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West Central: Greater Tampa Bay

West Central

The greater Tampa Bay area is increasingly recognized internationally as a premier high-tech hub. Fueled by an economic engine at the pre-eminent University of South Florida, the local ecosystem benefits from an influx of capital and a tight-knit community of passionate doers with a shared vision for the future.

trusted collaborators + connections

Our work is powered by collaborative relationships with trusted individuals and organizations that share our spirit of innovation and desire to help.

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Hillsborough County Agriculture Economic Development Council

Economic Development
The FEDC educates, advocates for and connects Florida’s economic development stakeholders.
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Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC)

Economic Development
Pasco EDC fosters economic vitality and business development opportunities in Pasco County.
Turner Arbour
Workforce Development Manager
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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

University Research + Innovation
The GCREC offers working research fields and state-of-the-art clean housing and laboratory facilities.
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Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI)

STEM Outreach
FCDI supports academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through active learning projects.
Terri Willingham
Executive Director
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Tampa Bay Tech

Industry Group
Tampa Bay Tech provides annual programming, networking and initiatives to support the local tech ecosystem.
Virginia Lee
Interim Chief Executive Officer
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USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

University Research + Innovation
CAMLS is one of the world’s largest, free-standing simulation facilities for training healthcare professionals.
Haru Okuda
Executive Director
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Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (EDC)

Economic Development
The Tampa Bay EDC is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and nearby cities.
Adam Myers
Director, Business Development

The AI Education Project

STEM Outreach
The AI Education Project provides curriculum and programming to help students explore tech-enabled careers.
Alex Kotran
Co-Founder and CEO
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Duke Energy Corporation

Corporate Innovation

Sustaining Sponsor

Duke Energy is a leading energy company focused on electric power and gas distribution operations.
John Fremstad
Director of Innovation + Competitiveness
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Embarc Collective

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
Embarc Collective is a nonprofit hub deliver that provides individualized support to Tampa Bay startups.
Lakshmi Shenoy
CEO

The AI Education Project

STEM Outreach
The AI Education Project provides curriculum and programming to help students explore tech-enabled careers.
Alex Kotran
Co-Founder and CEO

Florida Polytechnic University

University Research + Innovation
Florida Poly is the nation’s leading institution of change, pushing the boundaries of education in STEM.
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Tampa Bay Wave

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
Tampa Bay Wave is a nationally recognized accelerator program that helps build, launch and grow businesses.
Linda Olson
President + CEO
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Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI)

STEM Outreach
FCDI supports academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through active learning projects.
Terri Willingham
Executive Director
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Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation

Economic Development
Bradenton Area EDC works to create high-wage jobs and connect established businesses to resources.
Max Stewart
Director of Global Business Development
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Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

University Research + Innovation
The GCREC offers working research fields and state-of-the-art clean housing and laboratory facilities.
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Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC)

Economic Development
Pasco EDC fosters economic vitality and business development opportunities in Pasco County.
Turner Arbour
Workforce Development Manager
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Central Florida Development Council (CFDC)

Economic Development
CFDC attracts and support growing businesses to promote economic development in Polk County.
Alex Price
Business Development Associate

National Academy of Inventors

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
The NAI encourages inventors in academia, following the model of the National Academies of the United States.
Jamie Renee
Executive Director
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Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED)

Economic Development
PCED encourages business expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers.
Scott Talcott
Business Development Manager

From the Suncoast to the Space Coast, a super region for high-tech industry