StartUp Studio is Open!
Wendy Kennedy Logo Now accepting applications, the Tampa Bay Innovation Center has launched a new suite of programs for scientists, researchers, engineers and technology entrepreneurs.  Beginning in March, StartUp Studio uses hands on tools to define the real value of a technology idea, who is in need of the solution and the path to success.

StartUp Studio 1.0 allows entrepreneurs to work collaboratively with coaches in eight weekly, small-group sessions to apply a business-focused lens to their idea and assess readiness for the next stage of development - whether it's incubation, licensing or partnerships.  StartUp Studio 1.0 provides an interactive, high-energy environment to roll up your sleeves, discover and communicate the business value of your idea.  This allows the entrepreneur to avoid the "polite nod" and communicate compelling propositions for investors, customers, managers and partners.

StartUp Studio features two internationally recognized programs:  Wendy Kennedy's "So what? who cares? why you?™" for StartUp Studio 1.0 and the Kauffman Foundation's FastTrac® TechVenture™ program for StartUp Studio 2.0 (scheduled to launch in May).  Both programs are taught by certified coaches and utilize toolsets and frameworks in use throughout the world with technology entrepreneurs.
The StartUp Studio programs are open to any technology idea or startup.  The Innovation Center was awarded a grant from the State of Florida to reimburse the program fee for qualifying entrepreneurs with military experience (active duty, reservists, retired) in the Tampa Bay area upon completion of the program (limited number available).  

 Click here for more information about the program and to apply.

TECH Talk Insights

Five things you need to know as an entrepreneur in Tampa Bay 


Recently, local serial entrepreneur Mark Swanson spoke at Tampa Bay Innovation Center's TECH Talk program, kicking off the quarterly series - "Diary of an Entrepreneur".  Following is a summary of his presentation.  Swanson, former CEO of Telovations before its acquisition by Bright House Networks, is now Vice President of Managed Voice Services of Bright House Networks.

Starting a company has probably never been more important.  According to Inc. magazine, entrepreneurial startups with annual revenues between $1 million and $20 million (often called "gazelles") create most of the nation's new jobs. (More...)    

TECH Talk  


Join us on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Microsoft Headquarters offices, 5426 Bay Center Dr., Suite 700, Tampa.  Co-presenters, Haskell Adler, Ph.D.,MBA, Senior Licensing Manager, Moffitt Cancer Center and Christopher Paradies, Ph.D., Shareholder, Fowler White Boggs, will be presenting "Technology Licensing: Practical Principles and Practices". 


Presented by Tampa Bay Innovation Center as part of the e-Hub, TECH Talk is the area's premier networking and education event developed specifically to meet the interests of the local entrepreneurial community.  


Click here for more information and to register. 

StartUp Xchange

How do you protect your idea? 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, February 18, 2013

TIME: 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Jackson's Bistro, 601 S. Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa,   FL  33602


Mike Eitler, Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Group125

Chis Paradies, Intellectual Property Attorney, Fowler White Boggs Jack Rybicki, CPA, CliftonLarsonAllen 


Innovators Digest

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

Forget Fear: How to Turn Rejection into Success
By Geoffrey James for Inc. magazine
Everyone hates rejection, especially people who must sell for a living. However, there is one thing that's worse than the rejection itself: the fear of being rejected.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You an Entrepreneur
By Rebekah Iliff for Entrepreneur.com
Interested in starting your own business? Perhaps you've been a lifelong problem solver, go-getter, and modern day "bossy pants" since a young age. But do you have the natural qualities required to take a stab at entrepreneurship?

How to Have a Year that Matters
By Umair Haque for Harvard Business Review
Do you want to have a year that matters -- or do you want to spend another year starring/wallowing in the lowest-common-denominator reality show/whiny soap opera of your own inescapable mediocrity/self-imposed tragedy?

A Social Media Marketing Plan Geared Toward Small Businesses
By Edwin Huertas for Social Media Today
A few tips on how you, as a small business owner, can effectively use this powerful marketing channel.  It includes a simple plan to follow to increase your Website traffic using social media networks.

February 2013
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events
StartUp Xchange
February 18, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida
March 7, 2103
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

March 12, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m.
Tampa, Florida
Partner Events

Sales and Marketing Workshop
February 23, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay Inventors Council
Monthly meeting
February 27, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Largo, Florida

Leverage the Hidden Powers of Your Online Data
February 27, 2013
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Pinellas County Economic Development
Growing a Business: Secrets of Success
March 7, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Clearwater, Florida

Tampa Bay Technology Forum
BizTech Innovation Summit Awards and coolTECH Expo 
March 14, 2013 
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Tampa, Florida

Florida Venture Forum
2013 Early Stage Conference
May 15, 2013
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Orlando, Florida

Community Events 

22nd Annual Small Business Conference & Trade Fair
March 28, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gainesville, Florida 

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

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