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AI firm TheIncLab expanding Ybor City headquarters, adding 40 jobs

The company will take over 8,000 square feet in a historic building and add 40 jobs.
TheIncLab is relocating its headquarters to Ybor City's historic El Pasaje building.
TheIncLab is relocating its headquarters to Ybor City's historic El Pasaje building. [ Richard Danielson ]
Published Oct. 25
Updated Oct. 25

A Tampa artificial intelligence company has announced it’s expanding inside a historic building in Ybor City, filling a space 20 times larger than its current home and adding 40 jobs in the process.

TheIncLab, which moved to Ybor City from the Washington, D.C. area in early 2020, will take over an 8,000-square-foot lease in the old El Pasaje building at 1320 Ninth Ave., a significant expansion from their 400-square-foot facility there now.

The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council, which helped facilitate the expansion, said in an announcement that TheIncLab, called TIL for short, would be adding software engineers, tech developers and 3D designers, among other roles, with salaries averaging around $85,000.

The company currently has only about seven local employees, with 15 remote and 20 still in the Washington location. A company spokeswoman said all 40 anticipated hires would be people living and working in Tampa Bay. The company had explored other office spaces in Tampa, but settled on a return to Ybor City when more space in the El Pasaje building became available.

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“TIL’s expansion in Tampa is further proof that our city has the highly skilled talent and supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem tech founders need to build and grow successful companies,” said Tampa Mayor Jane Castor. “We’re thrilled to see TIL growing in Tampa and finding a new home in one of Ybor City’s most storied historic buildings.”

Opened in 1895, the El Pasaje building was once known as the Cherokee Club, a former gentleman’s club and restaurant. TheIncLab’s new space inside that building belonged most recently to Sofwerx, a defense-oriented tech hub driven by U.S. Special Operations Command. TheIncLab has counted Department of Defense agencies as clients, along with larger private aerospace and technology companies.

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The company’s focus is “AI + X,” a research term that stands for “artificial intelligence plus experience.” The University of South Florida has an institute dedicated to AI + X, which aims to foster creative development in the artificial intelligence world. The school played a role in TheIncLab’s decision to move to Tampa, hiring more than a dozen developers and engineers since early 2020.

“We are proud to occupy this historic space and continue the tradition of fostering spaces for innovation and collaboration in Ybor City,” said TheIncLab CEO Adriana Avakian. “We are the first AI + X lab and one of the most unique in the country, and we hope to lead the way in artificial intelligence and data visualization capabilities in Tampa and in the United States.”