Tampa, FL (September 23, 2014) – Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing technology ventures in Tampa Bay, is adding five more technology startups to its roster at the FirstWaVE Venture Center and graduating six more to the next level of the accelerator. Both new and graduating companies were recognized during FirstWaVE’s Launch & Beyond Celebration, which was made possible by TriNet.
Six companies in the FirstWaVE Accelerator program have successfully completed the Build phase of the program where they have hit key growth milestones and are gaining traction in the market. These companies will now be entering the Launch phase where they will be provided more hands-on resources like extensive access to funding coaches, introductions to capital and various press and public relations opportunities to help the companies develop their long-term sales strategy over the next 12-18 months. The graduating companies include Drawer, Marbel, Truckspotting, Visitu, Lilypad and TieTheKnot.
FirstWaVE offers a wide variety of benefits to startups in all phases of development, including bootcamps and workshops by local entrepreneurs and business executives, dedicated mentors, opportunities to meet with investors, access to a team of dedicated student interns and free professional services.
The newest FirstWaVE Accelerator program clients include:
eStaff365: eStaff365 is a cloud based onboarding and compliance solution for the Staffing Industry. By automating the generation, delivery and signing of all onboarding documents, eStaff365 helps staffing companies increase revenue while eliminating risk.
HoverOwl: Watch what your visitors do on your website. With visual heatmaps and screen recordings you can now find out why your visitors are not turning into customers.
iTrekkers: iTrekkers will connect customers to the great outdoors, specifically to independent outdoor guides starting with charter fishing in Tampa FL. Think Tripadvisor (Customer driven review platform) meets AngiesList (vetted guide list), meets OpenTable (Full trip booking A to Z with backend reservation technology).
SignWaive: SignWaive allows businesses to collect liability waivers and release forms digitally. It saves the environment from paper waste, saves the business money on hard costs of paper and ink copies and saves their staff time in completing documents. Not to mention, the information collected is now legible and complete reducing legal risks.
SkyView Connectivity: SkyView Connectivity provides energy management solutions to help industries increase their productivity, profitability, safety and lower their environmental impact. SkyView Connectivity’s first product, the DeviceView smartphone app, connects wirelessly to industrial electrical equipment and provides a real-time dashboard in the palm of your hand.
Startups entering the program also have access to co-working and office space within the FirstWaVE Venture Center, located in Tampa Bay WaVE’s headquarters on the second floor of Rivergate Tower in downtown Tampa.
Applications for the next accelerator class must be submitted by 02/28/15 by 5 p.m. To review the application and requirements or to apply, go to www.tampabaywave.org/accelerator/ there is no fee to apply.
About Tampa Bay WaVE:
Tampa Bay WaVE is a non-profit providing local entrepreneurs with facilitated access to the resources, expertise and capital they need to grow vibrant technology-based companies in Tampa Bay, create high-wage tech jobs and foster an innovation-based economy for the region. With a grant from U.S. Commerce Department and support from The University of South Florida and Hillsborough County, as well as corporate sponsors including In-Rel Properties, Sykes Enterprises, AVI-SPL, Florida Blue, Tribridge and Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay WaVE actively supports more than 100 local tech startups out of its FirstWaVE Venture Center in downtown Tampa. For more information, visit www.tampabaywave.org.