Backers of Innovation Summit aim to change Tampa Bay’s brand

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    Synapse, an organization formed to help Tampa Bay entrepreneurs, investors and others make more meaningful connections more quickly, will be in the spotlight later this month when it launches its inaugural Innovation Summit.

    The initiative is designed to highlight the growing technology ecosystem in the area, said Marc Blumenthal, founding partner of Synapse.

    “We want to begin to brand our region as one that’s not just awesome at hospitality, tourism, sports and entertainment,” Blumenthal said. “Innovation and entrepreneurship are key to having young people come and stay here.”