Vinik-backed Dreamit Ventures unveils first urban tech startups at Water Street Tampa

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Jeff Vinik, Tampa Bay Lightning owner and now partner in the joint venture real estate development known as Water Street Tampa, may one day become best known as the man who helped turbo-charge Tampa Bay into a major tech community.

An early step in this process was Vinik’s recent decision to recruit Dreamit Ventures to serve as the in-house accelerator program to recruit a group of startup companies focused on “urban tech.” They will work hand-in-hand with the 50-plus-acre, $3 billion Strategic Property Partners project backed by Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment.