TechEdge Accelerator

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Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing local entrepreneurs with facilitated access to the resources, expertise, and capital they need to grow vibrant technology-based companies in Tampa Bay and create high wage tech jobs, thus fostering an innovation-based economy for the region. Since March 2013, Tampa Bay Wave has supported more than 200 tech startups in Tampa Bay.







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Accelerator Benefits

Guidance and Mentorship

  • Cohort Director for Dedicated Support & Coaching
  • One of the largest mentor networks in Florida with subject & vertical expertise. Many mentors are Entrepreneurs with successful Exits and/or Directors/C-Level at larger corporations
  • Membership to Union – our Company & Mentor Connection Platform
  • Mentor Surge to meet many mentors in one event

Community and Connections

  • Peer to Peer Networking with fellow Cohort members and current Tampa Bay Wave Member companies
  • Invites to socials, community events and other opportunities to network and engage
  • Women’s Forum Quarterly Events for Women-lead companies
  • Major Tech Ecosystem Events introducing you to the Tampa Bay Ecosystem

Access to Capital

  • Growing and engaged investor network of 200+ with introductions based on readiness and investor fit
  • Coaching to help prepare for Pitches, Investor Meetings, etc.
  • Pitch Night during the 100-day program to investors, mentors, and technology stakeholders
  • Demo Day event to conclude the 100-day program catered to our investor community

Exposure and Savings

  • Lifetime access to GAN and its resources, a highly curated community of more than 100 of the world’s best accelerators, through your participation in Tampa Bay Wave.
  • Access our perks, up to $1M in savings, from providers like AWS, Google Cloud, Twilio SendGrid, BREX, HubSpot, and 100’s more!
  • Free Co-Working at the Tampa Bay Wave ($2,100 annual value)
  • 20 Hours of Free Meeting Space each month ($8,400 annual value)
  • Receive 2 Free Weeks of Co-Working at 100+ GAN Accelerators across the world
  • PR and Marketing support to communicate successes and celebrate milestones
  • Communications on Ecosystem Events & Programs

Criteria For Consideration

Launch Criteria

  • Market Validation & Sales: Paying customers and/or paid pilots. Prefer at least $100,000 in sales and/or significant market traction.
  • Dedicated Management Team: The founding team is full-time and exclusively focused on the company
  • Investable Business: Existing pitch assets and/or an angel round of at least $100,000
  • Governance & Legal Structure: Executed Operating Agreement
  • Accounting & Finance: Existing budget and financial model with a qualified accounting platform
  • Business Plan: Documented, viable and scalable
  • Financial runaway of at least 6-12 months
  • Membership Fee: $4,800 annually per company

Grow Criteria

  • Company must meet or exceed the Launch stage criteria
  • Annual Revenue and/or Capital Raised: $1M in annual recurring revenue or $1M Series A or above
  • Scalable Marketing & Sales Process: Can demonstrate results and repeatable market traction
  • Standard Operating Procedures: Active and documented operating processes and procedures
  • Accounting & Finance: Existing budget and financial model with a qualified accounting platform
  • Executive Management Team: Three or more full-time members
  • Team Growth: At least 10 full-time employees
  • Human Resources: Active and documented operating processes and procedures
  • Advisory Board: Recommended
  • Membership Fee: $4,800 annually per company

Program Structure

Build + Launch + Grow

Build, launch and grow are not only the phases of any startup venture, they are the framework by which we support our companies. Our BUILD-LAUNCH-GROW framework provides targeted support for the demands your company will experience that will ultimately lead to success.


Mentorship is one of the single most important tools for any startup founder or CEO. Tampa Bay Wave’s extensive network of mentors provide a unique and diverse group of experts that will provide infinite value throughout your company’s journey toward success.

Extensive Network

It’s been said that it’s all about who you know. Tampa Bay Wave’s extensive network of supporters, mentors, entrepreneurs in residence, community advocates and business leaders make up a tremendous community of people who will provide you and your company a firm foundation of growth.

Demo Day

Key Dates

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