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Business Observer Friday, Nov. 13, 2009 11 years ago

Tech start-ups recognized

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Five Tampa Bay-area technology entrepreneurs won support from the STAR Technology Enterprise Center, or STAR TEC, this week and will be getting office space and branding support from the organization.

Tech start-ups recognized by STAR TEC


Five Tampa Bay-area technology entrepreneurs won support from the STAR Technology Enterprise Center, or STAR TEC, this week and will be getting office space and branding support from the organization.


Winning ideas included:


• Head of Lettuce, an IT outsourcing company that takes on all social media dispatch for its clients. That means operating Twitter and Facebook accounts, as well as maintaining a presence on company blogs;


• VivaVidi, a video storage service that takes VHS tapes onto a secure online server, making home videos available to clients anywhere they have an internet connection;


• EA Toolkit, an information technology specialist that aims to organize a client's network infrastructure (the tech on this one even went over Coffee Talk's head);


• CitiSync, a web-based service aiming to coordinate college students' schedules with events and specials in a campus downtown area;


• My OSCARR, a company that will install coupon-printing kiosks on-site in grocery stores and retailers, improving use rates and decreasing print costs for coupon distributors.


The event put on by STAR TEC at the Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College aimed to help entrepreneurs develop an “elevator pitch” to sell their company idea to prospective investors with a 90-second speech.


As a member of the event's recruitment committee, Ken Evans said the focus was on developing a community-driven network of innovators. Evans said STAR TEC was likely to hold additional events of a similar nature in the near future.

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