Tampa, FL (September 30, 2014) – Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing technology ventures in Tampa Bay, is pleased to announce that Kelly Hoey, CMO of New York City-based startup, Cuurio will be joining its board. Herself an angel investor and already a mentor for WaVE, Kelly brings years of experience in startups and investments as well as a deep network of high-value investor and VC connections.
“We are excited to have such a leader and internationally known game changer in the early stage investment community joins our board. Kelly has already brought a tremendous amount of value to our companies and community, before even joining the board,” Linda Olson, president of Tampa Bay WaVE.
Christine Mendonça, a current board member and FirstWaVE entrepreneur-in-residence introduced Kelly and Cuurio’s CEO Lexie Kier to Tampa Bay WaVE earlier this year. Kelly has traveled from New York to speak at the accelerator and meet with their startups. Kelly was impressed by the maturity and ambition of the accelerator companies, and at the amazing tech scene growing around WaVE in Tampa. Her enthusiasm for the WaVE companies spills over into her role as CMO at Cuurio, a SaaS-based brand innovation platform that connects large brands to rising tech startups with strategic partnerships that benefit both sides.
“I am thrilled to be joining the board of an accelerator at the center of this growing startup eco-system. This is the natural culmination of a deepening bond forming not just between Cuurio and Tampa Bay WaVE, or myself and Tampa Bay WaVE, but also of two cities that have different strengths and opportunities to share with each other,” shared Hoey. Both Hoey and Kier look forward to working with WaVE, seeing profound potential for outside investment in Tampa-based small companies and startups. Awareness and possible funding is coming not only from VC funds but also from brands with marketing budgets for partnership and investment dollars.
“Cuurio’s customers are comprised of a diverse mix of marketing teams, R&D, and venture groups that live inside of large brands,” shared Kier on how brands turn to Cuurio to help them source seed stage innovation to track through their pipeline. She continued: “We’re telling them to open their minds beyond Silicon Valley & Silicon Alley and take note of the bubbling innovation happening in communities like Tampa. We’ve had amazing feedback and it’s exciting that our brands share our enthusiasm about WaVE’s companies.”
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.
Based in New York City, Cuurio is an index of startups and an ideation platform that connects brands with emerging technology to create breakthrough partnerships. Cuurio’s algorithm surfaces hand-picked opportunities for native advertising and partnerships that creatively advance brand goals, amplify campaigns and address innovation challenges. Launched in November 2013, Cuurio has helped a growing number of innovative brands and agencies to create vibrant native mobile partnerships that delight and galvanize consumers. For more information, visit www.cuurio.com and follow Cuurio on Twitter @cuurio.