Founded in 2008,Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a "by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs" 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping to build, launch,and grow breakout tech-enabled businesses in theTampa Bay area and beyond. Wave delivers world-class support to startups, designs and manages corporate innovation programs, and provides office facilities in a downtown Tampa collaborative innovation hub.Tampa Bay Wave is a "Zero-Equity" accelerator that has mobilized a coalition of both public and private partners to fund operations and help transform the region into a significant tech hub. Since 2013,Tampa Bay Wave has supported 460 companies raising $700MM in capital and creating over 4,200 jobs.
While searching for organizations to help start her own business, Linda Olson identified an unsolved problem – Tampa Bay lacked a robust ecosystem to support startups through their early business challenges – which led to her founding the Tampa Bay Wave in 2008. What started as a meetup of like-minded entrepreneurs has grown to become a multi-faceted "by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs" organization to foster the growth of tech-enabled startups in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.
Tampa Bay Wave is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing support directly to startups through curated 90 day accelerator programs, its CORE program for year-round support, and its Venture Center which provides office space and community for entrepreneurs located in downtown Tampa. Wave is a "Zero-Equity" accelerator, taking no equity share in its member companies, that has mobilized a coalition of both public and private partners to fund operations and help transform the region into a significant tech hub. Wave’s extensive mentor network provides world-class startup support and has enabled Tampa Bay Wave to become the only Florida member of the Global Accelerator Network (GAN). Wave also designs and manages corporate accelerator programs, with a special commitment to diversity, and can customize programs based on industry vertical, founder characteristics, and location -- with the tools to recruit startups regionally, nationally, and globally. Since 2013,Tampa Bay Wave has supported 460 companies raising $700MM in capital and creating over 4,200 jobs.