Innovation and entrepreneurship play a key role in driving the business culture of Hillsborough County and the entire Tampa Bay region. Thanks to a strong support system of investors, mentors, and fellow innovators, companies such as TribridgeBloomin’ Brands, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Xcelience, myMatrixx, Digital Hands, and many others have been able to launch and successfully grow here. The Tampa Hillsborough EDC and its partners are committed to keeping companies born in Tampa Bay in the area, working with them to ensure that they can find the talent, resources, and business assistance they need to establish strong roots and thrive here.


Hillsborough County’s Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2), a program designed to drive the growth of startups and small businesses in our area. EDI2 provides support and resources for startups as well as nonprofits involved in incubation, acceleration, mentoring, and networking to strengthen the technology and innovation community already established in the county.


Tampa Bay has a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs, capital providers, service providers, organizations, and events that create constant opportunities for startups to engage with the talent, mentors, partners, and customers they need to thrive.


Below you’ll find a list of some of the many organizations available in this market to launch or help grow your venture:


Incubators and Accelerators

First WaVE Accelerator

Florida-Israel Business Accelerator

Tampa Bay WaVE

USF Tampa Bay Technology Incubator

USF Student Innovation Incubator


Capital Providers

Florida Funders

Florida Venture Forum



Bar Camp Tampa Bay

Entrepreneur Collaborative Center

The Greenhouse


One Million Cups 

Start Up Bus Tampa 

Tampa Bay Innovation Alliance

Tampa Bay Tech

Tampa Code Camp 

TEC Garage

USF Center for Entrepreneurship

USF Connect 

University of Tampa Entrepreneurship Center 







For more startup resources, please contact Steve Morey, Vice President, Business Development, at
813-518-2630 or