by Wilma Norton in Foundation News,Giving
Website brings together resources for Tampa Bay startups and entrepreneurs
MyStartUpTampaBay.com, a new website to provide entrepreneurs with the connections, resources and insights they need to realize their visions, was launched today at a presentation to 1 Million Cups St. Petersburg.
The site is a collaborative brought together by a small group of startup leaders with investment from Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and its donors. The key feature is a resource map that provides a visual guide to accelerators, incubators, investors, events, maker spaces, co-working spaces, academic programs and more throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.
“We want to give entrepreneurs easy access to a full view of the startup ecosystem in our region,” said Monica Stynchula, the project leader of MyStartUpTampaBay.com. “We want them to know where to turn to look for solutions to their startups’ needs without spinning their wheels in all the wrong places.”
A number of other websites have addressed specific segments of the start-up scene. MyStartUpTampa Bay aims to be a comprehensive resource, drawing on information from some of those other sites as well as new information and referrals provided by accelerators and incubators. Partners that have provided information include Tampa Bay StartUp Digest; Tampa Bay Intern and Tampa Bay 6/20. MyStartUpTampaBay also addresses a full range of startup types, not just technology.
“A lot of people assume that all startups are tech-related, and many of them are,” Stynchula said. “But there are a growing number of startups and entrepreneurs in all sorts of fields. We want to provide resources and connections for the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem — all sectors and ages.”
The founders hope that MyStartUpTampaBay can be used as a model in other cities to fuel the startup environment.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay provided the financial investment to get the website started as part of its goal for workforce and economic development. “Our mission is to connect people and resources to build a stronger, more vibrant Tampa Bay,” said Marlene Spalten, President and CEO of the Foundation. “By supporting and encouraging the startup community, we help open a new road to prosperity for entrepreneurs, who in turn can provide services and support for our area’s nonprofits and residents.”