A Little About the Wave
Tampa Bay Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to help local entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow breakout tech companies in Tampa Bay Wave measures its results in terms of impact metrics, rather than profits. With the Wave Accelerator Program and Venture Center, Tampa Bay Wave provides tech startups with educational resources, flexible office space, mentorship, and strategic introductions to help them accelerate business growth. Launched in June 2008, Tampa Bay Wave supports over 100 early-stage tech firms today from the initial development stage to the point where they become second stage companies. Wave takes no equity from the startups it serves.
The Venture Center is Tampa Bay Wave’s 10,000 square foot innovative coworking and incubation space located in the heart of downtown Tampa. Home to nearly two dozen tech startups and dozens of crazy tech-talented coworkers, the Venture Center is an integral part of Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As the current President and founder of Tampa Bay Wave, Linda has grown this non-profit to over 100 early-stage technology ventures and over 250 entrepreneurs and techies in under 5 years. In 2012, she led a regional effort that was awarded a $1million federal grant from the US Department of Commerce to launch the FirstWave Accelerator program and an open innovation space in downtown Tampa called the FirstWave Venture Center. Since its launch in March 2013, companies in FirstWave have raised over $8.4 million in early stage investment capital and have created and retained over 200 jobs for the region.
Gracie has been with Wave since 2011 starting as an intern alongside President, Linda Olson, and working on Wave first fundraiser together. Gracie is Marketing Manager for Tampa Bay Wave and has been with the company for six years. In the community Gracie is President of Startup Tampa Bay and Lead Event Organizer for Tampa Bay Startup Week. She is a Marketer, Brand Manager, Creative, Remover of Roadblocks, and self proclaimed Lover of Dogs, Fashion, and Food.
Specialties: Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Technology, Foundation and Major Gift Fundraising; Nonprofit Management; Event Planning, Public Affairs, Community Relations, Government Relations
Channing is a rare Tampa native, with over 15 years of customer service experience, which means she’s been solving people’s problems since Blackberrys were popular. Currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at USF, she’s been developing her affinity for numbers and accounting. Consistently meeting, exceeding goals and expectations, resulting in outstanding customer satisfaction, repeat business, and word of mouth referrals. Realizing that every piece of an organization has an impact on the customer experience she is able to prioritize effectively and work closely with her team members to create a seamless experience for the customers.
Chelsie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida with a degree in creative advertising and minoring in studio art. She currently works alongside Gracie on the Wave marketing team focusing on content strategy, production and general marketing needs. Her professional background is concentrated in social media and photography.
Recent Press Releases
First look: Tampa Bay WaVE partners with Stage 1 Ventures on seed fund
TAMPA BAY WAVE OPENS SECOND LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA AT CHANNELSIDE BAY PLAZA
TAMPA BAY WAVE ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT & BUSINESS INCUBATION
NEWS: TAMPA BAY WAVE LANDS SBA GRANT TO DEVELOP SEED FUND FOR LOCAL STARTUPS