Embarc Collective’s Annual Startup Summit

The leading accelerator in downtown Tampa is a 32,000 square foot collaboration facility who holds an annual event featuring some of the best minds in startup entrepreneurship.  Under the direction of Lakshmi Shenoy, Embarc Collective held its 2022 summit January 25-27th.

Among the participants for this 9th annual gathering were Jeff Vinik, primary stakeholder behind Embarc and owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team, startup founders Jen Consalvo, Courtney & Tye Caldwell, Amy Beckley, and topical experts sharing knowledge on smart cities, fundraising, startup lessons, and even happiness.  It would not have happened without enlightened sponsors like UBS, University of South Florida, Enterprise Florida, Hillsborough County, the University of Tampa, Synapse, Bro Development, Tampa Bay Wave-Tech-Ventures (each separate), Florida’s High Tech Corridor, and many more.

Jim Vinik was truly convivial, sharing his early days in stock brokerage, his first job as a securities analyst, recruitment by Fidelity, and the fact he reads 8-9 hours a day.  It must be true that leaders are readers!  We Work co-founder Jesse Middleton explains how the startup team designed workspace and solutions like turnkey combinations to meet the changing demand of digital entrepreneurs.  Rich Maloy shared insights on the best way to exit from his new book Exit Right, Travis Holoway and Rodney Williams checked-in with lessons since winning startup-of-the-year in 2021, and Jenny Fielding gave her story of starting her own The Fund following years leading Techstars in NYC.  Finally, unicorn Blake Hall described how ID.me grew by providing a simple, safe way to identify one’s authenticity online.

Here is the event courtesy of Embarc Collective...


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