Winter Innovations, 12 other teams nearing completion of the “Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Accelerator”

Late yesterday was “Pitch Night Online” for Lia Winter of Winter Innovations and 12 other start-ups that will wrap-up their participation in the “Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Accelerator” with an exclusive “Demo Day” for investors only in mid-September.

It was at least the second time the founding entrepreneurs have made virtual presentations since joining the 90-day program that helps “entrepreneurs transform their ventures into sustainable businesses that have a strong advantage in the tech industry. Wave offers start-ups of all sizes and at all stages the resources they need to build and scale their business.”

In opening the session, Linda Olson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit Tampa Bay Wave, said the new accelerator cohort that begins next week will bring the total number of start-ups served to 86.

Winter (pictured here in last night’s pre-recorded pitch) and Co-Founder Preston Dishner launched the company while both were graduate students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After graduation, they participated in the “ZeroTo510 Accelerator” accelerator in Memphis. That program is designed to help medical device companies secure 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the path they are following.

“We expect to file our 510(k) by the end of the year,” Winter said in last night’s presentation. The company made news earlier this month when it announced that the completion of its first production build of EasyWhip™ needles at its contract manufacturer. You can find that article here.

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