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In This Issue
Forensic Science -- Past, Present and Future
November TECH Talk
Calling Early Stage Medical Device Ventures
Innovators Digest
StartUp Xchange
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events


Florida Defense & Technology Showcase

November 8, 2011

St. Pete Beach, FL


TECH Talk 


November 15, 2011

9:00 - 11:00 am

Moffitt Cancer Center

Stabile Research Building Auditorium 

Tampa, Florida



 IDEA Camp
Early Stage Medical Device Ventures 
December 2, 2011

8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Largo, FL  



December 6, 2011
5:00 - 7:00 pm
St. Petersburg, FL
Partner Events   

Accounting and Tax Procedures

November 15, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, FL 


YouTube for Business

November 15, 2011

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Clearwater, FL

SCORE Tampa Chapter

Sales and Marketing Workshop

November 26, 2011

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Tampa, FL 


Tampa Bay Inventors Council (TBIC) 

Monthly meeting

November 14, 2011

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Largo, FL 



What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About IP

November 15, 2011

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Centre Club 

Tampa, FL





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WELCOMETonya 2011

It's time for Tampa Bay Innovation Center's next IDEA Camp and we're accepting applications now from early stage medical device innovators.  Please read the accompanying article to learn more about the event and note that the application deadline is Friday, Nov. 11.


Each time we hold an IDEA Camp, we focus on a different technology sector.  Medical devices are such an important part of the local innovation scene that we expect a great response.  We believe the upcoming medical device IDEA Camp has the potential to have a real impact on participants and the local community.


We were pleased that so many early stage technology innovators attended Innovation '11, our 2011 Entrepreneurship Conference.  More than 150 people joined us for a fast-paced day that featured a welcome from Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and a luncheon presentation by Kevin Harrington, chairman and founder of TV Goods, Inc. and an investor "Shark" on ABC's "Shark Tank," who conducted a mini Shark Tank with Professor Jody Tompson of University of Tampa and Michael Colitz of Gray Robinson.  


More than 30 attendees stayed for our special edition of StartUp Xchange, in which mentors Mike Eitler of Group125 LLC, Leisa Mohler Erickson of Advantage Performance Group, Woody Pollack of GrayRobinson, and Harry Venezia, Jr. of Healthcare Capital Advisors met with local innovators and entrepreneurs to discuss start-up issues.  

We may be heading into the holidays but innovators never rest, so we'll be seeing you at our upcoming events in November and December!

Tonya Elmore President
Forensic Science -- Past, Present and Future 
By Kevin Lothridge
Mention forensic science and most people think of such highly rated television programs as NCIS or CSI - programs sometimes referred to as "edutainment."  This is certainly not to denigrate them, as everyone enjoys a good mystery.

Depictions of the field have grown from "Quincy, ME," the quirky, crime-solving medical examiner, to the sophisticated "CSI" franchise, but true forensic science processes are more time consuming than seen on television and require teams of experts in a variety of fields.

Although these programs may not portray forensic science tools and processes entirely accurately, particularly in terms of timing and assignments, they do convey information that creates awareness of technology and advances in the field. And, in turn, this awareness has attracted the attention of people who are now developing new technologies for our use. 

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When the first crime labs came into being in the early 1920s, they were primarily concerned with matching fingerprints and lacked the sophistication we've come to expect since that time.  By the late 70s and early 80s, the Federal government began increasing grant funding to states for development of public crime labs, including those in underserved and rural areas.  (More ...)


November TECH Talk
new TECH Talk LOGOTECH Talk is a free monthly breakfast, networking and education event specifically geared to the interests of the Tampa Bay area's innovation and technology entrepreneurship communities.


Our November program will be held from 9 - 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15th, at, Moffitt Cancer Center, Stabile Research Building, 1st floor Auditorium, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa FL 33612.  Hing Wong, Ph.D., founder and CEO of Altor Bioscience, will be the November speaker.  His topic is "Capital Fundraising Strategies for Biopharmaceutical Companies.

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 valet parking is available in the parking garage next to the building (map)


Calling Early Stage Medical Device Ventures

Tampa Bay Innovation Center is calling for innovators with early-stage medical device ventures to participate in its next IDEA Camp, to be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs, 13805 58th St. N., Clearwater.  The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 11, 2011.

The Innovation Center's IDEA Camp is a high-energy, interactive event with collaborative workshops and presentations.  It is designed to help inventors, entrepreneurs and small business owners refine their "elevator pitch" and communicate their venture's competitive attributes. Participants should achieve the follow outcomes: 

  • A refined business model
  • Credibility for their product or idea through peer vetting
  • Confidence to deliver an effective value proposition
  • Better defined concepts to share with mentors and investors
  • New and/or improved ideas based on real-time feedback
  • Momentum to move forward with a "next step" plan
  • A refined 60-second pitch for various audiences
  • New contacts and resources to help move their idea forward

Only 15 medical device technology concepts will be accepted.  Although there is no cost to apply, the fee for accepted participants is $99, which includes the full day workshop and meals.  Those interested can download an application at and click on events/IDEA Camp.  For more information, contact Danielle Weitlauf, new venture manager, at 727-547-7340 or


 Innovators Digest

In case you missed them, here are some recent articles and blog posts. 


From BNET: Is Your To-Do List Too Long? By Laura Vanderkam
Fewer to-dos may help you get more done. (More ...) 


Via Innovation Daily: Small business social media policy
By Ivan Walsh for
For small business owners, creating a social media policy is an effective way to help your employees interact with customers, clarify your marketing messages and protect your credibility online. (More ...) 


Three Tips for Getting Started on Foursquare
By Carmine Gallo for
You might have heard of Foursquare, but if you're not using it for business, you're missing out on a powerful marketing and engagement tool that can help any business -- large or small -- tell its brand story to an entirely new category of consumer. (More ...)


Gary Vaynerchuk, founder of, on Twitter customer engagement
Vaynerchuk explains why he has answered the question, "What white wine goes with fish?" something like 68,000 times. (More ...)
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, December 6th.

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 include Mike Eitler of Group125 and Chris Paradies of Fowler White Boggs.  

Learn more and 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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