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Business accelerator launches data-focused program for startups

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The new ARK Innovation Center will serve as a startup incubator facility when it opens in October.
The new ARK Innovation Center will serve as a startup incubator facility when it opens in October.
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Data is the focus of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s next startup accelerator program. 

While the application process has already begun, and will continue through July 30, the program won’t start until mid-August. TBIC, an early-stage tech incubator headquartered in St. Petersburg, is hosting the program to help startups develop products that make collecting, analyzing or monetizing large sources of data easier. 

The program, according to a statement, is set up for early stage founders who are currently creating solutions for working with large data sets. Applicants have to be a scalable business-to-business or business-to-government tech venture that’s been in operation for at least six months and have raised $1 million in capital. 

“There have been many exciting announcements recently in the world of data science and AI, but the industry has barely dipped its toe into the next wave of innovation, and there is so much opportunity to have a positive impact on all aspects of life, including transportation, scientific research, business operations, customer service and many others,” Ken Evans, accelerator managing director, says in the release. 

The program will run from Aug. 9 through Oct. 25 with weekly group workshops scheduled as well as one-on-one mentoring. 

“We are excited to provide this new program which, given the interest in data analytics and artificial intelligence, we expect will be highly sought after by companies bringing new products to market,” Chris Paradies, TBIC chair, says in the release. For more information and to apply, visit

TBIC, in partnership with the Federal Economic Development Administration, Pinellas County and the city of St. Petersburg, are creating a 45,000-square-foot startup incubator facility that will be located in the St. Petersburg Innovation District, a neighborhood south of downtown. The facility, which will be called ARK Innovation Center as St. Petersburg-based investment firm ARK Invest is the title sponsor, is expected to open on or before Oct. 1.  


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