There is an entrepreneurial frenzy taking place throughout Tampa Bay! Fortunately, we have the resources and talent right here in our backyards positioned to support the development, funding, launch, and expansion of these home grown ideas.
One of the most under utilized resources are the FREE maker spaces at many of our libraries. We all have access to FREE videography equipment and studios, 3D Printers and education, top of the line audio recording and editing equipment for podcasting or other recording need, and so much more. (See details below)
Our communities are collaborating like never before. Great ideas don’t recognize traffic or bridges, all want is the proper nurturing.
No excuses! If you have something awesome in your head get it down on paper and get involved.
Operation Startup– https://www.operation-startup.com/
Operation Startup is a business actuator serving early-stage entrepreneurs who may have not yet fully developed their business ideas and strategies, or have reached a plateau in their business they are struggling to surmount.
The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator– http://www.fiba.io/
Launched in 2016 by the Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator (FIBA) is a technology accelerator designed to establish and grow successful, high-growth tech ventures in the Tampa Bay area.
Their primary goal is to help best in breed hi-tech companies scale and reach their full growth potential in the United States. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator is designed to meet the needs of mature companies, ready to enter the U.S. market. The Florida-Israel Business Accelerator provides deep industry expertise and curated access to an ever-expanding group of industry experts, major corporations, key suppliers and a syndicate of potential investors.
Tampa Bay Technology Forum– https://tbtf.org/
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s mission is to empower Florida’s largest and fastest growing tech hub.
Clearwater Business Spark– https://www.clearwaterbusinessspark.com/
Clearwater Business SPARK is a network to support businesses and entrepreneurs in every stage of development so that you may easily identify and obtain the resources needed for you to grow in the greater Clearwater area.
Assistance is delivered through a consortium of public and private partners, operating out of separate facilities, but working together to facilitate entrepreneurial, creative and small business development.
Clearwater Public Library- http://www.myclearwaterlibrary.com/
The Clearwater Public Library System’s Maker Studios are comprised of hands-on learning and experimentation spaces where community members can design, prototype, and create works using library equipment, software and shared resources.
The studios are free and open to the public.
No library card required!
-Creation Studio for Arts & Design
-Discovery Studio of Creative Learning
-Innovation Studio of Technology & Business (includes the Multimedia Studio)
-Heritage Studio of Community Memory
The collection of four Studios located on separate floors of the Main Library in downtown Clearwater offer classes, drop-in sessions and one-on-one training for all ages and interests. The Studios@Main offer many options for you to explore and develop interests in arts, science and technology, entrepreneurship and small business and local history. At the Studios you are encouraged to explore new skills and experiment.
The first Maker Studio located at a Clearwater Public Library branch location, the Studio@Countryside can be reserved for public use and offers access to computers with digital arts, video and audio post-production and office productivity software.
The Hive- http://hcplc.org/hcplc/services/hive.html
The Hive is a public makerspace, offering unique tools, activities, and events for hands-on learning at your library. All you need is a valid Hillsborough County Public Library card!
The Hive features bookable spaces and equipment and offers innovative, creative programs and open learning labs for the public. Guests must have a valid Hillsborough County Public Library card to schedule use of bookable spaces and equipment.
International Businesss Innovation Association– https://inbia.org/
InBIA is a global non profit organization that has welcomed and supported entrepreneurial organizations for over 30 years. Serving a diverse group of entrepreneurship centers, program managers, directors and policymakers, we help guide, mentor and develop sustainable entrepreneur support programs in every industry and demographic around the globe. Our goal is to enrich the entire ecosystem by providing industry resources, education, events and global programming to help our members better serve the needs of their unique communities and regions. Our mission is to help communities enable their entrepreneurs transform their dreams into innovative businesses that make global prosperity a reality.
USF Center for Entrepreneurship– http://www.usf.edu/entrepreneurship/
The USF Center for Entrepreneurship is a nationally ranked, campus-wide, interdisciplinary center located in the Muma College of Business. Since its founding in 2002, It has developed as a partnership with the Muma College of Business, USF Health, the College of Arts and Science, the College of Engineering, and the Patel College for Global Sustainability. It operates, in partnership with USF CONNECT, the USF Student Innovation Incubator founded in 2013. The Center provides professional connections for students with the Tampa Bay business community.
The Lowth Entrepreneurship Center– http://www.ut.edu/entrepreneurcenter/
The John P. Lowth Entrepreneurship Center in the Sykes College of Business teaches skills that are critical for today’s entrepreneur. Learning to identify opportunities, prepare executable business plans and hone skills through a combination of classroom study and applied learning, makes our program unique. Entrepreneurship education is the fastest growing field of study in the United States, with entrepreneurs projected to be the group that creates vigorous and sustained economic development worldwide.
Tampa Bay Wave– http://www.tampabaywave.org/
Tampa Bay Wave started in 2008 by a group motivated to build a community-driven nonprofit organization that supports the success of Tampa Bay’s tech entrepreneurs and the innovative businesses they are building. What started as a peer group for local entrepreneurs is now a leading tech accelerator in Tampa Bay that supports over 150 tech startups and 250 entrepreneurs. The group is driven by a mission to help Tampa Bay’s tech entrepreneurs build the future of technology in Tampa Bay and in the world.
Entrepreneurship Colaboration Center– https://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/locations/entrepreneur-collaborative-center
The Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC) was established by the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department in 2014 to provide entrepreneurs easy access to business service providers, resources, mentorship, and specialty training. Services are provided for each businesses’ unique stage of development and business category: pre-venture, start-up, micro-enterprise, small-to-mid-size enterprise, community-based, targeted industry, technology and innovation, and more.
Greenhouse St. Pete– https://stpetegreenhouse.com/
The Greenhouse is St. Petersburg’s front-door to business growth, providing business owners and entrepreneurs with the education, resources and assistance necessary to thrive in the local economy. Comprised of an expert team from the City of St. Petersburg and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, along with a wide network of partners, we are committed to the economic growth and development of St. Petersburg’s economy.
1 Million Cups (St. Pete & Tampa)- https://www.1millioncups.com/stpete – https://www.1millioncups.com/tampa
Based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee, the Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups – a free program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs with their communities.
Tec Garage– http://www.tecgarage.org/
TEC Garage is unique in many ways. All clients meet weekly with a dedicated on-staff coach who has been specifically selected to meet their needs. As part of your team, we are focused completely on getting you to the level of success you are striving for. And our location can’t be beat – in the center of St. Petersburg’s thriving business and innovation district, with easy access to beautiful waterfront parks, restaurants, craft breweries and entertainment.
Spark Growth– http://sparkgrowth.net/
Spark Growth is highly experienced at identifying value propositions and isolating problems, and in designing customized solutions to help you grow. As growth consultants – our connections, resources and experience provide a unique vantage point for innovation and creative problem-solving service offerings.
Pasco EDC Smartstart– http://pascoedc.com/incubator
The SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator is an innovative strategy program to engage entrepreneurs, grow new businesses, and create job opportunities in Pasco County. The incubator provides direct opportunities for local business professionals, students, and faculty to work with and support entrepreneurs.
Digital Den– http://www.myseminole.com/get_artsy_digital.html
Seminole has opened its “Digital Den,” a state-of-the-art digital arts studio that’s the first of its kind in a municipal recreation setting.
The Innovation Lab– http://spcilab.tumblr.com/
The Innovation Lab [Makerspace @ SPC] is a collaborative learning space dedicated to dreaming, thinking, and creating.
Englewood Incubation Center– http://www.englewoodincubationcenter.org/
Innovation has always been the back bone of the American economic engine. New ideas, designs and processes in all disciplines have almost always come from the U.S. However, in the past twenty years the innovation pendulum has swung over the Pacific and Atlantic to Asia and the Eurozone….and we are quickly getting behind.
The role of the Englewood Incubation Center is to offer opportunities to individuals who have a vision and need some place or some organization to make that vision a reality. This will be accomplished by both working closely with the educational systems and those young students who require someone to help them connect their specific skill sets with the commercial world.
Prospera (formerly the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida or HBIF) is an economic development, nonprofit organization specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business.
St. Pete Makers– http://www.stpetemakers.org/
St. Pete Makers is part of a growing global makerspace movement that is based on collaboration. We provide an opportunity for creators to connect with each other and with the larger community. They are a collection of builders, makers, and artists. They promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics by providing resources, teaching classes, and participating in events.
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