About this Program
Tampa Bay Wave’s TechDiversity Accelerator program, powered by The Nielsen Foundation, is a 90 day program designed for early stage tech companies 51% owned, controlled and operated by people of color (including Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Latino or Latina, Native or other minority entrepreneurs), women, veterans, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities or combination thereof.
This is a national/international program based out of Tampa that will further elevate the incredible momentum of the Tampa Bay (and Florida) Business & Technology ecosystem. Companies are not required to be based out of Tampa, and the program is anticipated to be held 100% virtually, culminating in Demo Day on 7/20/2023.
Over the course of the program, there will be intensive blocks of programming 3-4 days per month focused on topics that are pertinent for founders. Previous speakers include Financial Modeling experts, Venture Capitalists, Family Offices, the former Chief Investment Officer of Lighter Capital, the Founder of Priceline.com, Enterprise SaaS Sales and Marketing experts, M&A experts, Serial Entrepreneurs, Public Relations experts, and more.
Outside of these intensive blocks, startups will be able to leverage the Wave’s 100+ strong mentor network, the Wave team, and the community to assist move companies through milestones as quickly as possible. Alumni companies have leveraged the Wave in multiple ways, including (but not limited to):
- Founder relations
- Investor preparation/introductions
- Customer preparation/introductions
- Compliance issues
- HR/Legal/Accounting issues
- Marketing/Messaging streamlining
- CEO coaching
Notable alumni from the TechDiversity program include Philadelphia’s Neuroflow (TD 2019) who recently closed a $20M Series B in Q1 2021, Los Angeles’ Solo Funds (TD 2020) who won the 2020 Established’s Startup of the Year Competition and closed a $10M Series A in Q1 2021, Sao Paolo, Brazil’s In Event (TD 2019), Orlando’s Home Lending Pal (TD 2020), Austin’s Tax Taker (TD 2020), Washington DC’s The Inc Lab (TD 2019), New York’s OpticSurg (TD 2018), Boise’s Free to Feed (TD 2020), Tampa’s Carevalet (TD 2020), and more.
Companies have joined TechDiversity from throughout the United States and abroad, and have either been alumni of or have joined some of the top Accelerators in the world, including (but not limited to) DreamIt Ventures, Jumpstart Foundry, Y Combinator, Techstars, Plug and Play, Alchemist, Zeroto510, Johnson & Johnson J-Labs, IndieBio, and more.
Notable investors to our TechDiversity companies includes (but is not limited to) Y Combinator, Techstars, DreamIt Ventures, Builders VC, Loud Capital, Red & Blue Ventures, Wharton, Serena Williams, Oprah, Will Smith, CEAS Investments, Sage Creek Capital, Queen City Angels, Rebel Fund, Storm Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, TMC, and more.
Media coverage for the program and alumni companies have included Forbes, TechCrunch, the New York Times, Grit Daily, Cheddar, INC, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
- Accepts 10 companies
Computers and Peripherals, Digital Marketing, Education, Financial Services, Gaming