Innovation Hub USA

Graphite GTC – No-Code Application Development

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PHILADELPHIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN A HUB FOR INNOVATION. FROM THE “INVENTION” OF THE US REPUBLIC TO STREETLIGHTS, REVOLVING DOORS, AND THE FIRST COMPUTER (ENIAC), THE SPIRIT OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CONTINUES TO SPUR THE PROGRESS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

Today, the Philadelphia region boasts some of the leading companies in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR) and Low-Code/No-Code Development. One such company is Graphite GTC.

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Graphite GTC was founded in Philadelphia, in 2012 by two lifelong friends who started their careers sharing a cubicle in 1993 and developed a shared vision. Chris Gali and Chris Doggett’s vision was to reduce software development time and not sacrifice quality. They started their partnership, out of their homes, in 1998 with the creation of their first company, AdminServer. Later moving into office space near the Philadelphia Airport, they grew the company steadily for 10 years, eventually garnering the attention of Oracle  corporation, which acquired AdminServer for $125M in 2008.

During “the Chris’” non-compete period, they turned their attention to Philadelphia eateries starting the nationally acclaimed “Franklin Mortgage and Investment, a speakeasy” and the “Upstairs at the Franklin, a tiki bar” in Rittenhouse Square. Having successfully created a software development platform that produced high-quality code, they then focused on removing friction between software developers and business users to create a seamless development experience.

During their AdminServer days, they identified recurring pain points in software development methods adopted as an industry “standard”. These methods are a frustrating iterative process where corporate IT creates requirements in a silo, developers create an application in a silo, and then the application is critiqued and edited in a silo. This process repeats until requirements are finally met, or funding is exhausted. Gali and Doggett believed a collaborative, integrated process could efficiently replace the iterative process, and produce better results, faster.

Graphite GTC was founded in 2012, again in Philadelphia, to address these pain points. Gali and Doggett set out to create a platform that would actively foster collaboration between business users and IT, developing an enterprise application with uncompromising quality. Not surprisingly, one of the outcomes was a vast reduction in time to market. The Graphite GTC team of engineers and business professionals spent several years designing and crafting Graphite Studio. By 2015 the platform was ready for the market. This innovative platform is a thoughtful and complete graphical development environment designed to give customers a better approach to delivering and developing the best web applications.

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By using shapes, Graphite Studio enables users to create complex back-end processes through the use of easy to understand flowcharts. Eliminating the need for multiple complex languages in the development process, Graphite Studio opens the doors for collaboration between IT and business users. Graphite Studio benefits have been proven to provide lower cost development, delivered in a shorter time frame with industry-leading reliability and security.

Now located in Bryn Mawr, PA, just outside of Philadelphia, Graphite GTC continues to foster innovation and continuously improve their product. Graphite GTC currently works with Systems Integrators, Commercial Organizations, and Regulated Industries to provide them with the innovation and benefits of Graphite Studio.

1022 East Lancaster Ave.,
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Phone: 215.395.6311
www.graphitegtc.com

ROBOTICON TAMPA BAY – STEAM POWERED SPORT FOR THE MIND!

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STEAM POWERED SPORT FOR THE MIND!

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ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is a high energy K-12 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Manufacturing) showcase and FIRST Robotics Competition off-season event organized by Eureka! Factory, a Tampa company specializing in educational and creative event and program development. ROBOTICON is produced in collaboration with the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation, a non-profit educational organization, in partnership with the University of South Florida and Hillsborough County, Florida, with live event coverage by PLuGHiTz Live of Largo, Florida.

The mission of ROBOTICON is to increase public awareness of and engagement in the power of hands-on, mentor-driven youth engineering and robotics programs like FIRST, and to provide participating youth with a low stress, high-quality, competitive event with opportunities for skill building, networking, and college and career readiness experiences. The free event, which draws over 3,000 people each year, started in 2013 and had been held at the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome Arena since 2016.

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay provides students and guests with an  opportunity to enjoy a full-scale FIRST Robotics Competition event featuring high school student built robots that weigh up to 120 lbs., as well as companion programs for youth in elementary through middle school. Guests can tour Team Pits to see team members working on their robots, and have a chance to talk to students. Visit the Innovation Fair to enjoy STEAM demos, vendors and organizations; learn about the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) and about technical, industrial, and science careers and college opportunities.

Through ROBOTICON:
• Participating competition teams become prepared for their new season.
• New scholarship providers and team sponsors are identified
• $60,000 – $80,000 is invested into the local economy as a result of the event each year, including hotel rooms, dining, shopping, and event production.

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ROBOTICON annually features:
• FIRST Robotics Competition off-season competition
• K-12 FIRST scrimmages and program workshops
• University of South Florida Engineering Showcase
• STEAM Fair with drones, industrial robotics and more
• Science & Tech workshops

ROBOTICON Tampa Bay is leveraging the private sector and the vast resources Tampa Bay already offers, to create a unique event that maximizes all our academic and business communities have to offer. Bringing industry leading experts from local businesses, startup accelerators, and the educational system together to share their talents, collaborate on ideas, and plan for the future with those who will be driving the future – students. Teams from around Tampa Bay, Florida, the nation and international teams are invited to join in the fun and learning each October in Tampa!

In 2019, ROBOTICON is also launching a new post-high school competitive robotics platform called NEXT, developed by the PLuGHiTz Corporation with Tampa Bay FIRST Alumni.

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Contact: Steve Willingham – Steve@WillinghamLLC.com
Parent organization: Eureka! Factory (EurekaFactory.net) in partnership
with the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FFCDI.org)
ROBOTICON on FIRST Looks: 2017 Interviews: http://plughitzlive.com/
events/54-roboticon-tampa-bay-2017.html
ROBOTICON 2017 video from USF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTev59LAEps


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Twitter: RoboticonTampa
Facebook: RoboticonTampaBay

OCCAM TECHNOLOGY GROUP – an Engineering Design and Development Firm

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OCCAM TECHNOLOGY GROUP WAS FOUNDED IN 1999 AS A MEDICAL DEVICE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY.

Today, the company is a full-service global contract engineering design and development firm with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and commercial enterprises to universities and entrepreneurs.

Through creative and effective problem solving, Occam Technology Group helps companies at any stage of the development lifecycle with expertise ranging from embedded systems engineering to design and development services for products, medical devices and IoT solutions as well as secure system design. Its team of specialized engineers brings unique and multidisciplinary skills to the table, including software, mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering, and can take products from initial concept through software and hardware design, verification and validation, quality, prototyping, and simulation.

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As part of the greater Tampa Bay community and with its offices located within the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the company has been involved in many areas of the city’s growing technology landscape. In 2017, Raymond Carr, the company’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, was awarded Technology Executive of the Year at the 14th Annual Tampa Bay TechAwards. Through Ray’s guidance and a fully dedicated team, the company was able to develop a groundbreaking class III medical device, the bionic pancreas. In February 2018, the firm officially entered the Internet of Things (IoT) product market with its offering of LPWANfocused products under the OccamSmart brand, which includes the mPCIe Smart Gateway Card, the 8-Channel RF Concentrator, an Uplink Protocol Analyzer and a fully functional LoRaWAN stack launched on the Google Cloud Platform. Occam Technology Group entering the product market comes as a result of two years of internal research and development, and as a realization of the growing need for IoT infrastructures.

OCCAM Founder CTO Ray Carr

“In 2017, Raymond Carr, the company’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, was awarded Technology Executive of the Year at the 14th Annual Tampa BayTech Awards.”

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Spreading the love for technology is also a big part of Occam Technology Group’s mission. Through the Occam STEM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders, the company encourages future engineers to develop a passion for STEM careers at a young age and helps maintain their interest in these fields throughout their lives and careers. The Occam STEM Foundation supports the encouragement and mentoring of elementary, middle, high school and college students such as the local VEX Robotics Florida State Champion team, the 6430 Trinity Dragons, as well as other teams throughout the country. The foundation is also working closely with the University of South Florida College of Education in organizing a summer workshop to help train high school STEM teachers on IoT technologies which can then be taken back to the classroom to further broaden student STEM experiences in new, cutting-edge technologies.

Additionally, through the USF IT Department and USF College of  engineering, Occam Technology Group has donated and installed a Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) on the USF Tampa Campus. It creates a “wall-less” IoT laboratory intended to benefit the real-world, hands-on research, development and deployment of IoT technologies across all academic disciplines.

With active involvement in the Tampa Bay community and a team that is passionate about the company’s mission, Occam Technology Group is honored to be part of one of the fastest-growing tech hub regions in the US.

Occam Technology Group – Contact Information
124 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Email: info@occamtechgroup.com
Phone: +1 844 622 2663
Linkedin: occam-technology-group/
Twitter: @occamtechgroup
www.occamtechgroup.com

Wildbit – More Than Just a Software Company

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MORE THAN A COMPANY

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Since its inception in 2000, Wildbit has fostered a work culture with values that divert from those of a traditional company. It is self-funded, remote-friendly, and intentionally small with a healthy, people-first approach to its products and its team. And while most companies its size have one product, Wildbit has three: Beanstalk, a workflow for version control and deploying code; Postmark, a transactional email delivery service; and Conveyor, a new workflow for developing and shipping web applications.

During the past 17 years, Wildbit has transformed itself from a tiny web design consultancy into a small, but profitable software company with fiercely loyal customers around the world. That Wildbit has managed to grow into a thriving and debt-free business while maintaining a tightly-knit team with little turnover is no accident. Because Wildbit is self-funded, it doesn’t deal with pressure from investors to grow at a pace that could be detrimental to the health of its team and its products. It has only itself to guide it. This independence allows Wildbit to listen to its customers and satisfy their needs first. It also means it can consider the needs of its team and take its time hiring. Without the obligation to hire quickly, Wildbit can be more selective about who it hires and from where.

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A little less than half of the team works out of the Wildbit office located in Old City, Philadelphia, while the rest of the team works remotely from locations spanning from Novi Sad, Serbia to Portland, Oregon. Being able to hire from anywhere means that Wildbit can select from a more diverse pool of applicants than most other companies, without the limitation of time zones or even countries. Although Wildbit has a physical office space, all of its employees have the option to work remotely.

For those who do work in the Philadelphia office, Wildbit offers some non-traditional perks, including chef-prepared team lunches, a playroom for kids, and plenty of casual seating areas for visitors and informal hangouts. One of the most unusual perks is the design of the office itself. While many companies have adopted an open-office floor plan, Wildbit has private offices with doors that shut. So whether working from the office or home, Wildbit employees have access to quiet spaces from where they can do their best work. Wildbit’s remote culture influenced this choice as it encourages asynchronous communication among its team regardless of location.

Having a mostly remote team isn’t without challenges though. For folks who work in an office, having people around to interact with is taken for granted. But for those who work remotely, that same kind of interaction requires a deliberate effort. To ensure everyone gets face-time with each other, Wildbit uses video calls for their meetings. To encourage the team to get to know each other better, Wildbit uses weekly check-ins to ask how everyone’s weekend went or to solicit reading or music recommendations. Also, the entire company gets together for a week-long retreat every year. These interactions, whether virtual or in-person, are imperative for strengthening relationships and reinforcing the company’s values, the most important of which is that Wildbit exists for its team.

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225 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
info@wildbit.com
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twitter.com/wildbit

Science Center – Experiment Today. Change Tomorrow

THE UNIVERSITY CITY SCIENCE CENTER
THE UNIVERSITY CITY SCIENCE CENTER

EXPERIMENT TODAY. CHANGE TOMORROW.

A BETTER WAY TO HELP DIAGNOSE ALZHEIMER’S, A SAFER FOOD SUPPLY, LOW-COST BREAST CANCER DETECTION. THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE DISCOVERIES THE UNIVERSITY CITY SCIENCE CENTER SUPPORTS.

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We’re helping entrepreneurs and scientists tackle the scientific and technological challenges of tomorrow and bring world changing discoveries to life.

With resources and programming for any stage of a business’s life cycle, the Science Center has a 50+-year track record helping scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO (Initial Public Offering) – and beyond

Our technology commercialization and entrepreneurial support programs facilitate  connections, foster collaboration and provide the capital that help innovators turn flashes of inspiration into thriving businesses.

And the recipe works. Graduate firms and current residents of the Science Center drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually.

As part of a vibrant city and region with world-class science and innovation assets, we’re proud to call Philadelphia home. As Center City moves west towards our location in the heart of University City, our uCity Square neighborhood is a dynamic community where entrepreneurs and experts connect, collaborate, challenge one another and thrive.

Here is a small sample of the companies we support and serve:

Avid Radiopharmaceuticals is a pioneer in the development of molecular imaging diagnostics and biomarkers that improve global health by accelerating the development of new medicines and enabling a tailored approach to healthcare. The Science Center has flexibly accommodated the growth of Avid as its portfolio and mission has advanced and expanded. Acquired by Eli Lilly & Company in 2010, Avid operates out of uCity Square as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global pharmaceutical company.

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Invisible Sentinel Inc. is a global molecular solutions company dedicated to providing first-in-class microbial detection tools that empower its clients to make the safest and highest quality products. Established in 2006 at the Science Center, the company has developed dozens of detection tools for use by food and beverage manufacturers, premium wineries, breweries, and third-party testing labs in the US and internationally. The Science Center helped facilitate Invisible Sentinel’s growth by providing technical resources and the industry access needed to grow the company from concept to commercialization. Invisible Sentinel regards its uCity Square location amidst a pool of talent and mentors as “the epicenter of biotechnology in the Philadelphia region.”

UE LifeSciences is revolutionizing cancer treatment and giving women who typically do not have access to early breast cancer detection a fighting chance. Their hand-held device can be used by community health providers to detect stiffer/harder breast tumors, which may be cancerous. CEO Mihir Shah leveraged two of the Science Center’s technology commercialization programs to bring the device to market. UE LifeSciences licensed the technology behind the company’s product, iBreastExam, from Drexel University where engineering professors Drs. Wan and Wei-Heng Shih developed the sensor technology after receiving a grant from the Science Center’s QED proof-of-concept program. With the help of the Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator, UE LifeSciences took what was a great university invention and turned it into a commercial-grade medical device.
In partnership with GE Healthcare, iBreastExam is now marketed in several countries across Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa.

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University City Science Center
3675 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-966-6000 | www.sciencecenter.org | @UCScienceCenter

Florida High Tech Corridor – Growing High Tech Industry & Innovation

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THE FLORIDA HIGH TECH CORRIDOR COUNCIL

THE FLORIDA HIGH TECH CORRIDOR COUNCIL

THE FLORIDA HIGH TECH CORRIDOR COUNCIL (THE CORRIDOR) IS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE OF THREE OF THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS – THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (UCF), THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (UF) – CREATED TO GROW HIGH TECH INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION IN A 23-COUNTY REGION.

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Established in 1996 to help diversify Florida’s economy by enabling the growth of high tech industry, The Corridor is the product of a collaborative spirit rarely found in environments where economic development entities are naturally in competition. It emerged from the vision of UCF President, Emeritus John Hitt, and a partnership with USF’s Past President, Betty Castor, and grew to include the partnership of UF’s Past President, Bernie Machen. Through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship, its founders believed The Corridor could transform the region and state’s economic landscape to ensure long-term prosperity. They were right.

Today, led by current presidents of the three universities who serve as Council co-chairs – UCF President, Dale Whittaker, USF President, Judy Genshaft, and UF President, Kent Fuchs – it continues to exemplify the motto: “Leave your logos and your egos at the door.”

Its cornerstone Matching Grants Research Program fosters relationships between the universities and high tech industry, engaging dozens of companies from across the region every year in the development of commercially applicable technologies. Research grants have benefited more than 370 companies working alongside more than 400 faculty members and 2,900 students – many of whom went on to work for their industry research partners. With matches of corporate cash and in-kind investments, Corridor funds have generated over $1 billion in downstream impacts.

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Perhaps more meaningful than economic impacts, however, is the program’s impact on thousands of lives through resulting breakthroughs. For example, The Corridor facilitated partnerships for Sanford’s .decimal with researchers from UCF and UF who helped the company refine its cancer treatment devices, which have now served over 67,000 patients.

The Corridor has also touched thousands in its efforts to strengthen the talent pipeline. Its educational program, stemCONNECT, has reached over 5,000 middle school and high school students with virtual demonstrations by experts in various high tech careers. Additionally, its Talent Forum annually brings together university career center directors from around the country and industry professionals to establish relationships for the ongoing exchange of job leads and talent referrals.

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The Corridor also fosters the growth of new business opportunities as a major supporter of the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, an online directory of business resources and community of over 600 entrepreneurs across Florida, as well as incubation programs at its three universities, which annually rank among the nation’s best.

A proven breeding ground for innovation, The Corridor has been recognized by two U.S. presidents and numerous scientific and economic development organizations. The International Economic Development Council named The Corridor as “the best example in the world for what they do.” Its three research institutions continually rank among the top 100 universities worldwide granted U.S. utility patents.

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Visit The Corridor at www.floridahightech.com,
follow on Facebook and Twitter at @FloridaHighTech
or search on Linkedin for “Florida High Tech Corridor Council.”

BRIDG – Bridging The Innovation Development Gap

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Located at NeoCity – a 500-acre master-planned intuitive community of innovation in Osceola County, less than 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and within a mile of the Florida Turnpike – BRIDG is a unique public-private partnership that is at the heart of a technology-based economic transformation currently taking place in Central Florida and positively impacting the entire region and state.

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As an industry-led, not-for-profit organization for advanced sensors, semiconductors, photonics and other advanced nanoscale systems, BRIDG provides research and development capabilities and infrastructure for manufacturing processes and materials geared toward system miniaturization and smart sensor innovation. 

BRIDG operates one of the most versatile 200mm microelectronics fabrication facilities in the world – a 109,000-square-foot building with nearly 60,000 square feet of laboratory/manufacturing space that includes two clean-rooms; one operating at Class 100 standards and the other at Class 10,000.

Focused on the innovative manufacture processes, materials and equipment for next-generation sensors and future high-tech products, BRIDG catalyzes to help bring high-value, quality jobs to Florida. As companies get products through the development cycle, BRIDG provides the necessary infrastructure – talent, equipment, background/foreground IP, etc. – to test ideas and concepts, acting as the bridge to product commercialization. In essence, BRIDG is the state-of-the-art “boutique” lab/fab facility open and flexible enough to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of technology and has space to accommodate a variety of partner-funded activities.

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BRIDG is enabled by investment from founding visionary partners – Osceola County, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council – as well as other partners including the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Florida International University, Harris Corporation, Siemens, Massey Services, imec, and many others.

With the combination of BRIDG, its partners, and the growth of many sectors of the high technology economy here in Central Florida, the region is steadily becoming recognized as THE place to be if you want to build or grow a high technology-based organization. BRIDG provides the physical infrastructure and collaborative processes to connect challenges and opportunities with solutions, thus “Bridging the Innovation Development Gap” that makes transformation possible.

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Learn more at www.GoBRIDG.com.

200 NeoCity Way
NeoCity, FL 34744
Office: 407-742-4253
@FollowBRIDG

Exterior photos credit: Seamus Payne courtesy of Skanska

Azavea – An Award-Winning Geospatial Software Development and Data Analysis Company

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Azavea

Azavea is an award-winning geospatial software development and data analysis company founded on the principles of public service, innovation, and impact.

We became a B Corporation in 2010 to recognize these principles. Our mission is to advance the state-of-the-art in geospatial technology and apply it for civic, social, and environmental impact. This is reflected in the projects we work on, how we treat one another, and the values we apply in our everyday operations.

Azavea’s software and data analysis work include a broad array of topics – water resources, public transit, elections, climate change, economic development, and transportation – and we serve a growing international client base. Our team includes software engineers, user experience (UX) designers, GIS analysts, data scientists, project managers, writers, product specialists, and administrative support.

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 As members of the global software ecosystem, we actively seek opportunities to share our work through open source software projects. In addition to contributions to other geospatial software projects, we release much of our own work as open source, including GeoTrellis for big geospatial data processing, Raster Foundry for analyzing Earth observation data, OpenTreeMap for urban ecosystems management, and DistrictBuilder for collaborative redistricting.

Azavea gives back in several other ways as well. In addition to donating a percentage of its profits each year, the firm helps the next generation of data analysts and software engineers through two mentorship programs: Summer of Maps and our Open Source Fellowship Program. Students receive a stipend and dedicated mentoring from Azavea staff over a twelve-week period each summer. Mentors describe the program as a rewarding experience that enables them to work with a diversity of students and give back to the community in a meaningful way, while students gain both a high quality first professional experience and an opportunity to work on projects with positive civic and social impact.

The principles of public service, innovation, and impact also extend to Azavea’s employee benefits program, which includes paid time off to vote, to volunteer for charitable organizations, and to contribute their skills to humanitarian relief efforts. A new monthly program, #HOTLunch, enables Azavea staff and other collaborators to volunteer their lunch breaks to create maps for the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) and Missing Maps projects. Volunteers map buildings, roads, and other features on satellite imagery that organizations will use to plan future disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts in communities around the world.

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990 Spring Garden Street, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Tel: 215-925-2600
www.azavea.com
Twitter: @azavea

TAMPA BAY WAVE – A FOCAL POINT OF TAMPA’S GROWING TECH STARTUP COMMUNITY

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“THE WAVE” AS IT HAS BECOME TO BE KNOWN, IS A FOCAL POINT OF TAMPA’S GROWING TECH STARTUP COMMUNITY.

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As a “by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs” non-profit, Tampa Bay WaVE’s mission is to help entrepreneurs build, launch and grow successful technology companies right here in Tampa Bay.

Through the diligent cultivation of entrepreneurs, technology talent and support from community and business leaders, Tampa Bay WaVE has created a unique ecosystem focused on collaborative pathways to success. The 10,000 square-foot inhabitants with all they need to focus on becoming Tampa Bay’s next breakout success. Oh, and not to mention the coffee bar, hammocks, foosball and open work environment that supports their distinctive culture.

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History

Tampa Bay WaVE began in 2008 as a meet-up of the CEOs and founders of local technology startups. Founder and current President, Linda Olson formed a community of leaders that came together regularly to solve problems and share ideas. The group continued to grow a they became more effective at providing solutions and resources to its members.

In 2011, after instituting some programming and organizing around a few key initiative, Tampa Bay WaVE formally established itself as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a focus on enabling Tampa Bay to support great technology startups.

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In 2012, Tampa Bay WaVE moved into downtown’s iconic Sykes Building while simultaneously raising $1M from the business community to support its efforts. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) matched these funds with a federal grant that same year.

In 2015, the EDA followed up on their commitment with a second grant that allowed the WaVE to continue their mission of helping entrepreneurs build successful technology ventures. Later that year, Tampa Bay WaVE relocated to their current space in the Sunshine Bank Building.

This new home effectively supports Tampa Bay WaVE’s mission by providing resources for co-working, workshops, a mentor network, as well as , a home for the FirstWaVEVenture Center and Accelerator Program.

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Today’s startup founders require a growing number of resources to support their success. Close Proximity and collaboration with other founders and CEOs is an invaluable part of this mix. The FirstWaVE Venture Center provides co-working opportunities with flexible, open office along with the access to resources and the community support that entrepreneurs need.

With the added value of workshops and networking events, the Venture Center is an affordable and valuable asset for businesses at any stage of growth.

The FirtsWaVE Accelerator

Tampa Bay WaVE’s FirstWaVE Accelerator delivers a hands-on program that moves startups from an idea to an investment-ready business in just ninety days. This program offers founders the counsel, connections, and the confidence of commitment that will allow them to thrive. This accelerator program is different by design and allows the bootstrap entrepreneur the chance to focus on their idea while maintaining 100% of their equity. With a nominal fee for participation, these founders invest in their idea with divesting their ownership.

The FirstWaVE Accelerator provides many additional support resources after the program like meaningful peer relationships build during the program along with beneficial connections to customers and capital.

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Community

WaVE is one the closest entrepreneurial communities in the Tampa Bay area – and growing more expansive every year.

Because helping entrepreneurs is at the heart of Tampa Bay WaVE’s mission, they will continue to expand their services to assure they are contributing value to the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial community. Whether it is more education, leadership and/or capital investment opportunities in Tampa Bay WaVe is committed to building companies and growing the Tampa Bay area’s ability to support a thriving technology business community.

TECHNOVA – An All-Volunteer Organization Devoted to Fostering Collaboration and Peer-to-Peer Education

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TechNova is an all-volunteer organization devoted to fostering collaboration and peer-to-peer education among startup founders, freelancers, and other grass-roots technology professionals in the Central Florida tech ecosystem.

Primarily known for two long-running events in the Tampa Bay area BarCamp and Ignite!, TechNova is a Florida-based 501(c)3 organized by individuals with decades of tech industry experience and a deeply held belief that our region’s economic health is tied to improving the talent pool of individuals driven by innovation.

Outside of the hosting of our signature events, TechNova’s leaders have initiatedmany other activities to support the growth of the tech ecosystem. From tech and business skills focused workshops, founder mentoring, co-working, hosting local entrepreneurial support events like the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneur Week andStartup Grind founder interviews to speaking at events all over the state in support of the Tampa Bay tech community.

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Ignite speakers challenge the status quo

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The Best Tech Minds and Startup Founders in Tampa Bay

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No Geek too young or old

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Participation is Its Own Reward

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Ignite Entertains and Informs

TechNova’s leadership is a driving force in the local Tampa Bay tech ecosystem frequently lobbying government officials, local journalist, and business community leaders on topics such as STEM education, workforce diversity, improvements to transit, and a move evolved view of economic development to make our region a top producer of innovation and tech talent.

Our signature event BarCamp is part of an international network of user-generated conferences primarily focused around emerging technology and the Internet. They are open, participatory workshop-type events, the content of which is provided by participants in what is called the “unconference” where topics are crowd sourced at the event to create a just-in-time agenda. Attendees then move from session to session picking the topics that most interest them. Past topics have included everything from software development, robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, social media, game development, and much more. Ever year bring new topics and new attendees who are many times inspired to give their own talk at future BarCamp events.

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Technova - Wrap-up Session at BarCamp 2015

Wrap-up Session at BarCamp 2015

The first BarCamp in Tamp Bay was held in 2008 and attracted just over 100 participants. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, BarCamp Tampa Bay typically draws 800 people covering a wide range of interests, professions, and ages. Unlike tech networking events, BarCamp attracts mostly practitioners and enthusiasts interested in hands-on skills and who motivated to develop new products and services based on emerging technologies and opportunities for solving problems thorough innovation.

Ignite! Tampa Bay, also organized and hosted by TechNova is a platform for expanding beyond just tech related topics of interest to include more community engagement, social entrepreneurship, and issues that impact everyone in the Tampa Bay region. The motto of this event is “Enlighten us, but make it quick.” Ignite is a series of speedy talks where presenters get just 20 slides, automatically advancing every 15 seconds to share their passion for some topic they feel deserves broader community support.The goal of the Ignite model of accelerated story telling is to help anyone anywhere learn to present their ideas & stories and to drive others in your community to get involved.

The result is a night of ~20 fast and fun presentations that lasts just 5 minutes but often leave the audience engaged to learn more and maybe even become an active advocate for a newfound cause.

Ignite talks occur in 350+ cities around the globe driven entirely by volunteers and passionate individuals that encourage active participation and change to make their communities more engaged and aware of the innovative programs, purposes, and people around them.

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Email: info@technovaflorida.org

TechNova: www.technonaflorida.org

BarCamp Tampa Bay: www.barcamptampabay.org

Ignite! Tampa Bay: www.ignitetampa.org