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Tampa Bay Wave starts ‘new chapter’ with hiring of tech entrepreneur

Margie Manning

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Tampa Bay Wave

Tampa Bay Wave has hired a seasoned tech entrepreneur as its new director of startups and entrepreneurship programs.

The new director, Ramit Singh, has an expansive track record of scaling startups, building communities and mentoring new companies, Wave said in a news release.

Ramit Singh, director of startup and entrepreneurship programs, Tampa Bay Wave

Singh was a key managing member of global TransitTech rideshare companies, Via and ViaVan. He joined Via in its early days, as the third U.S. employee, and remained for six-and-a-half years as the company expanded globally. He also spent three years with another startup, Select Minds, which was acquired by Oracle.

Singh is a Techstars London mentor, and serves locally as Entrepreneur in Residence for University of Tampa, according to Wave news release.

Wave is a a Tampa nonprofit that houses and services technology startups. Its mission is to help local entrepreneurs build, launch and grow breakout tech companies in Tampa Bay. Hiring Singh is “pivotal” in helping achieve that mission, said Brian Deming, Wave board chairman.

Brian Deming, Tampa Bay Wave board chairman, and Linda Olson, Wave president and CEO

“The addition of Ramit to Tampa Bay Wave’s leadership team will fill a critical role and will help ensure the organization is properly staffed for achieving its objectives of attracting and retaining tech companies, talent and capital for the Tampa Bay region,” Deming said.

Ramit will spearhead Wave’s CORE Membership program which serves more than 60 tech startups year-round, as well as Wave’s 100+ member volunteer mentor network, said Linda Olson, Wave founder and CEO.

“Ramit has an incredible background that will help accelerate the growth of these tech startups and foster the overall growth of the Tampa Bay tech ecosystem,” Olson said.

Bringing Singh on board signals the beginning of a new and significant chapter for Wave and Wave companies, the news release said.

Since receiving a federal grant in March 2013, Wave has worked with more than 300 tech startups that have created 2,500 jobs and collectively have raised more than $300 million, Olson said last month while speaking in St. Petersburg at the kickoff of the  U.S. Department of Commerce SPRINT challenge.

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