The Tampa region, even with all the recent accolades for job creation, posted a mediocre score in the 2017 Kaufmann Index Startup Activity Report.
From the Ewing Marion Kaufmann Foundation, the survey looked at the rate of new entrepreneurs per 100,000 adults; the rate of entrepreneurs who launched a business out of opportunity; and startup density, the rate of startups per 1,000 businesses.
The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater MSA ranked No. 18 out of the 40 largest metro areas nationwide in the overall rankings, tied with Cincinnati-Middletown. The Tampa region's rate of entrepreneurs per 100,000 adults was 0.34%, while its opportunity for share for new entrepreneurs was 74.69%. The area scored an 89 in startup density.
By comparison, Miami — which ranked No. 1 on the overall list — posted a 0.56% rate of entrepreneurs per 100,000 adults, an 81.09% opportunity share and a 107.8 startup density score. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach MSA moved up one spot in 2017 over the 2016 survey, flipping places with Austin, Texas.
The news on a national level, at least for startup activity, is brighter: the rate has increased three years in a row, the report shows, getting back to where it was before the recession.