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October 13, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Tampa Bay Innovation Center launches new climate-tech accelerator

Coming on the heels of Hurricane Ian, a St. Petersburg, FL entrepreneurial support group has announced that a new climate-centered start-up accelerator is coming to the region – the first for the area.

The new program, to be offered by the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, will be the organization’s sixth cohort program and will focus on climate tech to clean tech entities. Duke Energy and PODS Moving and Storage are listed as key initial supporters.

“While climate-tech solutions are the focus of this program, the underlying tools and, in turn, the talent pool that is needed will draw from all the hottest tech disciplines including artificial intelligence, augmented reality, big data, blockchain, robotics, and other evolving technologies,” said Ken Evans, Accelerator Managing Director in a news release.

To include as many start-ups as possible, the “TBIC Climate-Tech Accelerator” will accommodate various stages of companies, with programming tailored to help founders and their investors create sustainable ventures. The accelerator and related resources will support four technology phases: invention, innovation, adoption, and commercialization.

The 12-week program will be the Tampa Bay region’s first accelerator focused solely on supporting climate-tech start-ups. The accelerator and related programs will concentrate on innovators/entrepreneurs leading change and bringing forth solutions that will make a difference in protecting the future.

Applications for the new program are now open (click here) with the first cohort starting January 9. Applications from out-of-state entrepreneurs will be accepted.

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