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Robert Trigaux

Forget six tenors. Try six founders on Mahaffey Theater stage for Demo Day pitching start-ups




Wake up and good morning. Six tenors at the Mahaffey Theater?

Try six founders of start-ups pitching from the stage to investors and the larger Tampa Bay community. Above, Sean Davis of Red Hawk Interactive pitches his company to help content providers and viewers to connect more easily on TV shows delivered over the Internet.

 brettobeydemoday2011mahaffeyjamesborchuck.They are the six "graduating" start-ups of the first class of the Gazelle Lab business accelerator. It was a  big day for the start-ups, Gazelle Lab and for a regional Tampa bay community that's starting to focus on building an infrastructure and expertise to support more business start-ups and the jobs they will eventually create. Bret Tobey (photo, right), founder of start-up AutoIQ, enjoyed the support of his parents, Dave and Joan Tobey of Tarpon Springs, in the audience as he asked investors for $1.5 million to help expand his young business. Read my column about Demo Day here.

(Photos by James Borchuck, St. Petersburg Times)

-- Robert Trigaux, Business Columnist, St. Petersburg Times (soon to become the Tampa Bay Times)



[Last modified: Friday, November 18, 2011 8:19am]


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