I  Tampa Bay Innovation Center


     Office Locations:

501 1st Ave N, Suite 901
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: 727-547-7340
Fax: 727-547-7350



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Software & Internet



    Tampa Bay Innovation Center (TBIC) supports entrepreneurial success, fosters the creation of high-tech jobs and develops new sources of technology and manufacturing capabilities by nurturing early stage ventures as they grow and launch their products into the marketplace. Through its TEC Garage, the Innovation Center offers programs that are tailored to the innovator/entrepreneur and address business intelligence, planning and business formation, strategy execution and technology transition. TBIC will partner with Pinellas County and the City of St. Petersburg to conceive and operate a major new business incubator. Companies interested in becoming an Incubator client must meet the following criteria: a researched, viable technology and located in the Tampa Bay region. TBIC is managed by STAR-TEC Enterprises, Inc., a not-for-profit Florida corporation whose goal is to foster jobs and promote economic development through assistance and support programs. The firm has been Leading the Innovation and Entrepreneurial Community for 17+ years.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Christopher Paradies Chair
    Joan Sacco Administrative Asst.
    Ken Evans Managing Director, Accelerator
    Mary Rodriguez Gort Client Services Manager
    Tonya Elmore President and CEO


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