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Investors get a sneak peek at 11 diverse startups working with Tampa Bay Wave

Margie Manning



Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Pitch Night

The 11 startups in Tampa Bay Wave’s latest TechDiversity Accelerator have come a long way since the program began three months ago.

One company has moved its headquarters to Tampa from New York. Another is set to appear on a reality TV show where viewers get to decide the next big idea in tech. Three others are in the running for “startup of the year.”

They’ll highlight their successes and their business models Sept. 10 at a Demo Day at FIVE Labs in Tampa. More than a dozen investments groups are expected to be in attendance, ranging from heavyweights such as Raymond James and Goldman Sachs, to local groups including Seedfunders, Florida Funders and Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners. Including individual angel investors, Wave anticipates about 40 investors will be at the event.

Each company will get a few minutes to pitch to the investors and other supporters.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of their progress.

• InEvent, SafetyPIN Technologies and NeuroFlow are current on the Top 100 Startups of the Year List. InEvent has event management software. SafetyPIN offers a universal trust badge designed for the sharing and gig economies. NeuroFlow is a digital health technology and analytics company promoting behavioral health access and engagement.

• InEvent also just wrapped Y Combinator, a seed accelerator in Silicon Valley.

• HoyHealth, with a platform that offers consumers access to care, medications and support for chronic health conditions, will appear on Season 3 of Meet the Drapers. Meet the Drapers is a reality TV show featuring the Draper family, which is heavily invested in technology firms. The show features 27 entrepreneurs and their companies. Viewers get a chance to invest in the companies.

• Gauge, an artificial intelligence-enabled mobile market research platform, landed Paris-based beauty products firm Sephora as a client.

• JustProtect, a secure tech company,  finalized a move to Tampa from New York.

See video interviews with many of the founders of the TechDiversity accelerator companies here.

This is the second TechDiversity cohort for Tampa Bay Wave, a nonprofit that houses and services tech startups.

The companies in the program are at least 51 percent owned, controlled and operated by a minority, woman, veteran, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or combination thereof. All are post-revenue, and three of them have more than $1 million in trailing 12-month revenue.

St. Pete Catalyst readers can purchase tickets to attend here.

Nielsen Foundation collaborated with Wave and helped fund the accelerator program.

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