Vinik announces plans for innovation hub, $20M venture capital fund in downtown Tampa


    Jeff Vinik is planning to open an “innovation hub” within Channelside Bay Plaza, a massive space that could bring hundreds of people, from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists, to a currently moribund corner of downtown Tampa.

    Vinik and his real estate development company, Strategic Property Partners, are in the design phase of the innovation hub, which could occupy 40,000 to 75,000 square feet on the second floor of the remaining portion of Channelside Bay Plaza.