Empowered women can change the world. Here at Tampa Bay Wave, we want to help women founders create innovative solutions to make the world a better place while also helping them close the gaps faced by women entrepreneurs everywhere. Powered by JPMorgan Chase, Tampa Bay Wave’s new TechWomen Rising Accelerator is a 90-day business accelerator program designed for women-led startups enabled by technology. Participants will benefit from intensive mentoring, peer networking, investor coaching, and by establishing business connections.

JPMorgan Chase, through its foundation, invests in communities around the world to break down barriers to opportunity and create an economy that works for more people. in 2020, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation made such an investment in a partnership between Tampa Bay Wave and Embarc Collective in order to foster the growth of women-led technology startups in Florida. Read More


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Criteria For Consideration

  • A Woman-Owned Business defined as one that is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled on a daily basis by one or more female founders.
  • Operations currently located in Florida
  • Dedicated management team of at least one full-time person
  • Viable business plan
  • Proof of market validation
  • Investable and scalable business
  • Ability to travel to Tampa at least 3 times during the 90-day program
  • Financial runway of at least 3 months

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Accelerator Benefits

Guidance and Mentorship

  • Dedicated Cohort Director/Entrepreneur in Residence for support and coaching
  • Business Assessments
  • Access to the Wave’s extensive mentor network with both functional and industry vertical expertise.
  • 9 Months of continued mentoring and support beyond the 90-day program

Community and Connections

  • Sharing with and learning from fellow founders
  • Invitations social and Tampa Bay community events with opportunities to network and engage
  • Women’s forum quarterly events
  • Opportunities for Corporate Engagement
  • CEO Roundtables

Access to Capital

  • Capital needs assessment
  • Pitch coaching
  • Preparations for investors conversations
  • Demo Day with opportunities for exposure to investors and introductions

Exposure and Savings

  • Exposure through the Wave’s website, PR and marketing efforts
  • 24/7 Coworking access including 20 hours per month of meeting room use
  • Significant cost savings through Wave’s Perks Partner program

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.

Key Dates

August 7, 2021Application Deadline
Sep 15, 2021Program Kick-Off & Week One
Nov 4, 2021Mid-Program Pitch Night
Nov 18, 2021Demo Day