TAMPA, FL (May 10, 2018) – Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. (Wave), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build, launch, and grow breakout tech businesses in Tampa Bay, has selected 10 early-stage tech companies to join their TechDiversity accelerator program, a national program designed for early-stage tech companies that are 51% owned,
controlled, and operated by a minority; woman; veteran; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or combination thereof. Among the 10 new cohort members, 7 startups have women CEO’s or co-founders, 7 have
minority CEO’s or co-founders, and 4 are out-of-state companies that are based in thriving tech cities such as New York City and Austin. The selected cohort also features some of the most promising startups in the Health Tech, Ed Tech, and HR Tech verticals. TechDiversity companies will work alongside each other in a collaborative, non-competitive environment and will be provided invaluable resources, such as a dedicated TechDiversity
Cohort Director, one-on-one mentoring with notable tech founders, sales procurement training, pitch coaching, and investor introductions. TechDiversity Accelerator companies will also participate in Wave’s Demo Day at the conclusion of the program, a unique opportunity for founders to present their companies to a room full of hand-selected investors, leaders, and press. TechDiversity Accelerator is sponsored by the Nielson Foundation.
The TechDiversity cohort was the largest candidate pool in Tampa Bay Wave history with over 100 applicants. The 10 companies hand-picked by the Selection Committee include:
- Articulate Labs Dallas, TX
- eTeki Tampa, FL
- GuestBox Austin, TX
- Immersed Games Gainesville, FL
- Little Global Citizens Bradenton, FL
- OpticSurg New York City, NY
- ProjectMQ Tampa, FL
- Resility Health Jacksonville, FL
- Super Auth Tampa, FL
- SynsorMed Atlanta, GA
eTeki is excited and proud to be chosen as one of Tampa Bay Wave’s Inaugural TechDiversity Accelerator which fosters the growth of diverse startups in central Florida and across the country.