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At Embarc Collective, we curate the experiences, resources, and environment that help forward-thinking startups and their teams thrive.


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Lakshmi Shenoy

Lakshmi Shenoy is a recent transplant to Florida and the Tampa Bay region and is the CEO of Embarc Collective. Before moving to Tampa Bay, Lakshmi was in Chicago and served as the Vice President of Strategy & Business Development at 1871, the #1 university-affiliated business incubator in the world. Prior to 1871, Lakshmi focused on growth strategies for a variety of businesses through her work at Prophet Brand Strategy, Time Inc., Procter & Gamble and Leo Burnett. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Lakshmi was recognized as one of 20 Rising Brand Stars by AdAge in 2017.


Walk-on Song: Cake - The Distance

Lakshmi Shenoy
Dan Holahan

Tyana Daley
Communications Manager

Tyana Daley is the Communications Manager at Embarc Collective. A Tampa-native, Tyana graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors in New Media & Technical Communication. After graduating from USF, Tyana worked on search engine optimization at Bisk Education, joined the Publix Super Markets social media team, and worked for Disney Digital Parks and Resorts as a web producer. Before joining Embarc Collective, Tyana worked as a freelance marketer for small businesses in the Tampa Bay Area.


Walk-on Song: Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam

Fabio De Sousa
Data & Insights Manager

Fabio DeSousa is the Data & Insights Manager at Embarc Collective. A Tampa native, Fabio graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Afterwards, Fabio became a Venture for America Fellow and worked for Pack Health, a digital health-coaching startup based in Birmingham, AL, as a Software Engineering Manager.


Walk-on Song:  Vulfpeck - Darwin Derby

Fabio De Sousa
Allie Felix

Allie Felix
Director of Programming & Partnerships

Allie Felix is the Director of Programming & Partnerships at Embarc Collective. Previously, Allie led community at Work-Bench, an enterprise technology venture fund, and business development at 37 Angels, a women's angel investing network in NYC. Prior to that, Allie managed marketing and partnerships for Tim Draper’s pre-accelerator program in San Francisco, Draper University. Allie currently serves on the board of Emerging Technology Leaders Tampa Bay and previously with the Smith College Business Network Advisory Board. She is a graduate of Smith College and Tampa, FL native.


Walk-on Song: Drake - Fancy

Dan Holahan
Programming & Membership Associate

Dan Holahan is the Programming & Membership Associate at Embarc Collective. Previously, Dan managed strategic projects at Florida Destinations, a local corporate event planning company. He earned a BS in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Studies from the University of Tampa. While in undergrad, Dan served on several organizations and university advisory boards. Most notably, he led the university’s PEACE Volunteer Center, where he focused on growth and community engagement initiatives.


Walk-on Song: Amber Mark - Put You On

Dan Holahan
Dan Holahan

Chris Pizzo
Corporate Engagement Manager

Chris is the Corporate Engagement Manager at Embarc Collective. Previously, Chris held the position of Associate at Murray-Bertron, LLC, a Tampa-based VC/PE firm, where he worked with portfolio companies on operational improvements and sourced/executed new investments. Prior to that, Chris co-founded a telehealth company, and he was also an intern at the Tampa Bay Wave.  He has a BS in Marketing from the University of Alabama and an MS in Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies from the University of South Florida.


Walk-on Song: Rush - Tom Sawyer

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Embarc Collective will open in 2019 in downtown Tampa. At that time, we welcome you to visit for an event or tour.

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