Ahead Of Their 10th Anniversary Tampa Bay Wave Expands To Second Location
Back in March 2015 we reported that the Tampa Bay Wave grew into a new location. Now, the prospering startup accelerator is adding a second location. Their original location has been pretty much full since they opened the doors in 2013.
The additional location is 14,000 square feet and is in the Bay Plaza in space previously housed the Tampa Bay Chamber Of Commerce. Tampa Bay Wave will open the doors on March 1st. They hope to have 30 workers using the new space in the first month and they plan to double that within a year.
“Thanks to a vibrant local entrepreneurial ecosystem, we continue to see an increase in the number of quality startups being created and looking for support. We are literally bursting at the seams with the greater demand from companies for space to build their businesses, especially those businesses that are still growing at rates too fast for most commercial real estate options,” said Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE, in a statement. “Flexible space like this new location in Channelside Bay Plaza is critical for helping companies stay here and grow here.”
According to reports Tampa Electric, Vology, Frontier Communications and the City and County Government will work with Tampa Bay Wave and landlord SPP to help cover move in expenses and minor improvements to the space. Strategic Property Partners is a real estate company backed by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment.
SPP is proud to support Tampa Bay WaVE and local tech startups,” said James Nozar, CEO of SPP in a statement. “As a company, we are passionate about fostering entrepreneurship throughout our community. We’re delighted that WaVE and other new tenants are joining SPP at Channelside Bay Plaza.”
Tampa Bay Wave will turn 10 years old next year. The incu-celerator as she calls it, was founded by entrepreneur Linda Olsson who started Wave simply because she wanted a larger network of startups and entrepreneurs in the local area while building her company, WOMbeat.