I  Tampa Bay WaVE


     Office Locations:

500 E Kennedy Blvd, 3rd floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 866-928-3066



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    Founded in 2008, Tampa Bay WaVE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting ~150 different local technology ventures. Thanks to a $1 million grant awarded by the U.S. Dept of Commerce in 2012, WaVE operates a 16,000 sq/ft incubator and coworking space, as well as a business accelerator program that provides professional mentoring, education and other resources to local tech startups. The FirstWaVE Accelerator is a business accelerator program focused on early stage technology startups. The program provides local entrepreneurs and their tech ventures with facilitated access to the resources, education, expertise, talent and capital they need to create innovation-based companies that will be the foundation for economic growth in the Tampa Bay region. The FirstWaVE Accelerator program is modeled after a BUILD-LAUNCH-GROW framework, where FirstWaVE matches entrepreneurs to the resources they need when they need them. FirstWaVE accepts companies into the program at any stage with the goal of helping the companies progress to the next stage within 6 to 12 months. Participants receive access to the FirstWaVE Investor Network, and invitations to closed door business pitches with investors.

    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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    Allen Clary Investor Relations Director
    Dee Garcia Director of Development
    Linda Olson President/CEO


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