Tampa startup brings first first ever virtual networking event to town

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    While Tampa Bay may be known as a networking-friendly place, one local entrepreneur is looking to connect the geographically spread out region fit for the digital age.

    “We talked about a networking event focused on branding Tampa Bay as this tech startup, industry hub but that breaks the mold, breaks barriers,” Alex Abell, founder of Lunchpool, said. “You have the beaches of St. Pete, the artsy culture in Pinellas County, businesses and beaches in Clearwater and the industry in Tampa. How do you bring all that together? The more we discussed it, we said ‘Let’s not do a meet-up in one place, let’s have it distributed with technology.'”