Tampa Bay Technology Forum and Partners Receive $1 Million for Technology Entrepreneurship Initiatives
Date: September 19, 2012
The Tampa Bay Technology Forum(TBTF), along with its partners in a University of South Florida(USF) and Tampa Bay WaVE-led effort, today was granted $1 million by the U.S. Commerce Department to support new web and mobile app ventures. Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced the award, which is designed to launch new companies and create hundreds of high-wage jobs in the greater Tampa Bay region.
“The awarding of this grant marks a significant milestone in the development of Tampa Bay’s innovation economy,” said Heather Kenyon, TBTF’s president and CEO. “Everyone involved in this partnership is passionate about growing our technology industry, helping startup companies thrive, and making this region a magnet for top tech talent. These funds will give us the collaborative space, programming support, and connectivity we need to create an exciting destination for Tampa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem in the heart of downtown.”
TBTF collaborated with USF, Tampa Bay WaVE, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, the University of Tampa, and various private companies on the grant application. Read more here.
Date: March 13, 2012
Ocoos, http://www.ocoos.com, an Internet spin-out from the University of Florida, announces the release of their website for consumer use. Ocoos uses Internet technology to radically increase the reach and efficiency of small service providers using a vertical market approach. The adventure tourism market in Florida is a vertical market where a large number of small service providers are attempting to broaden their reach in the vast wilderness of the Internet. With this first release, Ocoos has built a platform which allows these service providers to integrate and amplify their messages with topics such as Kayaking, Fishing,Family Vacations, etc. Read more here.
Date: January 9, 2012
In order to transform discoveries from the University of Florida’s research community into commercially viable business enterprises, the Infusion Technology Center (ITC) at UF’s Innovation Hub will move innovation beyond the laboratory and into day-to-day life. To bridge the gap between discovery and commercial implementation, Trimark Properties has selected Flad Architects to design an eight-story facility that embodies the Innovation Hub’s mission.
This urban research park is designed as a community for creative collaboration, bringing together science and technology and business opportunities. The ITC will offer customized space for high-tech companies and entrepreneurial organizations, offering the ability to purchase or lease space and provide business support such as access to the university libraries, cross-functional business units, and services support.
Drawing on their expertise in functional and innovative science and technology facilities, Flad will design the research floors for maximum flexibility and adaptability to suit a variety of tenant types. Amenities will include fiber optic speed ethernet, shared conference space with video conference technology, and a rooftop garden with views of Innovation Square. “The facility’s architectural response will focus on being a catalyst for the new Innovation Square development,” commented Jeffrey Raasch, AIA, Flad’s design principal for the project. “It will establish the spatial character and physical qualities required for a truly integrated, knowledge-based research community.” Read more here.
Date: November 8, 2011
A very fitting Havana Nights-themed, black-tie gala presented by Central Florida’s largest and most influential technology association, Tampa Bay Technology Forum(TBTF), announced the recipient of the, “Emerging Technology Company of the Year,” Award to Savtira Corporation, a new B2B cloud commerce solutions company generating much recognition in the Tampa Bay area with two facilities located in Ybor City.
“We are honored and exceptionally grateful to be named the 2011 Emerging Technology Company of the Year from the Tampa Bay Technology Forum,” says Savtira CEO Timothy Roberts. “Our team has been working diligently and this honor represents their dedication. The future continues to look bright for our company and we appreciate the recognition and support received from such a reputable organization of industry leaders.”
TBTF recognized leading organizations and individuals in Tampa Bay’s technology community at the eighth annual gala held on November 4 at A La Carte Event Pavilion in front of more than 400 attendees made-up of industry professionals and decision-makers. The Industry Achievement Awards from TBTF is the only event in Tampa Bay dedicated solely to celebrating the region’s technology industry according to TBTF president and CEO, Amy Norman. CIBER was the title sponsor of the gala. Emceeing the event was Veronica Cintron, news anchor/reporter with Bay News 9. The event included a cocktail reception, dinner and the awards presentation, along with a festive Latin-style reception with live music, cigars and casino games.