The Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC), established in December 2014, unlocks Hillsborough County’s growth potential
and helps strengthen the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. The ECC serves as a common location for local business owners to find
Centrally Located | Free, Convenient Parking | State of the Art Technology | Multiple Conference Rooms & Collaborative Space
WiFi Access | Aquous Boards & Chromecast Capability | Dry Erase | Resource Area for Business Planning
Within the ECC, budding and experienced entrepreneurs will find shared space and resources for community partners engaged in assisting entrepreneurs; one-on-one consulting, classes, mentoring, events, and networking opportunities; and ECC-hosted online resources, calendars, scheduling and co-operative events.
• 75+ service providers, non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies utilize the state-of-the-art facility to meet with their clients, network, and conduct training sessions and meetings, all serving and growing the entrepreneur ecosystem.
• Home of Operation Start-Up (OPSU), a collaborative effort between Hillsborough Community College and Hillsborough County to provide Veteran Entrepreneurs dedicated work space as well as receive free resources to start their business.
• Host of 1 Million Cups, a weekly, national program funded by the Kauffman Foundation that provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their new business concept and receive feedback from the community. Tampa hosts the largest chapter in the Southeast.
»» 200+ presenters since launch in February, 2015
»» Surveys of past presenters have reported a 47% increase in revenue since their presentation
»» Surveys of past presenters have reported 20% have hired additional employees since their presentation
•Celebrated one year for both the ECC (December 2015) and 1 Million Cups Tampa (February 2016)
•Selected as the location for Ice House Entrepreneurship Facilitator Training Program National Conference (February 2016)
•Recognized in Tampa Bay Business Journal for 2016 Business Awards – Best Accelerator Program
•Recognized by Turner School of Construction Management and Florida Minority Supplier Diversity Council for hosting their 2016 Construction Academy
•Operate the largest 1 Million Cups in Southeast Region. A total of 90+ chapters exist in the United States
•1 Million Cups Tampa – Kauffman Foundation
•FSBDC at Hillsborough County Business Workshops/Consulting
•Operation Start-Up Programs and Workshops for Veterans
•Hillsborough County Public Library System Programs including 3D printing, Photoshop, research, marketing
•Black Heritage Festival – Financing Your Business
•Hispanic Business Start-Up Week
•Arts Council – Business Side of Art
•Entrepreneur Leadership Academy – High School Entrepreneur Program
•Hillsborough Community College Entrepreneur Program
•University of Tampa Entrepreneur Program
•Hispanic Business Tech Academy
•Hispanic Business Initiative (HBIF) Workshops/Consulting
•Ice House Entrepreneurship Training Program National Conference
•Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) Workshops/Consulting
•FIRST/Vista Robotics Team
•Business Pitch Competitions
•Tampa Innovation Alliance Planning Meetings