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Business Observer Monday, Nov. 20, 2017 3 years ago

Tech support: Accelerator boosts 13 startups

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Tampa Bay Wave received 100 applications for nationally recognized initiative.

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Wave Inc., a nonprofit that helps Tampa Bay entrepreneurs build, launch and grow tech businesses, has selected 13 new startups for its Accelerator Build cohort.

The cohort features startups in the health tech, consumer tech, educational tech, Big Data and enterprise tech verticals.

According to a press release, Tampa Bay Wave received 100 applications — the most ever — for the nationally recognized accelerator program, which is designed to help accelerator companies advance their startup to the next phase within 6 to 12 months.

“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.”

Among the 13 new cohort members, seven have women co-founders, six have minority co-founders and three have veteran co-founders. According to the release, eight of the startups are already generating revenue.

The 13 companies selected for the program include 180byTwo, Anchor, Course Align, Data & Sons, Inzata, Orchrd, Preferhired, Records Rescue, RxLive, Simply Reliable, SimpleShowing, Verapy and Wabi Social.

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