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Tampa Bay WaVE opens new location for business startups

Tom Mulliez, founder of outdoor adventure startup iTrekkers, listens to Tampa Bay WaVE president Linda Olson, give an enthusiastic update on the potential for this region's entrepreneurial economy at a preview opening of WaVE's second Tampa location on Channelside Drive. A standing room only audience of more than 160 attended the morning event.
[ROBERT TRIGAUX | Times]

Tom Mulliez, founder of outdoor adventure startup iTrekkers, listens to Tampa Bay WaVE president Linda Olson, give an enthusiastic update on the potential for this region's entrepreneurial economy at a preview opening of WaVE's second Tampa location on Channelside Drive. A standing room only audience of more than 160 attended the morning event. [ROBERT TRIGAUX | Times]

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay WaVE previewed its new space on Channelside Drive and second downtown location in Tampa for business startups Tuesday morning with more than 160 attendees.

WaVE founder Linda Olson gave a passionate appeal for the future of the area entrepreneurial economy but also asked for broader community support and funding to help startups grow and also remain here as they add more jobs and revenues.

The new space near the port's cruise terminal will operate for six months and likely be renewed for another six months before the location gets redeveloped as part of the larger project of the Jeff Vinik--Cascade Investment joint venture known as Strategic Property Partners. Since 2013, Olson said, Tampa Bay WaVE has supported 198 tech startups that have raised $110 million in funding and created close to 1,000 jobs.

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