The CyberTech|X Accelerator is a highly specialized 90-day accelerator program exclusively for innovative and disruptive technology startups focused on cybersecurity.

Participating startups will benefit from the tools and connections they need to achieve high-scale growth, including the strategic support and global network that come from Wave’s incredible track record and world class programs.

Further, startups will have access to coaching and mentoring from some of the nation’s leading cyber security experts, including from our key sponsors at A-LIGN, DTCC, EY, and KnowBe4, as well as from our strategic partners at Cyber Florida and the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

Tampa Bay Wave is a non-profit, non-equity, community-fueled accelerator launched over 10 years ago and recently named the #1 Accelerator in Florida. With world-class accelerator programs built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Tampa Bay Wave provides early-stage, well vetted startups from Tampa Bay and around the world with educational programming, critical connections, and peer support at NO COST.


The Wave presented the best opportunity for SPHER to enhance several useful skills including capital investment communication, networking, and sharpening our vision towards growth. The strong commitment from staff, mentors, and community set the Wave apart from every other Accelerator we looked at joining. We are deeply grateful for the guidance and ongoing contributions to our success.

Raymond Ribble

Criteria for Consideration

  • Business built with proprietary technology creating next-generation cyber products & solutions
  • Dedicated management of at least two full-time people
  • Ability to travel to Tampa at least 3 times during the 90-day program*
  • Proof of market validation
  • Investable and/or scalable business
  • Viable business plan
  • Financial runaway of at least 6-12 months

The CyberTech|X 2024 Accelerator applications are closed.


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Accelerator Benefits

Guidance & Mentorship

  • Dedicated support & coaching staff
  • Curated events with & ongoing access to Wave’s 100+ experienced mentors
  • 24/7 only platform access to global mentor network

Community & Connections

  • Immersive experience with cohort peers
  • Membership in Wave’s full startup community (100+ startups)
  • Curated networking events and introductions to national business prospects

Access to Capital

  • Exposure and warm introductions to Wave’s 300+ investor network
  • Exposure via Demo Day event that attracts national accredited investors
  • Pre-investment pitch deck and negotiation coaching

Exposure & Savings

  • Media exposure through Wave’s press/pr team and social media
  • Massive exposure through multiple in-person / virtual pitch events
  • > $10,000 in annual savings through GAN and other partners
  • Flex office space and meeting rooms access
Asim Murad (Bank of America)
SVP, Technology Partnerships
Cathy Ryan Reneer (JP Morgan Chase & Co)
Managing Director
Danielle Alvarez (Accenture)
Managing Director
Erich Kron (KnowBe4)
Security Awareness Advocate / Technical Evangelist
Ernie Ferraresso (Cyber Florida)
Jennifer Graham (Accenture)
Managing Director
Kishen Sridharan (Raymond James)
Technology Partnerships Executive
Lee Gray (US Army Cyber Command)
Strategic Advisor
Mai Ensmann (Cyber Florida)
Assistant Cyber Program Manager
Mike Fraser (Sophos – formerly Refactr)
VP of Product Management, DevSecOps and Automation
Mina Khalil (USSOCOM)
SBIR Program Manager
Petar Besalev (A-LIGN)
EVP Cybersecurity and Compliance Services
Rolando Torres (Abacode)
Co-Founder & COO
Sumit Bhatia (TBDC – Toronto Business Development Centre)
Chief Business Officer
Victor Gamarra (EY)
Enterprise Risk Leader
Vince Rocca (Digital Hands)
Co-Founder and CIO

Key Dates

Application Opens:October 10, 2023
Application Due:December 17, 2023
Kick Off Week:January 22, 2024
Pitch Night:March 28, 2024