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Embarc Collective helps Tampa Bay’s startup talent build bold, scalable, thriving companies.

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Lakshmi Shenoy
CEO

“I said yes to Tampa Bay based on the opportunity to impact a growing region. Talking to people leading change here, it was clear to me that this region has big plans and the people to make those plans come to life.”

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Lakshmi Shenoy
Fabio De Sousa

Fabio De Sousa
Analytics and Engineering Manager

“I was born and raised in Tampa, so why shouldn’t I contribute to it? Every time I came back to visit, I’d see how the region, and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, continued to grow. Even though I came down every few months, there was always something new.”

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Allie Felix
Platform Director

“It’s home. Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, building the local startup community means an opportunity to create an impact on a much deeper, more personal level.”

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Allie Felix
Fabio De Sousa

Justin Davis
Product Strategist

“When it comes to the mix between livability and opportunities, I don’t think you can find a better place than Tampa Bay to call home and grow a company. There’s no place on Earth I’d rather be.”

 

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Dan Holahan
Member Experience Manager

“And it was there — in Tampa Bay’s entrepreneur support system — that I realized where I wanted to exist. Not only did I find my Tampa Bay community, but, more importantly, I found my role within that community.”

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Dan Holahan
Kailah Matyas

Kailah Matyas
Talent Strategist

“Tampa Bay has all of the ingredients needed to create a thriving technology hub. I want to be part of building the community by cultivating, retaining and attracting the best talent to the amazing companies that call Tampa Bay home.”

Kelly Kehoe
Administrative Manager

“It’s a city in a renewed adolescence, and its residents have the honor of assuming the role of community builders, with the unique position of being able to individually shape the type of city they want Tampa to become — their city, their friends’ city, their family’s city.”

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Kelly Kehoe
Steve Parkis

Steve Parkis
Executive Advisor

Steve Parkis formerly served as the SVP of Games at Zynga where he launched their largest franchises (Cityville and Farmville) and as an SVP at Disney, where he founded Disney Online Studios.

Karyn Rood
Events Manager

“The mindset of the people who have contributed to the recent growth in Tampa Bay are super excited to see the snowball effect. There’s no ego. People are willing to lend a hand or share experiences so that others can help contribute to the momentum of the city and region.”

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Karyn Rood
Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh
Dev Strategist

Vijay Singh built Yaro, a mobile-first HealthTech and FinTech SaaS platform for care navigation, from the ground up as CTO and then successfully exited via acquisition to Virgin Pulse in January 2020. 

Ryan Schneider
Executive Advisor

“I’ve seen firsthand why this community is ready to be a hub of so many new, successful ventures. It all starts with the people — the welcoming, supportive community is essential for any new start-up and Tampa Bay is full of incredible people seeking ways to help others.”

Ryan Schneider
Jeff Shimmel

Jeff Shimmel
Facilities Manager

“Tampa Bay is a place filled with opportunity and community. Here you can truly make an impact and be surrounded by people who genuinely want to help you win.”

Kate Heath
Executive Advisor
Brand and Marketing Strategy

Kate Heath

Embarc Collective
Board of Directors

  • Dave Felman, Shareholder, Hill Ward Henderson
  • Steve Jenkins, Beach Park Capital LLC, and Carole Jenkins, President, Jenkins Charitable Foundation
  • Jason Kuhn, Owner, Kuhn Automotive Group and Courtney Kuhn, Entrepreneur
  • Steve MacDonald, Partner, Florida Funders
  • Brian Murphy, Founder and CEO of ReliaQuest
  • Jeff Vinik, Board Chairman of Embarc Collective, Partner of Strategic Property Partners, Owner of Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Dr. Rebecca White, Entrepreneurship and James W. Walter Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship; Director, Lowth Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Tampa

A Space for our Mission

 

Embarc Collective’s innovation hub brings together startups, venture capitalists, academic resources, and startup-focused partners in a central physical location to build, learn and collaborate.

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