Tampa Bay Wave Rising Tide Relief Fund

Why an Emergency Fund is Critical

The survival of 60+ startup companies who employ more than 1,000 people.

By helping startups retain employees, the ripple effect on health and human service providers can lessen. We have seen firsthand the stress these founders are experiencing as they lay off employees, cut their own pay, and reduce other expenses.

Maintaining the momentum of the region’s growing national reputation for technology.

By helping startups survive these challenging times, we hope to quickly restore the rapid growth our tech community has experienced over the past several years. This will allow the Tampa Bay region to continue to attract and retain the talent needed for sustainable, long-term economic growth.

Speed of the region’s economic recovery timeline.

Startups who survive will be better positioned for growth, expanding their employee bases, with higher paid positions. A strong wage base supports recovery of the local economy and stimulates growth for a rebound.

The financial health and effectiveness of our community’s nonprofits.

Startups are asked to repay their loans when they are able so we can foster a community committed to “paying it forward” for future area startups. This will position the Tampa Bay startup community for continued, long term success.

We appreciate our donors for their significant contributions to the Rising Tide Relief Fund!


Andrea Graham

Mike Herdegen

Marty Traber

Skyway Capital Markets

Alex Sink

Sam Sandusky


Brian Deming

Madeline Dent

Tony Dibenedetto

Skyway Capital Markets

Rob & Cassie Kane


Sam Johnson

Tipping Point Gaming

Lance Raab


Sheryl Hunter

Hunter Business Law

Rob Brown

Doug Hill

Real Random Rolls

George McGourty

Arriba Advisors

Dan Rodriguez


Kostas Stoilas


Travel Milks and Partners

Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners