Young talent helps Tampa Bay stand out in tech, new group says


    Technology industry leaders have unveiled a new organization to highlight the area’s strength in the tech sector.

    ETL Tampa Bay has been formed to transform Tampa Bay into the technology capital of the Southeast and become a beacon for innovation and a nesting spot for startups, organizers said.

    ETL Tampa Bay is focused on introducing emerging tech leaders to the Tampa Bay community. An emerging leader is a professional who is building a career in the technology field, driving industry innovation and economic development for the tech community, and generally is under 40 years of age, said Allie Felix, director of programming and partnership at Embarc Collective, the Jeff Vinik-backed initiative to bring together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academic resources in one location in Tampa.