The Latest Tampa Bay Wave Startup Cohort Brings Even More Diversity To The Tampa Startup Ecosystem
Diversity in entrepreneurship and startups has been on the minds of everyone for a number of years. A recent influx of sexual harassment claims in the startup and technology sector (before the Harvey Weinstein revelations) have thrust a light on the divide between men and women in funded startups. Diversity reaches far beyond that though, as programs across the country have highlighted founders from all ethnicities. We’re also glad to have a great relationship with StartOut a valuable resource to the LGBTQ startup community.
Like startups, diversity isn’t just something in Silicon Valley or New York City. Some of the more successful, longer lasting startup programs across the country are making a huge effort to highlight the fact that startups and entrepreneurship come from everywhere.
Leading that charge in Florida is Tampa Bay Wave.
Tampa Bay Wave itself is woman led. Linda Olson started Wave over a decade ago as a network of entrepreneurs and startups in the Tampa Bay region. It’s grown to two physical locations with co-working, incubation and acceleration. Their “Accelerator Build” program just announced it’s latest cohort, with a very diverse group of founders. Of the 13 new startups in the program, seven of them are women led, six have minority co-founders and three have veteran co-founders.
“Tampa Bay Wave is thrilled to welcome our newest Accelerator Build cohort to our Tampa Tech Ecosystem,” states Tampa Bay Wave founder and president Linda Olson, in the release. “Wave is committed to providing every available resource to launch these promising tech companies to scalable, successful ventures. We look forward to fueling these startups with the support of our recent fund developments, further helping to close the critical early stage capital gap in our budding tech community.”
Here are brief descriptions of all 13 startups as reported by our friends at tech.co:
180byTwo is an industry leader in global audience solutions: leveraging multi sourced offline, online, mobile, location, signal, proximity, and various other data points across industry verticals designed to help marketers and platforms more efficiently and effectively target accounts, professionals and consumers across channels and devices.
As the Uber of Boats, Anchor can pick you up from any dock and drop you off with ease. Just sign up to be an Anchor Passenger by downloading the free app from the app store, select what type of boat you would like to take, select a driver, and you and your group of friends can set sail to your destination.
Course Align enables universities to create data-driven curriculum that aligns coursework with relevant job skills. By providing meaningful information to faculty in a comprehensive way, they’re hoping to close the skills gap in the education world today.
Data & Sons is fostering new knowledge development by making data more valuable and easier to exchange. Their online marketplace for buying, selling, and sharing data makes exchanging data simple and safe.
Inzata brings together years of experience to create analytics products that are fast, and structured. Mass amounts of data can be processed with little time, little cost, while creating simple and interactive data visualizations.
Orchrd is a Tampa Bay-based edtech company with two notable products. The first, Class, is a powerful analytics platform for teachers. The second, NoteBear, is a collaboration platform for students to buy and sell notes and tutoring.
The PreferHired online platform is enabled by people, powered by technology and accessible to everyone. It’s where the world can go to hire, refer a friend and find a job.
Record Rescue provide a single point-of-contact for medical records retrieval and focus on small to mid-sized plaintiff firms. Their secure cloud-based platform makes ordering easier than ever.
Rx Live is a concierge telehealth service that connects patients and expert pharmacists in a secure, private and personal way.
SimpleShowing is a trusted platform geared towards savvy home buyers and sellers. With expert, licensed agents, a dedicated customer service team, state of the art technology and a fast-growing list of clients, SimpleShowing is changing the way buyers and sellers use real estate services.
SimplyReliable has built two quality products for custom installers. SmartOffice, the first product, is the only cloud based project management software developed for the custom integrator, by custom integrators. And Design Machine, the second product, uses a patented process to easily create great drawings and documentation.
The Verapy platform is a game-changer in creating full flexibility of the rehabilitation process for the therapist. Their software ensures full engagement between patients and therapist throughout the entire cycle of the therapy.
Wabi Social is the breakthrough new dating app that cuts through the red tape to find better matches for a fun, safe, quality connection that is flexible with your schedule.
Not only is this a great representation of the diversity in the startup ecosystem, some of the startups in this year’s cohort are already revenue positive over $1 million dollars. The Tampa Bay Business Journal reports that 180byTwo, a data analytics company has already had over $1 million dollars in sales. Another data analytics startup, Inzata has drawn more than $2 million in investment, while Simply Reliable has raised $2 million in venture capital.