Make us your home page

Tampa Bay WaVE startup center relocating from Rivergate to Kennedy space

After opening just over two years ago in Tampa's Rivergate Tower on N Ashley Drive— also known as the Beer Can Building — the Tampa Bay WaVE business incubator is relocating next month. Backed by federal grants and local matching funds, the nonprofit technology accelerator will reopen five blocks away at 500 E Kennedy Blvd. with an official grand opening planned for later this summer.

The Rivergate Tower was sold in late 2014 as part of a group of commercial properties and was spun off and put up for individual sale earlier this year.

According to Tampa Bay WaVE, the move is driven in large part by a federal i6 Challenge grant awarded in April through a partnership with the University of South Florida. With the additional resources, Tampa Bay WaVE will expand its FirstWaVE Venture Center capacity for accelerating tech startups to seed and early-stage capital.

"We're thrilled to announce the expansion of our FirstWaVE program so that we can provide even more critical support to local startups, address more gaps in our local ecosystem and foster a culture of innovation throughout the region," WaVE president Linda Olson said.

The incubator credits the new location to a partnership between Tampa Bay WaVE and local lawyer and businessman Richard McIntyre, a partner at the McIntyre Thanasides law firm. McIntyre purchased the E Kennedy building this month.

"We are very fortunate and excited to share our building with them," McIntyre said.

The incubator says it has supported more than 90 local startups that collectively have created and retained more than 350 jobs — a good counterbalance to a metro area still focused on recruiting jobs with taxpayer incentives.

Tampa Bay WaVE startup center relocating from Rivergate to Kennedy space 05/25/15 [Last modified: Monday, May 25, 2015 8:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Raisa Collins, 9, far left, works on a craft project as Certified Nursing Assistant Shuntal Anthony holds Cassidy Merrill, 1, while pouring glue for Quanniyah Brownlee, 9, right, at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15. To help keep its patients safe during Hurricane Irma, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare through the week. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  2. After Irma, nursing homes scramble to meet a hard deadline

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power …

    In this Sept. 13 photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood. Nine have died and patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame. [Amy Beth Bennett | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]
  3. Trigaux: How Moffitt Cancer's M2Gen startup won $75 million from Hearst


    TAMPA — A Moffitt Cancer Center spin-off that's building a massive genetic data base of individual patient cancer information just caught the attention of a deep-pocketed health care investor.

    Richard P. Malloch is the president of Hearst Business Media, which is announcing a $75 million investment in M2Gen, the for-profit cancer informatics unit spun off by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Malloch's job is to find innovative investments for the Hearst family fortune. A substantial amount has been invested in health care, financial and the transportation and logistics industries.
  4. Three-hour police standoff ends, thanks to a cigarette


    TAMPA — A man threatening to harm himself was arrested by Tampa police on Tuesday after a three-hour standoff.

  5. Another Hollywood nursing home resident dies. It's the 9th in post-Irma tragedy.

    State Roundup

    The Broward County Medical Examiner's office is investigating another death of a resident of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills — the ninth blamed on the failure of a cooling system that became a stifling deathtrap three days after Irma hit.

    Carlos Canal, pictured at 47 years old, came to Miami from Cuba in 1960. Above is his citizenship photo. [Courtesy of Lily Schwartz]