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  • Growing and engaged investor network of 200+ with introductions based on readiness and investor fit 
  • Coaching to help prepare for Pitches, Investor Meetings, etc. 
  • Pitch Night during the 100-day program to investors, mentors, and technology stakeholders
  • Demo Day event to conclude the 100-day program catered to our investor community


  • Peer to Peer Networking with fellow Cohort members and current Tampa Bay Wave Member companies 
  • Invites to socials, community events and other opportunities to network and engage
  • Women’s Forum Quarterly Events for Women-lead companies
  • Major Tech Ecosystem Events introducing you to the Tampa Bay Ecosystem


  • Lifetime access to GAN and its resources, a highly curated community of more than 100 of the world's best accelerators, through your participation in Tampa Bay Wave.
  • Access our perks, up to $1M in savings, from providers like AWS, Google Cloud, Twilio SendGrid, BREX, HubSpot, and 100's more!
  • Free Co-Working at the Tampa Bay Wave ($2,100 annual value)
  • 20 Hours of Free Meeting Space each month ($8,400 annual value)
  • Receive 2 Free Weeks of Co-Working at 100+ GAN Accelerators across the world
  • PR and Marketing support to communicate successes and celebrate milestones
  • Communications on Ecosystem Events & Programs


  • Cohort Director for Dedicated Support & Coaching 
  • One of the largest mentor networks in Florida with subject & vertical expertise. Many mentors are Entrepreneurs with successful Exits and/or Directors/C-Level at larger corporations
  • Membership to Union - our Company & Mentor Connection Platform 
  • Mentor Surge to meet many mentors in one event

Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing local entrepreneurs with facilitated access to the resources, expertise, and capital they need to grow vibrant technology-based companies in Tampa Bay and create high wage tech jobs, thus fostering an innovation-based economy for the region. Since March 2013, Tampa Bay Wave has supported more than 200 tech startups in Tampa Bay.

Apply for the Fall 2019 Accelerator Program



Each of our cohorts are punctuated with an amazing Demo Day event that has proven to be a valuable opportunity to connect with our vast investor network and our ecosystem at large. The event draws 150+ attendees and has generated capital and connections for our cohort companies.



Tech Enabled Company located in the Greater Tampa Bay Region Currently or on track to meet our Launch or Grow Criteria within the next 12 months.  

  • Market Validation & Sales: Paying customers and/or paid pilots. Prefer at least $100,000 in sales and/or significant market traction.
  • Dedicated Management Team: The founding team is full-time and exclusively focused on the company
  • Investable Business: Existing pitch assets and/or an angel round of at least $100,000
  • Governance & Legal Structure: Executed Operating Agreement
  • Accounting & Finance: Existing budget and financial model with a qualified accounting platform
  • Business Plan: Documented, viable and scalable
  • Financial runaway of at least 6-12 months
  • Membership Fee: $4,800 annually per company 

Launch Criteria

  • Company must meet or exceed the Launch stage criteria
  • Annual Revenue and/or Capital Raised: $1M in annual recurring revenue or $1M Series A or above
  • Scalable Marketing & Sales Process: Can demonstrate results and repeatable market traction
  • Standard Operating Procedures: Active and documented operating processes and procedures
  • Accounting & Finance: Existing budget and financial model with a qualified accounting platform
  • Executive Management Team: Three or more full-time members
  • Team Growth: At least 10 full-time employees
  • Human Resources: Active and documented operating processes and procedures
  • Advisory Board: Recommended
  • Membership Fee: $4,800 annually per company

Grow Criteria

Key Dates

  • July 18th - Applications Open
  • September 16th - Applications Close
  • September 27th - Semi-Finalists are notified
  • October 9th - 11th - Selection Committee in-person Interviews
  • October 28th - Cohort Kick-Off
  • February 11th - Demo Day at Synapse Summit