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Tampa Bay Innovation Week: Feb 12-18, 2023

Join us as we celebrate innovation throughout Tampa Bay!

Tampa Bay Innovation Week is a celebration of the Greater Tampa Bay area’s tech and innovation ecosystem during the week of Synapse Summit, Feb 12th-18th. Your business or organization is encouraged to host events that highlight their place in the region’s innovation ecosystem. Criteria for these events are intentionally ambiguous to leave room for creativity and inclusivity – examples include: art shows, technology activations, unique dining experiences, cocktail parties, pitch competitions, ribbon cuttings, and events we haven’t even thought of yet!

Thousands of leaders, business owners, investors, etc. will be traveling to Synapse Summit during this week. TBIW provides an opportunity for the Tampa Bay innovation community to highlight what we do best: celebrating, discovering, and engaging with one another. So tap into this unique opportunity for exposure as we grow the community together!

Email hitampabay@synapsefl.com with any questions.

Thursday, 9th

Tampa Bay Innovation Week Kickoff Party hosted by Hi Tampa Bay

Join us as we kickoff Tampa Bay Innovation Week with an elevated cocktail & light bites on the house! Don’t pass on this opportunity to network with top Tampa Bay innovators at Tampa’s hottest new restaurant, Boulon Brasserie. This event has limited capacity and will sell out!

STEAM Fest at the Florida State Fair

AMRoC Fab Lab in collaboration with the Creative Living Competitive Exhibits division of the Florida State Fair to once again host STEAMFest at the State Fair! Held in the Florida Center February 9-20, 2023, in the iconic “Red Room”, STEAMFest will feature 6000 sq.ft. of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math related hands-on interactive fun and learning opportunities for all ages,

Friday, 10th

State of the Region

Join hundreds of business, government and nonprofit leaders at the annual State of the Region Community Event to discuss the future of life and the future of work in Tampa Bay. Experts will unveil the region’s progress in more than 60 indicators which help track our competitiveness compared to 19 top markets nationwide.

Local Stories Live

The Local Stories Live series lets participants connect with local successful small business owners for lively discussions on what it takes to survive and thrive as a small business. This month we will be showcasing Black-Owned Businesses.

NextGenerationTech 360 X TIEYouth Pre-game

An evening with future innovators and business leaders who are investing in tomorrow’s talent today.

Saturday, 11th

Going Into Business

A 3 hour workshop covering in depth the following important topics on starting up a new business.

Monday, 13th

Synapse Summit VIP Pre-Party

Kick off Synapse Summit in VIP style, while celebrating innovation at the Tampa Museum of Art. VIPs are invited to join us for cocktails and hor d’oeuvres and take in beautiful views of downtown Tampa from the banks of the Hillsborough River.

Top 10 Compete – LAUNCH: Startup Pitch Competition 

Top 10 startups compete for the Top 3 spots at Synapse. *PLEASE NOTE – YOU MUST HAVE SYNAPSE SUMMIT TICKETS TO ENTER

Join us and watch the Top 10 companies compete for their chance to win a $100,000 investment at Synapse Summit. The Top 3 companies that compete will present the following day on the main stage at Synapse Summit and the winner will be crowned at the conclusion. Come join us for this exciting kick off to Summit!

Florida Poly & eMerge Americas Pitch Night

Florida Poly, in partnership with eMerge Americas presents a Startup Pitch Night at Florida Poly: February 13, 4:00PM – 6:00PM – Networking Reception to Follow.

Peerless Distillery Presents Synapse Summit 2023 Whiskey Innovation

Peerless Distilling Co. will be presenting this year at Gaspar’s Patio & Grill as a side event for the annual Synapse Summit and Tampa Bay Innovation Week, with a whiskey Innovation discussion and tasting.

When: February 13th @6:00pm

Where: 8448 N. 56th St., Tampa, FL 33617

Tuesday, 14th

Synapse Summit

Join the innovation movement on February 14th as we takeover Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL to Celebrate, Discover, & Engage everything the Florida innovation community has to offer!

Young Entrepreneurs of America Meetup

YEA is a group of young entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay who share their goals, resources, and concepts with the purpose to identify how other members can help.

Grow Your Business with Online Marketing

This class is for those entrepreneurs and small business owners that would like to learn online marketing strategies to attract customers and increase sales.

Wednesday, 15th

Innovation Week Open House @ Embarc Collective

Tour Florida’s fastest-growing startup hub and hear go-to-market lessons from Embarc Collective member companies Trustate, Constellation4 Health, and Knack.

Cigar City Toastmasters

Visiting a Toastmasters club is the exciting first step to building a better you.

1 Million Cups Tampa

Visiting a Toastmasters club is the exciting first step to building a better you.

Soaring City Presents Mark Kasdorf

Join us for a light breakfast with an introduction to the Forge & the Tech-Enabled Workforce in Uptown Tampa. (PRIVATE EVENT)

University of Tampa & Tampa Bay Wave Present: A Galentine’s Celebration

Join us for a Galentine’s Day Celebration. We will discuss how far women have come, how we can support each other, and even how men can support their female peer.

Thurs, 16th

Grand Opening of Tampa Bay Wave’s Venture Center

Join us for the grand opening of Tampa Bay Wave’s new venture center! Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from LatinTech founders and gain valuable insights on the future of innovation in the Tampa Bay region.

Peak of Innovation Networking Event

Join us at the rooftop penthouse of Thousand & One during Innovation Week for an afternoon happy hour. Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live music will be offered, as well as tours of our remaining available spaces, if requested.

Diversity in Tech and Entrepreneurship

On Thursday, February 16th, from 6-7 PM, join us for a discussion on diversity in tech and entrepreneurship. Dr. Richard Munassi will draw on his experiences as Accelerator Managing Director at Tampa Bay Wave.

Performance: A Man of Dreams

In conjunction with our special exhibition The Shape of Dreams and Black History Month, we invite you to an extraordinary performance by Cranstan Cumberbatch.

Employer Liability Panel

How can you create a “Cyber Safe” culture and avoid liabilities? Next Thursday, February 16th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST, join cyber experts Ebony Vaz, Above Promotions, and Karen Bridges, Esq. of Wilson Elser law firm to learn how.

Friday, 17th

Tampa Bay Innovation Week Finale Party

Presented by Women in Tech & Entrepreneurship and Tampa Bay Food Trucks

Soaring City: Stories from Uptown’s Innovation Collective

Join us for a light breakfast and an exciting overview of our partners located within Rithm. FREE to Synapse participants.

Science After Dark – The Science of Love

What causes your heart to flutter when you hear or see your loved one? What happens in your brain when you are in love?

Innovation Week Showcase with AMRoC & Friends

Join AMRoC and some of our amazing collaborative community partners at Soaring City Innovation Partnership to enjoy a special Innovation Week Showcase event at Tampa’s only public Fab Lab!

The Largest Networking Event in Tampa Bay

Join us for facilitated networking with new relationships and potential quality referral partners. Your ticket will include a hot lunch and a chance to hear an international business speaker that we will be announcing soon. Get your tickets through ActionCOACH Tampa Bay for only $47!

Saturday, 18th

Disrupt the Streets

Disrupt the Streets is taking over Thunder Alley to educate, engage, and enlighten the next generation of philanthropists. We welcome young professionals, families, and pets to make an impact. DJ, Food, Activities for all ages in benefit of Children’s Cancer Center, Hope4ATRT, For Henry, Feeding Tampa Bay, and Beat CC. Free event open to the public. REGISTER EVENTBRITE.