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Tampa Bay Wave, Inc.


Tampa, FL

Project Name

I-4 Innovation Investors Collaborative


Seed Fund Support

Award Amount

Federal Share

Local Match



Tampa Bay Wave and its partners will launch the I-4 Innovation Investors Collaborative (I4I2), a regional investor collaborative focused on directly addressing Central Florida’s early-stage capital funding gaps. Florida ranks comparatively low in access to early-stage capital despite its size, partly because many of Florida’s accredited investors often focus on real estate or other low-tech investments because they are unfamiliar with equity-based investment mechanisms and opportunities in innovative technology companies. With a goal to catalyze early-stage investment activity throughout Central Florida for local innovation-based, high-growth potential startups, I4I2 plans to: leverage established seed/early-stage funds and accelerators to launch a regional, collaborative seed fund model to serve Central Florida’s innovative startups; educate regional accredited investor prospects about innovation-based investment opportunities to grow the region’s investor pool; and pilot a minimum of 30 investments by accelerator seed funds in the collaborative that deploys at least $2 million during the three year grant period. Within five years after the grant, the I4I2 Collaborative expects to deploy $17 million in capital, investing in 105 companies and supporting over 350 jobs.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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