Tonya 2011
Welcome to 2013, in which we'll mark the 10th year of Tampa Bay Innovation Center and we are not slowing down!  We're observing the new year with a number of new programs: 
  • We'll be offering two new training programs for pre-incubation stage technology entrepreneurs this year through our StartUp Studio beginning in March.  
  • We've inaugurated a new quarterly series, "The Diary of a Serial Entrepreneur," as part of our popular TECH Talk series.  Mark Swanson of Telovations (recently acquired by Bright House Networks) will kick off the series on Tuesday, Jan. 29.  See the TECH Talk article for details.
  • We've expanded our eHub Social network to include members throughout Florida.  This is a great opportunity to learn from and connect with other entrepreneurs.
  • We'll be holding another IDEA Camp this fall during Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Through the assistance of the    Innovation Center's mentor network and the CEO Council of Tampa Bay, we were able to increase the individual mentor  involvement with the 2012 IDEA Camp and will continue that involvement for 2013.  
We're looking forward to two major events in 2013.  Our Innovation Conference, held every other year, will take place mid-year.  Watch for more details to register early - the 2011 conference was a sellout.  On September 24, we'll hold the annual Florida Defense & Technology Showcase at the Sheraton Sand Key.  Our 2012 showcase was another sold out event.  

Watch for regular announcements as we continue our monthly TECH Talk series and StartUp Xchange meetings.  These programs provide support to entrepreneurs community wide and contributed to our Excellence in Service award from TBTF in 2012.  We look forward to seeing you!

Tonya Elmore
TECH Talk Insights

It's Still Google, Stupid!

By Jason Stanard


Jason Stanard Tech Talk
Jason Stanard Tech Talk

Online marketing has become a necessary component of the marketing mix for companies of all sizes, driving companies to step up their online presence in much more meaningful ways. For more on what business owners can do to increase their Search Engine Optimization (SEO),  (More...)  

TECH Talk Kick Off 2013!

 TECH Talk 2013 kicks off with a new series, "Diary of an Entrepreneur". This quarterly series will feature successful Tampa Bay made, Tampa Bay proud entrepreneurs who will share their stories and what they learned along the way.


Mark Swanson, CEO of Telovations, will be presenting "Five Things You Need to Know About Starting A Business in Tampa Bay In 2013". Mark Swanson is a serial technology entrepreneur who has successfully started and grown six multimillion dollar companies in the last twenty plus years. 


Join us on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Microsoft Headquarters offices, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa.  Click here for more information and to register. 

My Favorite Entrepreneur Resolutions for 2013

By Kelsey Meyer

(Originally appeared in Forbes.com, Dec. 29, 2012 and reprinted in Innovation Daily, Dec. 31, 2012)


Happy 2013! It's now time to make some changes to your organization. Whether you decide to make a personal resolution or one for the whole company, a purposeful New Year's resolution can make all the difference for your 2013 success. I spoke to entrepreneurs with unique resolutions to get some inspiration for my own. While the resolutions were all unique, they hit a few key areas.(More...)

eHub Sponsorship Opportunities

Build your brand recognition and increase visibility through our eHub sponsorships. There are sponsorship opportunities for every budget with a number of advertising and marketing benefits.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available at Platinum, Gold and Silver levels.


Click here for complete details on sponsorship levels.

StartUp Xchange

How do you protect your ideas? Are you ready to bring in partners or investors?  Have you defined your value proposition?  Presented by Tampa Bay Innovation Center as part of the eHub, StartUp Xchange is an informal monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and Innovation Center mentors who are available to share their advice and experience to help further your idea or start-up. Learn more here. 


DATE: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013

TIME: 5-7 p.m.


COST: No charge

REGISTER: www.meetup.com/startupxchange 

Innovators Digest


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


7 Ways to Become an Authority in Your Industry

By Lewis Howes for Entrepreneur.com

Becoming an authority in your industry can be a great way to promote your business and help you better serve your clients. It takes a consistent dose of education and risk, but the rewards can be well worth the effort.


3 Ways to Recruit Talent for a Hungry Startup

By Peter S. Cohan for Entrepreneur.com

Startups are born hungry. Their demand for money exceeds their supply. So they need a different currency -- a powerful emotional magnet that draws in talent.


9 Ways Your Startup Can Use Social Media Lists
By Scott Gerber for Mashable

Business owners can also use social media lists to curate content on behalf of their customers, whether it's to emphasize nearby neighborhood hotspots for brick and mortar businesses or to maintain high-touch relationships with super fans.


Top Five Tech Startup Trends of 2013

By James Beshara for The Wall Street Journal

In 2013, technology innovators can expect more mobile apps, internet crowdfunding, mobile sensors, "Hollow Giants" looking for business models (or suitors) and more competition for financing.

January 2013
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events
January 16, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Florida
January 29, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Tampa, Florida
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12:00-1:30 p.m.
Largo, Florida
Partner Events

Tampa Bay SCORE
Preparing Your Business Plan
January 12, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

USF Connect
What is an Angel Investor & How Do I Get One?
January 16, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Pinellas County Economic Development
Accounting & Tax Procedures
January 17, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Clearwater, Florida

Tampa Bay Inventors Council
Monthly meeting
January 23, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Largo, Florida

Florida Venture Forum
2013 Florida Venture Capital Conference
January 31 - February 1, 2013
Ponte Vedra, Florida

Moffitt Cancer Center
Business of Biotech 2013
February 11, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Community Events 

The University of Tampa
Southeastern Entrepreneurship Conference
February 1 - 2, 2013
Tampa, Florida 

Florida Medical Manufacturers' Consortium, Inc.  
7th Annual Florida Medical Device Symposium
May 6 - 7, 2013
St. Petersburg, Florida  

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