EMPOWERING TAMPA BAY
We create opportunities and empower thought leaders to succeed & develop Tampa Bay into a national entrepreneurial focal point.
WHAT WE DO
For the last 8 years, we have been working to build our entrepreneurial community here in Tampa Bay. We do this by running events that give entrepreneurs and thought leaders a platform to work together. These events have provided education, resources, networking, and launchpads for countless startups. As a not for profit organization, we operate for the community, by the community.
Our Core Values
We’ve been here for 8 years doing what we love and building our entrepreneurial community into what it is today!
We believe a single connection can change the course of your entire business. We work to make connections across Tampa Bay between individuals, businesses, governments, and resources.
Diversity & Inclusion
Because not only is it what makes Tampa Bay great but multiple viewpoints, backgrounds, and skill sets are what will take businesses and communities to the next level, both in innovating and problem-solving.
This is an amazing place to build a business. We need to have the talent to fuel those businesses. It is our job to showcase the attractiveness of the community to the best talent that is both already here and wants to relocate here.
Giving back is what we do inherently. Giving back should be built into the framework of businesses.
Mental health is important to us and we know how hard and lonely it is to be an entrepreneur sometimes. We work hard to support entrepreneurs on the individual level as they journey through building their businesses.
5 YEARS OF SUCCESS
OUR CORE EVENTS
Startup Week Tampa Bay is a five-day celebration with over 100 events led by entrepreneurs, and hosted in Tampa Bay’s hottest entrepreneurial spaces. Each day is loaded with sessions for you to get the education you need for your startup: legal, marketing, tech, etc. These classes are led by entrepreneurs who have been there and done that. This action-packed week brings thousands of entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together to grow our community’s unique entrepreneurial identity.
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Tampa Bay designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams will form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a 3-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders to receive feedback.
Tampa Bay Hackathon is a weekend-long deep dive into the problems that some of the leading companies are trying to solve. Our hackathon will bring together the best builders and problem solvers in the Tampa Bay technology community to create real solutions for the challenges presented by select companies in a specific industry. For companies, this means a chance to crowdsource incredible ideas, new strategies, and technology from our community. For the participants, this hackathon is an opportunity to solve real problems and build useful technology in an innovative environment with reputable collaborators.
Celebrate all things social media, and meet your online connections offline. Social Media Day Tampa Bay occurs every year on June 30th, thanks to Mashable, and we are able to recognize all of the amazing contributions social media has on our community. While every day is essentially Social Media Day, June 30th is the global celebration. We have been organizing Social Media Day since it began here in Tampa and each year hundreds of local social media professionals, influencers, and bloggers come out for an amazing evening together.
“Tampa Bay Startup Week 2018 revolutionized my life. I had recently dove head-first into my own entrepreneurial journey before linking up with the Tampa Bay Startup Week crew a few days before the event. I didn’t really know what I was doing but they gave me the opportunity to be the volunteer coordinator, which I ran with. There is no better event to showcase the incredible entrepreneurial community that Tampa has to offer than Tampa Bay Startup Week. I am blessed to have had the experience; it will not be soon forgotten!”Adam Cummings
“Entrepreneurs are a huge part of our community and the future of Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay Startup Week has been a great resource to the community, providing information and speakers that touch on all aspects of a business. We look forward to bringing a team of CPA’s to Startup Week each year to mentor entrepreneurs.”Robert Mainelli
“I am so grateful for TBSW. Once I started working my blog as a business, Startup Week spiked my interest. I first attended in 2016, spoke via panel with a talented friend in 2017, and had my own session this past year. The confidence I gained from attending enabled me to leave my corporate gig. The information I received and the connections I made have played such a big part in my everyday life! People that I have met through TBSW have become friends, colleagues, and even clients of mine.”Caitlyn Connolly
“Startup Weekend brings people together. It’s where I ended up meeting my co-founder. The idea I pitched eventually turned into a venture-backed business that was later acquired.”Todd Goldberg
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