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Embarc Collective receives support from the Genspiration Foundation to increase startup exposure and internship opportunities

The grant from the Genspiration Foundation will help create a powerful bridge that connects top collegiate talent to Tampa Bay’s startup ecosystem, fostering mutual growth and success for USF students, alumni, and the startup members of Embarc Collective.

Embarc Collective, a non-profit educational organization that supports the most driven and focused tech entrepreneurs in Florida, announced the organization was the recipient of a three-year $75,000 grant from the Genspiration Foundation, a private family foundation established by USF President Emerita Judy Genshaft and Steve Greenbaum. This grant, its first from the Genspiration Foundation, will equip top USF and FUSE transfer program students with knowledge and training on what it means to work in a startup while helping high-growth Embarc Collective member companies become discoverable to top talent.

”Together, we will inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial talent to build a career in Florida through our efforts to connect top talent from USF and FUSE program to our startup membership, who are building bold, scalable, thriving companies,” Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective said.

According to Venture Beat, Tampa has been named an emerging tech capital of Florida, holding over 25% of all tech jobs in the state. Embarc Collective is recognized as a key driving force in Tampa’s growing tech ecosystem with a mission to support the most focused founders and driven entrepreneurs in the state. Through the partnership with the Genspiration Foundation, Embarc Collective will highlight opportunities within growing startups to top collegiate talent through coaching, educational programming, and network development events.

USF and FUSE program students will also have an opportunity to apply for a summer internship stipend to work at a startup in Embarc Collective’s member community, gaining real-world work experience in a startup role while receiving hands-on coaching from Embarc Collective’s bench of strategy coaches.

“So many students in the Tampa Bay region demonstrate incredible entrepreneurial spirit and innovation,” said Noreen Segrest, CEO of the Genspiration Foundation. “Our collaboration with Embarc Collective seeks to retain these talented graduates in Tampa Bay to fuel intellectual and economic growth for the benefit of our community”

The grant from the Genspiration Foundation marks a significant step towards bridging the gap between collegiate talent and real-world entrepreneurship. By empowering students with the tools, experiences, and connections needed to thrive within the vibrant startup ecosystem, Embarc Collective and the Genspiration Foundation are contributing to the progress of the region’s entrepreneurial growth.

About Embarc Collective

Embarc Collective, a 501c3 non-profit, is a central landing zone for the most driven and focused startup builders in Florida. Embarc Collective offers vetted, curated live and on-demand coaching and programming, an ever-growing repository of resources and frameworks, and access to national customers and investors, all amongst a peer community of 125+ tech startups operating within an award-winning 32,000-square-foot startup hub in downtown Tampa, Florida. The UBI Global ranked Embarc Collective as a top startup support program in the world.

About The Genspiration Foundation

Genspiration Foundation is a private foundation created by USF President Emerita Judy Genshaft and Steve Greenbaum. We promote, through strategic grantmaking, a society where individuals and families can live up to their potential and contribute back to the community, leading to a world of tolerance and mutual respect. Genspiration Foundation supports the areas of education, health and community/economic development, primarily but not exclusively in the Tampa Bay region, through assistance to innovative organizations utilizing evidence-based and measurable outcomes to foster independence and empowerment of impacted individuals.


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