Winter, other participants in “Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Accelerator” introduced in virtual event

In a virtual event yesterday afternoon, the “Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Accelerator” unveiled the 15 entrepreneurs who are participating in its four-month program, and one of those was Lia Winter of Winter Innovations LLC.

She is the two-time graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville who developed the EasyWhipTM stitching needle for orthopedic procedures and is now bringing it to market as the start-up’s inaugural product.

Each of the 15 made what amounted to a less than 60-second introduction to the company, and readers can find information about the other members of the cohort here. Next are two screen shots from yesterday’s event including Winter’s pre-recorded overview.

As described on its website, the four-month Tampa Bay Wave program 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.”

Most of yesterday’s one-hour session was devoted to a panel discussion around the challenges faced by the entrepreneurs the accelerator is designed to serve – early stage tech companies that are 51 percent owned, controlled, and operated by a minority, woman, veteran, disabled or LGBTQ person or persons.

The panel was moderated by Keith Woods, Chief Diversity Officer at NPR, and featured four individuals: (1) Anna Mason, a Partner on Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund; (2) Jose Morey, Chief Medical Innovation Officer with Liberty BioSecurity; (3) LaKendria Robinson, Director, Business Connect & Community Outreach at Tampa Bay Super Bowl LV Host Committee; and (4) Andy Stoll, Senior Program Officer for Ecosystem Development with the Kauffman Foundation.

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