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Introducing our new Clients!
Tampa Bay Innovation Center is proud to announce the following new clients.
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StartUp Studio
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Do you have a great business idea?  Test your idea in our StartUp Studio!

StartUp Studio is an interactive, high-energy workshop that allows you to roll up your sleeves and discover the business value for your idea.  Designed for  early stage ideas, StartUp Studio uses a dynamic coaching format with the proven So what? who cares? why you? methodology.  You will work with Certified Coaches in weekly, small group sessions to apply a business focused lens to your idea and assess your readiness for the next stage of development - whether it is incubation, licensing, or partnerships
 
What makes StartUp Studio different? StartUp Studio is about the founder and their idea.  This program focuses on vetting the idea and entry into the market.  It is not classes oon how to start a business. 

Details
AUDIENCE: Founders
DATE: 8 weekly sessions beginning Wednesday, March 20th
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Tampa Bay Innovation Center
COST: $575*

*Attention Military:
Enterprise Florida, Inc. and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity have provided funding to reimburse the program fees for up to 20 tech entrepreneurs with military service (active, retired or reserve) upon completion of the program (limited number available).   

Click here for more information about StartUp Studio or to apply!
GrowFL Update
Speaker for Upcoming CEO Forum Announced

Tony DiBenedetto, Chairman and CEO, Tribridge, will present at our next CEO Forum on Friday, May 17, 2013.  Mr. DiBenedetto leads the strategic direction, growth and development of Tribridge, a national technology services firm specializing business applications and cloud solutions.
 
The CEO Forum program is a series that brings together leaders of established growth-stage businesses in a confidential setting to meet and learn from CEO peers who have grown their companies into more advance stages of business development.  Attendance to the CEO Forum is limited to presidents, CEOs and business owners.  Click here for more information.

Programmatic support for GrowFL is provided in-part by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.


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Recent CEO Roundtable Attendees

TECH Talk Insights
TECH Talk February 2013

Turning Talent into Performance

   

Recently, the president and CEO of Churchill Leadership Group, Jayne Jenkins, spoke at Tampa Bay Innovation Center's TECH Talk program. Following is a summary of her presentation. Churchill Leadership Group works with executives and companies to help raise productivity and performance by maximizing leadership and team performance with a focus on strengths.

 

Stanford, Carnegie and Harvard studies have indicated that up to 85 percent of business success comes as a result of people skills.  It should be no surprise, then, that focusing on one's inner strengths is an important part of improving leadership skills, increasing productivity and obtaining great results in the workplace.  In other words, the strength of one's business or career is dependent on the person's own strengths. (More...)  

TECH Talk  

 

"It's all about the Climb"
Presented by Crystal Culbertson, Founder & CEO, Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc


DATE:  Tuesday, April 9, 2013
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Drive, 7th Floor, Tampa  

COST: No fee to attend. Space is limited, advance registration requested.
REGISTER:  http://www.tbinnovates.com/TECHTalk.cfm  

Crystal Clear Technologies, Inc. (CCT) was founded by Mrs. Culbertson in 2002 with the intention of supporting the various Armed Forces entities of the United States Government by bringing cutting edge technology and world class support to their mission critical requirements. Mrs. Culbertson has over 14 years experience in the IT industry. Her career began at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL in 1997, as the Logistics Specialist working at Head Quarters Air Force Civil Engineering Support Agency

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

StartUp Xchange

Innovators and start up entrepreneurs have lots of questions, but often nowhere to go for answers.  Tampa Bay Innovation Center mentors can answer your questions at our monthly StartUp Xchange, an informal way to get advice on targeting the right markets, exploring financing options, protecting intellectual property, defining your value proposition and many other start-up concerns. Learn more at www.meetup.com/startupxchange.   

DATE: Wednesday, March 20, 2013
TIME: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
MENTORS:   

Mike Eitler, CFO, Rocaceia, LLC  

Christopher Paradies Ph.D, President, Paradies Law PA 
Dino Eliadis, Business Consultant, DE Inc.  
Chuck Papageorgiou, Managing Partner, Ideasphere Consulting  
eHub Lunch
Join us for our next eHub lunch!

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Cost: $10
Register:  www.tbinnovates.com/ehublunch.cfm

The eHub lunch is an opportunity to network with your peers, with three minutes to introduce your company or startup.  This is a great way to share problems and successes with other entrepreneurs.

Innovators Digest


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

 

Your Start-up Needs Some Structure
By Karl Stark and Bill Stewart for Inc.com
As your company grows you need to think less like an entrepreneur and more like a CEO.

6 Ways to Connecting with Influential People
By Gwen Moran for Entrepreneur.com
Influencers-those well-connected, knowledgeable voices to which other listen and respond-are coveted connections. They can provide insight, recommendations, introductions and opportunities.

How to Test Your Business Ideas
By Lisa Evans for Entrepreneur.com
Many of the greatest inventors and entrepreneurs admit to having failed at some point in their careers, but Richard Christensen, entrepreneur and author of The Zig Zag Principle, says that while failing may be a normal part of business and life, most of us are ill-equipped to fail efficiently.

Pitch Your Vision, Not Your Valuation
By David Cohen for The Wall Street Journal
Early stage startups should generally remain flexible on valuation. If you set your valuation too high, you run the risk of filtering out investors you might really want.

Meet Your Investors in the Middle
By Ajit Singh, managing partner at Artiman Ventures,
for The Wall Street Journal
Startup valuation is a particularly difficult challenge for early and mid-stage startups. With few assets, scarce customers and little or no revenue, how do entrepreneurs value their startup and predict its future worth? 
March 2013
IN THIS ISSUE
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events
March 20, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.

April 4, 2103
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Largo, Florida

April 9, 2013
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tampa, Florida

Partner Events

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

Tampa Bay SCORE
Preparing Your Business Plan
March 16, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Pinellas County SCORE
Business Start-up Basics
March 18, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Petersburg, Florida

USF Connect
How to spend LESS on marketing and get better results
March 20, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Pinellas County Economic Development
Understanding QuickBooks
March 20, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Clearwater, Florida

BioFlorida
10th Annual BioFlorida Celebration of Biotechnology
May 9, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Alachua, Florida

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


  
Community Events 
 

University of Florida
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  


Tampa Bay Innovation Center Clients
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