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Healthtech, adtech, fintech startups among those in the next Tampa Bay Wave accelerator

Margie Manning

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Tampa Bay Wave says its new cohort of accelerator startups may be its most diverse ever, in terms of the wide range of problems the young companies are solving.

The nine tech companies that make up the fall 2019 accelerator cohort include three healthtech companies, two marketing/adtech companies, two consumer product companies, one fintech company and one marketplace company.

The cohort started today. The nine companies in it are:

Ecover Global Inc., Tampa

Ecover Global is a HIPAA-compliant patient engagement platform that enhances pre- and post-op communication. CEO: Raymond Sever

Exiom, Monticello, Florida

Exiom utilizes advanced 3D modeling software, combined with a simple iPad-based 3D scanner to create breathable, waterproof and hygienic custom fit limb splints. CEO:  Erik Paul

Fruutfull, Tampa

Fruutfull is a direct-to-consumer e commerce company that is introducing an entirely new category of bras which will allow their customers to create a personalized fit. Founders: Ellery Linder and Danielle Rushton

Medzoomer, Tampa

Medzoomer is an on-demand prescription delivery service that enables users to avoid stress associated with prescription pickup. Medzoomer optimizes and tracks the performance of pharmacy partners through its software. CEO: Marvin Kloss

Nickelytics, Fort Myers

Nickelytics (formerly The Nickel Ride) provides dynamic advertising solutions that help increase gig economy drivers’ pay. CEO: Judah Longgrear

OmPay, Tampa

OmPay is a web-based app that provides access to zero percent interest deferred payment currently piloting at the Wyndham Grand in Clearwater. Founders: Jordan Karstadt and Sahil Sachdev

Rentit, Tampa

Rentit is a peer-to-peer eCommerce rental platform that allows consumers and businesses to monetize their assets in the sharing economy. CEO: David Rodriguez

Reptrics, Tampa

Reptrics helps businesses generate customer testimonials by automating the collection of reviews and posting them to review sites that matter most. Reptrics reputation management platform ensures that businesses can monitor their reviews across multiple review sites without having to lift a finger. CEO: Kevin Goodwin

SoleVenture, St. Petersburg

SoleVenture is the back-office support for the company of one. The platform provides the infrastructure needed to build and grow a business for formation, tax setup and business insurances to the personal benefits of traditional employment, including health, dental, vision and limited medical plans. Founders: Eve Epstein and Robin Rusignuolo

Rich Heruska

“This cohort brings a group of visionary founders with a common purpose of transforming their industries,” Rich Heruska, accelerator director, said in a news release.

Leaders of the companies in the fall 2019 cohort will work alongside each other in a collaborative, non-competitive environment during the 90-day program. Companies will be provided with a dedicated cohort director, one-on-one mentoring with notable tech founders, pitch coaching and investor introductions.

Accelerator companies will take part in Wave’s Demo Day at the conclusion of the program, which will be held during the 2020 Synapse Summit, Feb. 11-12 at Amalie Arena. Companies will then be supported through an ongoing membership beyond the initial program.

Linda Olson, president and CEO, Tampa Bay Wave

“Wave is committed to providing critical mentorship and other resources to these promising tech companies to help them become scalable, successful ventures,” Linda Olson, president and founder of Tampa Bay Wave, said in the news release.

This is the 20th accelerator cohort for Wave, which launched its accelerator program in March 2013 and typically runs three cohorts a years. Wave’s accelerator program is the only Florida-based accelerator program accepted into GAN (gan.co), a network of the most respected accelerators around the world.

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