Support Tomorrow's Brightest Companies Today

We are grateful to our Sponsors, Donors, Supporters, Partners and Friends who are helping us making a lasting impact on Tampa Bay!

Pillars of Innovation ($25,000 and up) are major sponsors with named programs and/or rooms and signage at Venture Center. They are featured on Wave’s Wall of Honor. We proudly partner to co-host events, on media opportunities and they enjoy special access and website visibility.

Tidal Wave sponsors ($10,000 and up) support programs or events and are honored via signage at Wave’s Venture Center, enjoy website visibility, media mentions, and event invitations.

Our corporate and individual Friends of Wave ($1,500 and up) join us at pitch and networking events and provide connections throughout the community.

Scholarships can help defray the cost of accessing Wave’s valuable resources and programs for early-stage Founders and help them live their dreams, thereby nourishing Tampa Bay’s growing economy. Named grants, multi-year grants, industry-focused grants are available, as well as grants designated to support diverse and underrepresented founders, such as startups founded by women, veterans, minorities, and others.

Wave Runners support Wave through monthly or one-time contributions in support of where need is greatest, such as our Rising Tide Relief Fund, launched in response to 2020’s economic distress. Joining Wave’s Splash Club offers extra benefits.

*Tampa Bay Wave is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Bequests, devises, transfers and gifts are tax deductible.

Direct Support
  • Direct financial donations
  • Foundation grants
  • Legacy or major gifts
  • Program/event underwriting
  • In-kind and tangible gifts
Indirect Support
  • Procurement from our member companies
  • Strategic introductions/networking
  • Mentorship/expertise
  • Renting space in our Venture Center

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A message from the Chair


I believe every CEO and company out there will tell you that innovation is at the top of their priority list. Innovation is needed to survive and thrive in the world today. And I can’t think of a better way to drive a culture of innovation in your own organization, while also supporting the local technology and business ecosystem, than by supporting and partnering with Tampa Bay Wave and the impressive early stage companies the Wave supports.

Brian Deming