There’s no story we like better than watching organizations that support startups, that are in fact startups themselves, grow. When a startup support organization grows alongside the startups it’s serving it creates a good energy between the startups and the facilitating organization. It also gives the organization credibility to the internal startup community and the external startup community that’s hopefully supporting the organization.
The Tampa Bay Times reported on Monday that the Tampa Bay Wave Incubator is relocating from Rivergate to space in the neighboring E. Kennedy building just five blocks away.
Tampa Bay Wave’s current location is in the Rivergate building which was sold in 2014 as part of a large commercial deal.
Now thanks in part to a federal i6 Challenge grant awarded in April, Wave is able to relocate to a larger space. The grant was awarded through a partnership with the University of South Florida. Tampa Bay Wave also attributes the move to a larger location to a partnership with local attorney Richard McIntyre, a partner in the McIntyre Thanasides Law Firm which owns the building Tampa Bay Wave is moving into.
“We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our FirstWaVE program so that we can provide even more critical support to local startups, address more gaps in our local ecosystem and foster a culture of innovation throughout the region,” WaVE president Linda Olson told the Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa Bay Wave has helped 90 startups to date which have created over 350 jobs. Tampa Bay Wave’s current class of startups kicked off in March.