Tampa Bay Innovation Week

Celebrate innovation all week long with the Bay Area!

As Tampa Bay’s largest community business, tech, and innovation event, Synapse Summit has anchored Tampa Bay Innovation Week since its inception back in 2019! Synapse organizes and hosts a week of experiences, site visits, networking events, happy hours, parties, and more to help you discover the best of our region’s vibrant business community.

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Friday, Feb. 23rd

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STEM/Shift is a national summit focused on building momentum towards STEM business creation leveraging new use applications for NASA’s patent portfolio of existing market-ready technologies.

Saturday, Feb. 24th

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Inventors Day at AMRoC Fab Lab

Inventors Day at AMRoC Fab Lab celebrates all things inventive! This Open House event runs from 1 pm to 5 pm on February 24 in and around AMRoC Fab Lab at University Mall. Meet local inventors of all ages in our Inventors Showcase, learn about different inventors’ product development processes, see prototypes and learn about different prototyping methods and solutions, learn about patents and intellectual property, and enjoy tours of AMRoC Fab Lab

Inventors Day at AMRoC Fab Lab is a Tampa Bay Innovation Week event and cohosted by the Tampa Bay Inventors Council with support from the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

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Virtual Speed Networking!

Let’s harness the power of connection and innovation together during Tampa Bay Innovation Week’s Business Virtual Speed Networking Event.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to network with Tampa Bay’s brightest minds, share your vision, and gain valuable insights to drive your business forward.

Limited spots are available!

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REEF Governor’s Cup

State wide University Pitch Competition. Governor’s Cup brings the best talent from across the state of Florida’s University Students to all compete in a startup pitch competition. Only 1 student from each University is selected to represent their university. This event is not open to NON students. Anyone is welcome to come watch the pitches Saturday morning.

Monday, Feb. 26th

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Venture Studio Demo Day

On behalf of the Soaring City Innovation Partnership and The Idea & Innovation Factory, we invite you to be a part of our second business accelerator event, the Soaring City Venture Studio Demo Day. The event will take place on February 26th, 2024 at 6 p.m. in the BX2 Auditorium at Rithm (formerly University Mall).

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Next Gen Tech 360 (NGT360) Pre Game

An unforgettable evening featuring our future innovators and business leaders. Highlighting NGT360 season 2023-24 finalist teams who are competing for $10k and a 30 minute pitch to one of the original sharks Kevin Harrington. Hear from industry leaders in Tampa Bay and NGT360 alumni.
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SMARTstart Pasco – Tech Lunch at AmSkills

The AmSkills Workforce Innovation Center, opened on October 4th, 2023, and serves as a vital hub for workforce skills training in the Tampa Bay Region. Spanning 14,000 sq. ft., the Center is in Holiday, Pasco County and offers Advanced Manufacturing hands-on skills training and apprenticeship programs in the areas of Robotics, Mechatronics, Industry 4.0, Automation and Machining. The facility contains $1.5M of advanced training equipment and is a Training Center for State and Nationally recognized certifications including Florida Department of Education Pre-Apprenticeships & Apprenticeships, Smart Automation Certification Alliance (SACA), National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), National Institute of Metalworker Skills (NIMS), Amatrol Training Technology and others. Join us for a tour of this unique and innovative facility, learn how to RECRUIT, TRAIN & SUSTAIN a skilled workforce. . Here is a link https://www.amskills.org/ for more information on AMSkills.
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2024 Tampa Bay Tech Golf Tournament presented by SoftServe

Join us for another year of golf and networking at the annual Tampa Bay Tech Golf Classic at Ardea Country Club!

Check-In: Begins at 8:00 am

Shotgun Start: 9:00 am

Format: Team Scramble on one 18-hole course

Contests: Hole in One, Putting, Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive

⛳ This event has officially SOLD OUT! ⛳

Tuesday, Feb. 27th

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Investor Fly-In @ Embarc Collective

The Investor Fly-In @ Embarc Collective is our premier program to foster thoughtful connections between national investors and member startups building at Embarc Collective.

Each Investor Fly-In facilitates over 100 1:1 connections between pre-seed to post-series A investors and our members during an opening reception and investor office hours.

Thank you to our generous sponsors Buchanan & JPMorgan Chase & Co. This is a private event; reach out to hello@embarccollective.com with questions.

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Florida Funders Investor Summit

The summit will be an exciting day filled with expert insights from our keynote speaker, Cathie Wood of Ark Investments, and fresh perspectives from a panel of our portfolio companies, including Aharon Chernin of Rewst, Jim Schimpf of Chattr, and Frank Faricy of XGen AI.

We’re looking forward to welcoming an exclusive list of 250+ accredited investors and venture capitalists, as well as innovative founders from Florida Funders portfolio companies.

Topics that will be spoken on:
How AI Will Change the World
The Evolving Path to Business Profitability
The State of VC
The Transformative Impact of AI Investments
Getting Involved as an Investor

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Mechatronics Day at AMRoC Fab Lab

AIM @AMROC is a STEAM Career ConnectED program that seeks to bridge the Gender Equity gap in STEM with hands-on computer science, mechanical & electrical engineering, CAD, fabrication, AI & security with a career focus on rebuilding outdated infrastructure.

On February 27, 2023 , in partnership with Scoutlier, we’re hosting a Mechatronics Day Experience at AMRoC, with pre-service teacher training events, public workshops and presentations and an Open House where you can meet some of our amazing community partners and see firsthand the great work they’re doing. Guests will also be able to see 3D printers and laser cutters in action, fly drones, explore Computer Aided Drafting and programming, drive robots, explore game design and more.

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Black Innovation Leaders of Florida – Tampa Tour

The Florida Black Innovation Tour is a groundbreaking series of events that will traverse the vibrant cities of Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and Pensacola. This tour, hosted by the Black Innovation Leaders of Florida and its respective member organizations, aims to bring together like-minded individuals and organizations committed to empowering and uplifting the black community through the power of innovation.

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Meet the cyber entrepreneurs

Join us in welcoming the entrepreneurs participating in FIBA’s 2024 cyber program. This is a meet and greet with a short discussion about pivoting, resilience and perseverance.

Wednesday, Feb. 28th

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Whether you want to meet the talent driving the headlines, find partners who can solve innovation challenges, learn from top industry experts, or navigate Florida’s thriving startup and tech community in one central place, Synapse Summit is where you can find what you need, and share what you’ve created.
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Full Throttle RoundTable

Full Throttle is hosting a live weekly roundtable every Wednesday at 11am EST to trade tips and tricks on how to build effective revenue strategies. It is a free Zoom event where everyone can introduce themselves and network. 

Thursday, Feb. 29th

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State of Uptown

Join us for an exciting event, the State of Uptown, happening at the Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen! Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Uptown, where creativity, innovation, and community come together. This in-person gathering is a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, discover the latest trends, and explore the endless possibilities of Uptown. Don’t miss out on this incredible event that celebrates everything Uptown has to offer including the Community Impact Awards and the Jack A. Kolosky Healthcare Innovator Award.
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8th-Annual VR and Healthcare Global Symposium

The Virtual Reality and Healthcare Global Symposium 2024 is the 8th annual event scheduled from Feb. 29 to March 3, 2024. The event’s first two days will take place at Ringling College of Art and Design, followed by two days at Tampa’s Moffitt Cancer Center. The symposium aims to foster partnership and collaboration in healthcare, focusing on providing unique content and perspectives from across the healthcare and virtual reality development spectrum.

Notable speakers this year include:

Martin Murphy, Endowed Department Head for Virtual Reality at Ringling College
Ana Carolina Pereira, Ringling College Faculty
Dr. Sarah Hoffe, Moffitt Cancer Center
Dr. Susan Kirsh, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Ryan Douglas, DeepWell DTx
Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Stanford University
and over 50 other speakers and representatives from various institutions and organizations

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Taking Over Tech: Empowering Women in the Tech Industry

Join the Pinellas Tech Network Meetup on Thursday, February 29, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, for Taking Over Tech: Empowering Women in the Tech Industry. This event will feature food, drinks, networking, and a panel of influential female tech leaders from around the Tampa Bay area.

The event will be held at Geographic Solutions’ headquarters in Palm Harbor, Florida, just north of Tampa Road and US 19 N.

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Innovation with ALS

We will be hosting a session on What ALS Is. We will also have an Innovation section where we will showcase what technology and mobility that individuals living with ALS utilize to live their lives to the fullest.
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Memory Training: Innovating the Medical School Preparation Experience

An engaging memory training workshop with the BEST Academy to train your brain to prepare for a career in various health professions. Hear more information about how to get involved with the BEST’s diverse programs that support our vision to be a premier pathway program that develops and equips our youth aspiring to become future health professionals that will positively impact health inequalities around the world.

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Join the Tampa Bay Latín Chamber of Commerce for a dynamic luncheon bringing together forward-thinking business owners and community leaders.

At Higgins Hall, from 11:30AM to 1:00PM.

Guest Panelists
Nicole McDougall | Director of Partnerships at Synapse Florida

Gary Hartfield | Award Winning Serial Entrepreneur

Samuel Urquijo | CEO and Founder at Keybe 

Explore the intersection of innovation and social entrepreneurship, sparking discussions on how to drive positive change while achieving business success.

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AI Education Comedy Show

Get ready to laugh and learn as AI expert Ora Tanner gives a crash course in artificial intelligence with a dose of tech humor!

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11th Anniversary Alumni Gathering and Awards Presentation

In a world that increasingly appreciates innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, it’s heartening to see The University of Tampa alumni leading the charge. Our alumni, spread across different fields and corners of the globe, consistently break barriers, shape industries, and redefine standards of success through their entrepreneurial ventures.

As we mark the 11th year of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center’s Annual Alumni Gathering and Awards Presentation, we’re proud of the dynamic and collaborative network we’ve built—one that recognizes and elevates the accomplishments of UT alumni in all their varying successes. This event is a cornerstone of this mission—a celebration of our entrepreneurial alumni and their significant contributions to their respective fields. I’m delighted to extend an invitation to you for this year’s event, scheduled for Thursday, February 29th, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

We’ll kick off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 pm, followed by the awards presentation at 6:30 pm, and wrap up with more networking opportunities till 8:00 pm. Don’t miss a tour of our renowned Lowth Entrepreneurship Center (ranked # 1 undergraduate and #2 graduate programs in the South – Princeton Review 2023), and the chance to view our unique pitch room!

Join us in this celebration of innovation and success. We look forward to welcoming you.

Friday, March 1st

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The Tampa Bay Environment: How we are Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful!

Individuals will get to witness a presentation about Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful’s organization and how we are combating environmental issues. The group will also get to tour our property and participate in a cleanup at Reed Park.

Hosted by Project SonrYsa and Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce

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Cyb(h)er Ally Connect : Candle Pour

Cyb(H)er Connect Tampa: Candle-Making + Networking Event

Mark your calendars for an event that’s set to illuminate the Tampa Bay cybersecurity scene.

Forget traditional networking vibes; we’re bringing something fresh and creative to the scene. This evening promises a blend of creativity, conversation, and connection, set against the backdrop of candle pouring and the clinking of champagne glasses. It’s the perfect setting to spark new ideas, meet potential collaborators, and discuss the latest cybersecurity trends.

Join us for an exclusive evening of candle-pouring and networking.

This unique event marries the art of candle making with the dynamic world of cybersecurity, offering attendees a chance to craft their very own candle that embodies what cybersecurity means to them, all while engaging in meaningful conversations and forging new connections.

This event is designed for cybersecurity professionals looking to network in a unique and creative setting. Secure your spot today and be part of an evening where innovation meets tradition and where every candle lit symbolizes our collective commitment to cybersecurity.

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