In his final Startup Tampa Bay video as a @HillsboroughFL Commissioner, @MarkSharpeFL discusses his successful EDI2 program and how it has helped the local tech ecosystem grow in both activity and visibility.
A few recurring topics came up in this video that are worthy of additional discussion:
Finding startup resources in Tampa Bay
Branding Tampa Bay as a active & growing tech ecosystem
On the heels of the most recent Google Fiber announcement, this week’s Startup Tampa Bay webcast discussed what makes a region attractive to big tech initiatives.
Echoing previous webcasts was the notion that if you want to build a more sustainable tech ecosystem the entrepreneurs have to lead the discussion. Baby Boomer-based #economicdevelopment is no longer a viable strategy for Florida and refocusing our efforts on the infrastructure that attracts and inspires startup founders is the only hope for creating a sustainable tech ecosystem here in Tampa Bay. The #EDI2 program sponsored by @MarkSharpeFL is a start, but everyone unanimously agreed that it is not up to government to make this a success.
@MarkSharpeFL ‘s guests this week include:
Jordan Raynor from @Citizenvestor
Kyle Mathews of @ModMyi
Joy Randels of @StartupGrindTB
Heather Kenyon of @TBTF
This year’s record setting Ignite event left a lot of people energized and asking for more. We walked away with new friends, a new batch of volunteers to help out with future tech community and startup focused events and most importantly a new found respect among the region’s leaders and media. There are things far more important than the size of the audience or who spoke from the stage, what Ignite’s organizers want to convey is that the very diverse and sometimes chaotic tech community is working hard to make Tampa Bay a better, more energized place to live. They hope that by holding an event where “average” citizens can get up and express their passions others will will get involved to help.
This year’s event touched on a lot of topics some interesting and some not so much, but all delivered with passion and a sincere desire to build community. See the wrap-up coverage of the event in the May 3rd issue of the Tampa Bay Business Journal @TBBJNewsroom.