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Welcome to the LatinTech Accelerator, a groundbreaking program presented by Tampa Bay Wave in partnership with the Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce, championed by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor and powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

At the heart of our mission, the LatinTech Accelerator is crafted for technology startups at the Pre-Seed to Series A stage, where Latino or Latina founders hold at least a 50% stake in ownership, control, and daily operations. This reflects our commitment to addressing the pronounced underrepresentation of Latino entrepreneurs in the tech sector.

Your journey begins over an immersive four-month period. Participants will delve into two enriching weeks on-site in Tampa, Florida, an epicenter of Latino business dynamism. An additional two weeks of virtual interaction promise expansive accessibility, ensuring participants forge deep connections within the Tampa Bay ecosystem.

In a collaborative spirit, with the robust backing of the Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce and the fervent advocacy of figures like U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, our mission remains clear: to kindle innovation, strengthen collaboration, and elevate the accomplishments of Latino tech pioneers, shaping the future of the industry.

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Being accepted and going through the Tampa Bay Wave accelerator program was a milestone for Eskuad. Not only did it provide a seal of approval for potential investors, but connected us with mentors who helped us better understand the market and build the company with a much larger vision in mind.

Max Echeverria
Eskuad, CEO and Founder
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Criteria for Consideration

  • At least 50% owned, controlled and operated by people of Latin descent.
  • Dedicated management of at least two full-time people
  • Ability to travel to Tampa at least 2 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

Applications for the LatinTech Accelerator 2023/2024 program have closed.

 

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Accelerator Benefits

Guidance and Mentorship

  • Dedicated Support & Coaching
  • One of the largest mentor networks with various subject matter & vertical expertise, including programming designed to help you efficiently connect with the best mentors for your startup
  • 24/7 access to online portal for cohort companies and Wave’s Mentor Network
  • Continued support beyond accelerator program with free CORE membership for an additional 3 months

Community and Connections

  • Invites to socials, community events and other opportunities to network and engage
  • Massive community exposure during the Pitch Night, one of Wave’s signature public events that typically attracts hundreds (& sells out!)
  • Strategic introductions such as to prospective customers and other business opportunities

Access to Capital

  • Growing and engaged investor network with introductions based on readiness and investor fit
  • Capital coaching to help prepare for Pitches, Investor Meetings, etc.
  • Exposure during TechDiversity Demo Day (exclusively for accredited investors)

Exposure and Savings

  • PR and Marketing support to communicate successes and celebrate milestones
  • Flexible office space and meeting rooms access
  • Well-over $10,000 in annual savings with our perks partners
Ana Cruz (Ballard Partners)
Managing Partner
Andre Toaldo (Ex-Google, Investor & Board Member)
Finance Operations
Cesar R. Hernandez (Omni Public)
CEO, Tampa Bay Latin Chamber Board Chair
Daniel F. Martinez, III (Florida Business Development Corporation)
Vice President
Daniel McDonald (LMCU)
SBA Loan Officer
Danielle M. Alvarez (Accenture)
Managing Director
Jared Rodriguez (Mad Mobile)
CTO
Javier Marin (City of Tampa)
Director of Economic Opportunity
Jose Bello (Encore Bank)
VP, Community Outreach Officer
Julio Esquivel (Partner)
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Karen Perez (Hillsborough County)
School Board Member
Lina Teixeira (City of Clearwater)
Council Member Seat 5
Lisset Hanewicz (City of St. Petersburg)
Council Member District 4
Melissa Morin (USF)
Director, Corporate Partnerships
Michael Flores (J.P. Morgan)
Executive Director, Private Banker
Nancy Millan (Hillsborough County)
Tax Collector
Santiago Corrada (Visit Tampa Bay)
President & CEO
Yvette Segura (Yvette Segura Consulting)
President

Key Dates

Applications OpenSeptember 1, 2023
Applications DueOctober 6, 2023
Program KickoffNovember 13, 2023
Final Pitch NightFebruary 15, 2024

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

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