Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete announces $1.2 million grant toward Grow Smarter Strategy

The Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg announced Thursday a multi-year grant totaling $1.2 million will go toward the Grow Smarter Strategy, a partnership between the City of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Grow Smarter is a multi-sector strategy for highlight sectors of economic opportunity and growth in St. Petersburg.

Developed in 2014, the Grow Smarter Strategy has lead to the creation of the St. Petersburg Innovation District and the St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation (St. Pete EDC). Grow Smarter focused on seven strategic focus areas and five target job sectors, and its progress is steered by seven community-led work groups formed by business leaders and citizens.

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Florida Aquarium makes waves in efforts to save coral reefs

A partnership between The Florida Aquarium and researchers in London could have a big impact on the work to restore coral reefs.

The Tampa nonprofit is working on technology that would allow coral to reproduce four times a year, instead of the natural once-a-year reproduction cycle, said Roger Germann, president and CEO, at the Florida-Israel Business Accelerator’s Connection to Innovation event Wednesday night.

Creating more “coral babies” is vital to saving the marine animals, which Germann said are an essential and vital component of the ecosystems, but have been threatened or destroyed by climate change and disease.

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What you need to know about Startup Week Tampa Bay 2019

Organizers of TechStars Startup Week Tampa Bay have an ambitious goal for the 2019 event.

They want to draw more than the 4,000 attendees who came to some or all of the program earlier this year.

“Last year was our biggest year yet,” said Mark Lombardi-Nelson, emcee of Startup Week. “We’re intending on growing past that.”

The event is a five-day celebration led by more than 100 entrepreneurs. It includes speakers, panel discussions and interactive sessions at which experts teach their craft — topics ranging from web development and cybersecurity to fashion, music and food. All the sessions are free.

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SPx Episode 45: Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective

Lakshmi Shenoy goes long-form on building Embarc Collective, her plan to attract startup talent to Tampa Bay and finding a seat at the table.

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The Hustle

Mark Moser (Outerlife Studios)

Mark Moser enables escapes from reality. As an imagineer and managing partner at the Outerlife Studios Escape Room in St. Pete, Moser manages two rooms in his facility: the Disarm and Scorched rooms.

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Sundial St. Pete

Originally St. Petersburg’s BayWalk, the Sundial St. Pete is a two-story open air shopping center in the heart of downtown.

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The Shuffle

Dean Akers
Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Dave Campbell


Jenny Miller & Katelyn Grady
The Body Electric

Focus: freeFall

Three’s company for ‘Christmas’ at freeFall

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told — plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop culture, and every carol ever sung. That’s the self-explanatory one-line for the show opening Dec. 1 (preview Nov. 30) at freeFall Theatre. Written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alvarez, it’s a fast-paced (duh) two-act comedy called Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

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ACUMEN: Entrepreneurship

Thanksgiving Revelations from My Favorite Scientist [Lakshmi Shenoy]

As I reflect on Thanksgiving 2018, I’m struck by how much I’ve applied what I learned from my father, the scientist, to my world of supporting entrepreneurs and building Embarc Collective.

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