It’s been a busy few weeks since we kicked off the revitalized CORE program! In a short time, we’ve welcomed new companies, celebrated the success of Wave alums, hosted a variety of events, and have been hard at work planning out the rest of the year. Here are a few of the things that the CORE community has been doing in the last month:
We kicked off the program with legacy members and welcomed new members to the fold. Among some of our new community members, we have founders in the education space, hospitality, social media, and health tech, to name a few. The team looks forward to formally introducing our newest founders to the community at large soon!
Among our alumni CORE members, the good news just keeps rolling in. Many of our TechWomen Rising and TechDiversity founders recently joined us for a virtual reunion and gave exciting updates – Jaeson Bang of Oracle Health recently raised $1.3M on crowdfunding platform, Republic, while Christopher Molaro and Neuroflow recently closed on a $20M series B round, aimed at scaling the venture. To read all of the recaps from those events, please visit https://www.tampabaywave.org/2021/06/techdiversity-techwomen-rising-reunion-recap/
Also celebrating significant recent wins are Peerfit, PikMyKid and Script – all Wave alum who have gone onto incredible achievements in their respective verticals. Our sincerest congratulations to the founders and their teams. Stay tuned for exciting news around these celebrations!
In addition to our reunions, CORE has also hosted some impressive speakers for our members. Ed Buckley of Peerfit spoke to our members about company culture pre/during/post COVID, while Asaf Segev of Wealthsimple spoke to our founders about adapting a growth mindset for scale. We look forward to bringing in more founders and members of our community to help continue the dissemination of knowledge in our ecosystem. Up next, a deep dive into alternatives to VC funding, with an emphasis on crowdfunding – watch your inboxes for more info soon.
Lastly, Wave was thrilled to host our founders last week at our first event of the year, the June Founders Social. Held at the beautiful new Hyatt Downtown, the social gave founders a chance to network, to meet the team, and to interact with members of our startup community. Good times had by all, and we can’t wait to host something again soon!