ve planted your entrepreneurial roots and now you’re ready to start growing. In the “Grow” phase, the key goal is to scale your business. You and your investors will be determined to help your business grow to new levels of success. During this phase, we will guide you through the fundraising process so you can strategically raise funds to help your venture successfully grow.

MILESTONES

  • Attain massive customer acquisition & optimize your conversion funnel
  • Create systems for company operations
  • Accomplish monthly goals to accelerate the progress of your venture

Grow Companies

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Entrepreneurs In Residence

Mentorship is an integral part of the Tampa Bay Wave experience. We are motivated to connect Wave accelerator members with mentors who are aligned with their business goals, values, and vision. Our mentors are invested in entrepreneurs who are building the future of Tampa Bay’s tech startup ecosystem. One of the many benefits of being a Wave accelerator member is that you will be able to connect with mentors who will help you on your journey of building a successful tech company.

70+ Mentors In the Wave Network
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Ken Young

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Marc Mandt

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Steven Fiske

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Rich Heruska

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Kostas Stoilas

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Robyn Spoto

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Rich Munassi

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Jeff Goble

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Jack Kennedy

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Ready to Apply?

join tampa bay’s #1 accelerator program.

Apply NowFAQ

Looking for more? Check out the Wave Specialty Programs