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Tampa Bay Accelerator gets diversity


A startup accelerator launching in Florida this year is dedicated to increasing diversity in the tech industry.

Innovators Magazine regularly features prominent accelerators worldwide, to showcase the work they’re doing and to alert potential applicants to their existence. And the TechDiversity Accelerator in Tampa Bay merits a big mention. Thanks to a collaboration between non-profit, Tampa Bay Wave, which works to support early stage companies in the area grow and make an impact in the market; and the Nielsen Foundation, the accelerator is walking the talk when it comes to providing opportunities for all.

The three-month platform is open to startups which are at least 51% run by ‘a minority; woman; veteran; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person or combination thereof’.

“We are thrilled that the TechDiversity Accelerator with Tampa Bay Wave is one of the Foundation’s first signature programs. We hope that empowering, encouraging, and accelerating diverse tech businesses through the Accelerator can really move the needle on growing the pipeline of diverse-owned companies around the United States,” said Crystal Barnes, Executive Director of Grantmaking of the Nielsen Foundation. 
Selected startups will work in a ‘non-competitive environment’ and gain access to expert mentoring support in areas including investment readiness and pitch coaching.
Eligible startups need to apply by 31 March for this summer’s inaugural accelerator.

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