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Field Forensics on Fast Growth Track
July TECH Talk
Microsoft's BizSpark Supports Startup Growth
StartUp Xchange
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events


StartUp Xchange
June 28, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
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July 12, 2011

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Tampa, Florida

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Partner Events

Florida Venture Forum


2011 Early Stage Venture
Capital Conference
October 5, 2011
Orlando, FL

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Pinellas County Economic Development

Doing Business With
Pinellas County
July 7, 2011
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Clearwater, FL

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SCORE Tampa Chapter

Sales and Marketing Workshop

June 25, 2011

Tampa, FL

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Tampa Bay Inventors
Council (TBIC)

Monthly meetings

June 8 & 22, 2011

7:00 -9:00 pm

Largo, FL 

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Tampa Bay Technology Forum (TBTF)

"Deadly Sins of Funding Sources"  

From the

Entrepreneur Perspective

June 22, 2011 

Tampa, FL

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WELCOMETonya 2011

Last month we announced the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.  Much more than just a rebranding of STAR TEC, the Innovation Center serves as a focal point for innovation within the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida, working in partnership with prominent innovation organizations locally, statewide and nationwide.


This is an ambitious undertaking and we are developing the Innovation Center's services and partnerships carefully and deliberately - all built around the concepts of "Think it, Build it, Grow it."


We are pleased to be adding an important program to our "Build it" element - what we are calling our Leadership Certificate program that will be formally announced in July.  With an audience of technology start ups and early stage ventures, this program will address challenges associated with launching and growing a new or early stage technology company through connections, education, collaboration, resources, advisors and mentors. 


We'll provide more detail in our July newsletter, when we'll also be launching our new web site.  We look forward to hearing your comments and seeing you at an upcoming TECH Talk or StartUp Xchange.  In the meantime, watch for updates on Facebook and Twitter. 


Tonya Elmore                              



Field Forensics on Fast Growth Track  Field Forensics Logo
Early last year President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, in order to stem the production of a certain type of home made explosive by terrorists, banned the import and use of a particular fertilizer called ammonium nitrate. However, the Afghan Border Police had no way of distinguishing legal phosphate-based fertilizers from the illegal ammonium nitrate fertilizers.  

Field Forensics, Inc. (FFI) of Largo stepped in with a solution. The U.S. Government bought FFI's newly developed IDEX-002 ammonium nitrate identification kits and supplied the kits to the Afghan Border Police, who were then trained on the use of the kits by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. So far FFI has shipped tens of thousands of the IDEX-002 kits to the police in Afghanistan.

FFI Founder and CEO Craig Johnson has spent 25 years in the sensor and detection business, detecting and analyzing radioactive material, explosives, chemical weapons and other such materials, and has gained a number of insights into what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, particularly in this industry.

To read the entire article, click here 

July 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 and

innovation community.


Our July program will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Dr., 7th floor, Tampa 33607.  Michael Colitz, intellectual property attorney with Gray Robinson, will present the program, titled "Congress is making fundamental changes to our country's patent laws.  Find out how these changes will impact your business."


If you haven't yet attended TECH Talk, we hope you'll put this on your calendar. There is no fee to attend, but space is limited and advance registration is suggested at  Free parking is available in the parking garage next to the building.  

 Microsoft's BizSpark Supports Startup Growth

                                by Brian Johnson


Recognizing the huge impact software development startups can have on tomorrow's technology landscape, Microsoft established its BizSpark program in 2009.  This global program helps software startups succeed by giving them access to Microsoft software development tools, connecting them with key industry players and providing marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs who are starting a business.


BizSpark provides access to current, full-featured tools and platforms for designing, developing, testing and demonstrating software applications.  These include:

         ASP.NET: a technology for building dynamic web applications

         Expression Studio: tools for designing and building web and Windows client applications and rich media content

         SQL Server: all editions of the Microsoft database server software

         Visual Studio: a comprehensive suite of development tools designed to help software developers create innovative, next-generation applications

         Windows 7, Vista, XP: the latest and legacy Windows operating systems - for design, dev, test and demo only

To read the entire article, click here  


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 Tuesday, June 28. 


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 include Mike Eitler of Blue Lion Consulting and Chris Paradies of Fowler White Boggs. 


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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