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Embarc Collective Partners with Florida Business Development Corporation to Develop Coaching Support for Entrepreneurs

Tampa Bay startup hub to build out its growing coaching program for early-stage technology ventures to support startup talent development regionally


Tampa, Florida Embarc Collective is partnering with the Florida Business Development Corporation(FBDC) to provide on-the-job training for high potential talent building high-growth technology startups. This support will initially be available to 25 startups being supported currently by Embarc Collective and will grow in scope throughout the year.

Launched in early 2019, Embarc Collective helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies. Startup companies can apply for membership and receive on-going individualized coaching for the various functions related to building a technology startup.

In partnership with the FBDC, Embarc Collective has also launched small group support that addresses specific skills startup talent must master to successful help grow a new venture. The programming is customized to the needs the companies served by Embarc Collective and is being delivered by vetted experts from both within the Tampa Bay region and beyond.

“This type of continuous learning offered to startups at Embarc Collective is critical to building and developing a resilient and entrepreneurial technology workforce in the Tampa Bay region,” said Bill Habermeyer, President and CEO of the Florida Business Development Corporation. “This is important in helping to retain and attract talent as entrepreneurs want to build in a community that understands their specific needs and is proactive in providing solutions to help their business grow.”

The support from the FBDC will allow for Embarc Collective to host weekly interactive sessions, curated by the needs of the startups being supported, on topics including but not limited to growth strategy development, leadership & management development, fundraising, customer success, marketing, analytics, and talent strategy. Startup teams also receive access to a resource repository to supplement in-person training.

“FBDC understands that investing in the development of an entrepreneurial workforce is fundamental to the success of Tampa Bay-based businesses,” said Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective. “The skills learned while building a startup can be leveraged throughout one’s career and help Tampa Bay organizations, no matter the size, stage or industry, further develop a high growth mindset.”

Embarc Collective measures success by the extent its efforts help to attract, retain and develop entrepreneurial talent in Tampa Bay. To complement the coaching and programming already in place, Embarc Collective’s 32,000 square foot physical location will open 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 their specific startup support. 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 25 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
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.