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Florida Business Development Corporation Continues Partnership with Embarc Collective to Strengthen Function-Specific Support for Technology Startups

Tampa Bay startup hub to expand function-specific support for talent building early-stage technology ventures


Tampa, Florida Embarc Collective is expanding its partnership with the Florida Business Development Corporation (FBDC) to broaden its function-specific support model to a growing number of high-potential, early-stage technology startups in Tampa Bay. This support has been available to all startups supported currently by Embarc Collective since March 2019 and will roll out to twice as many early-stage technology companies throughout 2020. 

In June 2019, Embarc Collective began its partnership with the FBDC to develop on-the-job startup knowhow for high potential tech talent. This support includes interactive workshops led by local and national experts on specific startup-focused functions, the development of online tools and a resource database to support specific business function areas, and maintaining a job board with available startup opportunities that allows for resume submissions from prospective talent. 

By way of FBDC’s support to date, Embarc Collective has: 

  • Provided 342 members with access to online tools and a resource database
  • Brought 28 local, national and international experts to Tampa Bay to share learnings with companies supported by Embarc Collective
  • Hosted 50 learning workshops that supported 527 attendees
  • Posted 476 open jobs to
  • Submitted 33 new resumes to Embarc Collective’s in-house recruiter

“We are grateful and invigorated that Embarc Collective’s unique model has quickly demonstrated effectiveness in tackling the continuous challenge of training entrepreneurial talent while on-the-job,” said Bill Habermeyer, Presented and CEO of the Florida Business Development Corporation, “Through thoughtful function-specific programming and peer learning, we can strengthen and better equip local tech talent to directly impact the growth of this region’s economy.  We hope our investment spurs additional involvement from the local community and that others will be eagerly watching Embarc’s impact on the workforce in Tampa alongside FBDC. ”

Embarc Collective will continue to deliver this function-specific support in its 32,000 square foot physical location when it opens later in 2019 in downtown Tampa and will serve as a central landing zone for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

To learn more about Embarc Collective and its startup support program. Visit


About Embarc Collective:

Embarc Collective is a 501c3 nonprofit that helps Tampa Bay's startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies and current supports almost 40 early-stage technology startups. The support from Embarc Collective is hands-on and driven by the specific goals and needs of each startup being supported. Later in 2019, Embarc Collective will open its 32,000 square foot innovation hub in downtown Tampa.

About FBDC:

Florida Business Development Corporation (FBDC) is a private, non-profit Certified Development Company established in 1989 to administer the Small Business Association (SBA) 504 Loan Program. In addition to the 504 Loan Program, FBDC is active in the economic development in the community in which it serves.


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Embarc Collective helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Our staff of executive advisors and function-specific experts deliver individualized support to startups inside of Embarc Collective’s state-of-the-art 32,000 square foot hub.