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In This Issue
Tampa Bay Innovation Center: Think it...Build it...Grow it
June TECH Talk
Innovation has Many Faces, a conversation with Paul Johan, partner, Ballast Point
StartUp Xchange
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events


StartUp Xchange
May 25, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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June 7, 2011

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Tampa, Florida

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Partner Events

Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC)

Monthly Meetings

May 11 & 25, 2011

7:00 - 9:00 pm

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SBDC at Pinellas County

Business Classes 

LinkedIn for Business

May 17, 2011

12:00  - 2:00 pm
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Florida Venture Forum


Current Economic Market Conditions
Guest Speaker - Jeff Saut
May 19, 2011
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tampa, FL

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SCORE Tampa Chapter

Sales and Marketing Workshop

May 28, 2011

Tampa, FL

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Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF)

coolTECH 2011

June 10, 2011

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Tampa, FL

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WELCOMETonya 2011

This is a very special time for us as we announce the "new and improved" STAR TEC - which will now be known as Tampa Bay Innovation Center.  You'll note our new logo, which maintains the original star image, but demonstrates that we are now so much more than a business accelerator.


This issue of our newsletter is dedicated to the concept of innovation - from the description and history of how Tampa Bay Innovation Center came about to some insights on innovation from Paul Johan, partner with Ballast Point Ventures.


Our transition to Tampa Bay Innovation Center is a beginning, not an ending.  We fully expect to be adding new services and programs based on the needs of our local technology community and the best practices we gain from our research and involvement with some of the country's most prestigious innovation organizations.


Stay with us - this should be a great ride!

Tonya Elmore                              


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  Think it...
 Build it...
Grow it

The Tampa Bay area is beginning to come into its own as a home for innovation and entrepreneurship - and it's up to us to begin communicating that good news throughout the community.  One new focal point will be Tampa Bay Innovation Center, the next step for STAR TEC.


From the time STAR TEC was established in 2003, we have known that the local technology community needed more than a business accelerator could offer.  Initially, our response was to develop a series of programs in a "plug and play" fashion to fill needs as we identified them.


However, we knew we needed a comprehensive strategic underpinning.  


To read the entire article, click here  

June TECH Talk
TECH TALK resizedTECH Talk is a free monthly breakfast, networking and education event tailored to the interests of the Tampa Bay area's technology entrepreneurship community.

Our June program will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.  The program, titled  "Networking Secrets of Successful Executives",  will be presented by Fritz Eichelberger, CEO & Founder,


If you haven't yet attended TECH Talk, we hope you'll put this on your calendar.  The April program featuring Leisa Mohler-Erickson, partner, Advantage Performance Group, attracted 70 guests.  

Innovation has Many Faces  Paul Johan

A conversation with Paul Johan, Partner,  Ballast Point Ventures


We spoke with Paul about his thoughts about the role of innovation in business success and how innovation can be developed and nurtured.


Q.    How do you define innovation in business?


A.     From the point of view of an investor, we look for innovation that is expressed

through technology solutions, processes and products that enhance productivity.  In a nutshell - "the better mousetrap."  This need not be a sophisticated technological application, but can just as easily be something that enhances and improves existing systems.


Typically we think of bleeding edge technology firms when we talk about innovation, but there are innovative approaches even in the most traditional industries.  In these cases, they may be developing unique elements, new distribution channels or a more efficient and effective way to serve their customers.


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StartUp Xchange

Have questions about your next steps in entrepreneurship?  Entrepreneurs at all stages are invited to attend the next StartUp Xchange from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at The Grape at International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd. in Tampa. 


This is a great informal opportunity for entrepreneurs, talent in transition, scientists, funders, innovators, technology professionals and engineers to make connections in the Tampa Bay area innovation marketplace and learn from each other and from the Tampa Bay Innovation Center mentors whose experience can help further their idea or startup company. 


Our mentors will be Mike Eitler of Blue Lion Consulting, Paul Hays and Mark Joyce of Larson Allen and Doug Martin of Business Consulting Group. 


Follow the StartUp Xchange Meetup Group here.


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Based in Largo, Florida,  Tampa Bay Innovation Center is an innovation and entrepreneurship center that assists emerging and entrepreneurial technology companies in accelerating their success

If you'd like to learn more about our services, click here  for our website,  email us or call 727-547-7340.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center 

7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 220

Largo, FL 33777 


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