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.

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Our Mission

WE HELP ENTREPRENEURS BUILD, LAUNCH, AND GROW BREAKOUT TECH BUSINESSES IN TAMPA BAY.

Building a Better Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Wave’s mission over the next 5 years is to help at least 50 tech startups develop into successful “fundable” ventures (go from BUILD to LAUNCH) and 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.

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Build

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

  • Product Development
  • Product/Market Validation

Capital Opportunities

  • Seed Fund
  • Personal Savings
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LAUNCH

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

  • Scalable Business Validation

Sources of Capital

  • Angel Investors
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Grow

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

  • Business Building
  • High Growth

Sources of Capital

  • Institutional
  • Venture Capital

STAFF

Linda Olson

Linda Olson

President/CEO

Avril Stinson

Avril Stinson

Director of Development

Rich Heruska

Rich Heruska

Accelerator Program Director, Interim

Shane Needham

Shane Needham

Director of Communications, Interim

Basha Holloway

Basha Holloway

Accelerator Coordinator

Richard Munassi

Dr. Richard Munassi

TechDiversity & Build Cohort Director

ENTREPRENEURS IN RESIDENCE

Lance Raab

Lance Raab

Entrepreneur in Residence

Steve Fiske

Steven Fiske

Entrepreneur in Residence

Kostas Stoilas

Kostas Stoilas

Entrepreneur in Residence

Robyn Spoto

Robyn Spoto

Entrepreneur in Residence

Richard Munassi

Dr. Richard Munassi

Entrepreneur in Residence

Jeff Goble

Jeff Goble

Entrepreneur in Residence

Santo Cannone

Santo Cannone

Entrepreneur in Residence

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Alfred

Alfred Goldberg
Chair

Linda Olson

Linda Olson
President

Lance Raab

Lance Raab
Secretary

Anita Comacho

Anita Camacho
Treasurer

Alex Sink

Alex Sink

CHUCK PAPAGEORGIOU

Chuck Papageorgiou

David Etheredge

David Etheredge

Joe Hodges

Joe Hodges

Stewart Kelly

Stewart Kelly

Kailah Matyas

Kailah Matyas

Gerwait Todd

Gerwai Todd

Kostas Stoilas

Kostas Stoilas

Nelson Castellano

Nelson Castellano

Marty Traber

Marty Traber

Jim Gossett

Jim Gossett

Lindsey Kimball

Lindsey Kimball

Shane Needham

Shane Needham

David Eason

David Eason

Doug Blitzer

Doug Blitzer

Brian Deming

Brian Deming

Charlotte Baker

Charlotte Baker

Travis Milks

Travis Milks

Adam Hunter

Adam Hunter