Entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay will now have the chance to work with representatives from a revolutionary startup with international reach: Uber.
A new partnership between the ride-sharing company and local business incubator Tampa Bay WaVe was announced in February 2016.
Tampa Bay WaVe will offer Uber Technologies
space in the nonprofit’s FirstWaVE Venture Center
in downtown Tampa, where Uber drivers can plan and host driver training sessions. In return, Uber representatives will participate in entrepreneur workshops and other open-to-the-public events hosted by Tampa Bay WaVe
, offering the local tech community a first-hand look at the company that revolutionized the car services industry.
“We are ecstatic about this new partnership and look forward to welcoming Uber as part of the WaVE community,” WaVe Marketing Manager Gracie Stemmer says. “Uber’s insights and experiences are invaluable for entrepreneurs who are in the same position Uber was before their breakout success.”
Tampa Bay WaVe is billed as 'by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs,' while Uber allows drivers to create flexible schedules and work as independent contractors in Florida
Uber has helmed previous events for entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay; in October 2015, the company sent established angel investors out in Uber cars
around Tampa and St. Petersburg for a three-hour pitch event. Local startup founders or residents who scored a ride got 15 minutes to make a backseat business pitch to angel investors from groups like the Tamiami Angel Fund
and Florida Funders, LLC
“This is a great opportunity for local startups to benefit from the past experiences of a successful startup that has reached their breakout success,” Stemmer wrote in a blog post announcing the WaVe/Uber partnership. “Uber has been there, done that, bought the T-shirt and created the app!”
Tampa Bay WaVe, home to an entrepreneurial business center and coworking space
in downtown Tampa sponsored an event track at Tampa Bay Startup Week in February. Learn more about Startup Week by clicking here
Uber of Tampa Bay has also developed a partnership, Direct Connect, with Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority
in neighboring Pinellas County. The pilot program, which was announced in late February
, will reimburse riders who use Uber to reach designated bus stops by half of the fare, or up to $3.