Emerging Startup Hub: Tampa Bay
Tampa is one of six cities J.P. Morgan Chase and Co. chose to host its sponsored Startup Week events of speakers and panels. Among Dallas, Phoenix, Seattle, Denver, and Columbus, Chase chose Tampa as an emerging startup community based on the volume of activity recently taking place. Between Vinik taking over downtown waterfront space, new developments, and an airport renovation, it’s no wonder Tampa is finally gaining the attention it deserves. Chase’s selection signifies that Tampa is gaining recognition for it’s vision to become an emerging startup hub and place for economic growth. Not only are people talking about Tampa as a developing city, but acting on it!
Tampa Bay Startup Week is taking place February 2-6th to celebrate the growing community. What’s not to love about that?! The conference aims to build momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship in our area. Entrepreneurship and small business provides a source of energy, innovation, and creation that can revitalize a city like Tampa and propel it along the path of re-development. Tampa is uniquely positioned for this as a rather under-developed city with plenty of room for business growth and expansion. Just ask Jeff Vinik.
“You come back in five years, and you will not recognize downtown Tampa,” said mayor Bob Buckhorn, adding that the entrepreneurial community in the city really has started to take root in the past six or seven years.
Make sure you check out the week-long slate of activities, covering everything from ping pong in the park to fireside chats with startup leaders to hands-on entrepreneurial training sessions. For startups looking to lease their first space, I know this city like the back of my hand. I’d love to help you make an educated decision about where to plant your roots. I can’t wait to see this city truly thrive!
I highly recommend you must read the eBook on what you need to have for starting a business in Tampa, I believe you’ll get a lot out of it. If you haven’t claimed yours, go and grab it now for free! See you inside – I can’t wait to start working with you! We’re better together!