Aladom Joins Innovation Center as New Accelerator Client
Aladom, LLC a web portal launched in France in 2007 by Guillaume Thomas, has now moved stateside to link individuals with home services such as house cleaners, babysitters, senior care providers, gardeners, tutors and many more resources.
Providers offer services in 70 different categories.  Each can be located on a map, contacted by phone or email, and can receive reviews from customers.  The company's website receives more than one million visitors each month.

Membership is free, and providers are able to list services for free as well. Members can also sign up to receive regular newsletters that are sent without advertisements.    

TECH Talk Insights
TECH Talk March 2013

"Technology Licensing: Practical Principles and Practices"   


Recently, two local technology licensing experts spoke at Tampa Bay Innovation Center's TECH Talk program. Haskell Adler, Ph.D., MBA, senior licensing manager at Moffitt Cancer Center, and Christopher Paradies, Ph.D., J.D., president of Paradies Law P.A., presented "Technology Licensing: Practical Principles and Practice." Following is a summary of their presentation.  (More...)  

Do You Know a "Florida Company to Watch?"
Each year, the Florida Companies to Watch award program honors outstanding second-stage Florida-based companies that exhibit innovative business strategies and processes.  This year's awards, presented by GrowFL and the University of Central Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, will be presented to 50 companies on Oct. 24, 2013 at an awards event in Orlando.

Briefly, eligible companies must be privately held commercial enterprises in any industry that are past startup phase, in a stage of growth and headquartered in Florida.  They must employ between six and 99 fulltime equivalent employees and have had 2012 revenues between $750,000 and $50 million.  

Self nominations are encouraged and the application deadline
is 5 p.m. on May 10, 2013.  For more information, visit  http://flctw.growfl.com/program-eligibility/

Accepting Applications for GrowFL 2014
The Innovation Center, a partner for the statewide GrowFL Economic Gardening program, is seeking applications for program year 2014.  The program provides participants with technical assistance, CEO Roundtables and a CEO Forum (twice per year) at no cost!  

To be eligible for the GrowFL program, a company must be a for-profit, privately held, investment-grade business that:
  • Employs at least 10 persons but not more than 50 persons
  • Has maintained its principal place of business in Florida for at least the previous two years 
  • Generates at least $1 million but not more than $25 million in annual revenue  
Click here for additional requirements.

Space is limited.  Please contact us if you're interested in the GrowFL program and we'll be happy to provide additional information.

TECH Talk  

"Beyond Startup: Growing Pains of Second Stage Companies"


Second stage companies have grown past the startup stage but have not grown to maturity.  These companies have the same needs as larger companies but struggle to make the next leap due to lack of resources.  

Second-stage companies are not alone and the things CEO's think about are not unique to their business or personal struggles.  This month's TECH Talk will include a panel of second-stage company CEOs sharing their stories.  It will be moderated by Tammie Nemecek with GrowFL.  The GrowFL Economic Gardening program (locally facilitated by the Tampa Bay Innovation Center) provides resources targeted to the needs of second-stage CEOs. 

DATE:  Tuesday, May 14, 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:  www.tbinnovates.com/TECHTalk.cfm

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

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.

Join mentors Mike Eitler, CFO, Rocaceia LLC; Christopher Paradies, president, Paradies Law P.A., Ron Stein, Marketing & Sales Coach, FastPath Marketing and Harry Venzia Capital and Private Equity Consultant, HealthCare Capital Advisors,  for the April StartUp Xchange, presented by Tampa Bay Innovation Center as part of the eHub.

DATE: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
TIME: 5 - 7 p.m.
COST: Refreshments responsibility of attendee
REGISTER:  www.meetup.com/startupxchange
eHub Lunch
Join us for our next eHub lunch on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 12 noon, at Tampa Bay Innovation Center, 7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 220, Largo.  The eHub lunch is an opportunity to network with your peers, with an opportunity to introduce your company or startup.  

The cost to attend the eHub lunch is $10 and the deadline to RSVP is Monday, April 29, 2013.  For more information or to register, go to http://www.tbinnovates.com/ehublunch.cfm
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Innovators Digest

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


How Today's Young Female Entrepreneurs Embrace Their Feminine Mystique
By Rebekah Iliff for Entrepreneur.com  
With today's 24-hour news cycle, there's no shortage of powerful, female newsmakers.

How to Raise Entrepreneurial Kids
By Nadia Goodman for Entreprenueur.com
Tomorrow's business leaders and startup founders will be today's young kids whose parents have raised them with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Is It Possible to Have Too Many Ideas?
By Chris Heivly for Inc.com
Not if you can develop a good process for managing them.

How to Pitch Your Startup in 3 Minutes

By Erica Swallow for Mashable.com

Pitches should be short and informative.


Firms Puzzle Over Tax Riddle
By Emily Maltby for WSJ.com
Business owners can't change the tax code, but many of them say they might change the way their businesses are structured in order to pay less tax.  

April 2013
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Events
April 17, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.

May 2, 2013
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Largo, Florida

May 14, 2013
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Tampa, Florida

Partner Events

Tampa Bay Inventors Council
Monthly meetings
April 10 & 24, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Largo, Florida

Tampa Bay SCORE
Preparing Your Business Plan
April 13, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

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

USF Connect
CONNECTme Networking
April 18, 2013
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida

Pinellas County Economic Development
Accounting and Tax Procedures
April 25, 2013
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Clearwater, Florida

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 
USF Career Center
Internship & Part-time Job Fair
April 10, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tampa, Florida
2013 Hillsborough Hackathon  
April 12 - 14, 2013 
Tampa, Florida
7th Annual Florida Medical Device Symposium
May 6 - 7, 2013
St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa Bay Innovation Center Clients
Tampa Bay Innovation Center 
7887 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 220
Largo, FL 33777
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