Tampa tech incubator launches effort to boost startup support, funding


An organization that gives members a front-row seat to view new technologies developed by Tampa Bay startups is up and running.

Friends of WaVE, a membership program and support organization for Tampa Bay WaVE, officially launched Wednesday night with a kickoff party at Ulele.

The program is designed to create advocates in the community who can help grow young companies at WaVE, a startup incubator. Friends of WaVE members often will be early adopters of technology developed by its companies and their customers, and will also help the companies make community connections, organizers said.