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Cathie Wood, who oversees an estimated $60 billion in assets as the founder and CEO of ARK Invest, made a surprise appearance at St. Petersburg College/Gibbs campus Thursday. She joined a panel with around a dozen other investors from across the region, state and nation to hear entrepreneurs pitch their companies and ideas. Officials from...
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Florida-based Seedfunders, a firm that invests in early-stage startups, is opening the floor to accredited investors who may be interested in participating in the firm’s deals. Seedfunders has officially launched the Seedfunders Associate Member Network, where investors outside of Seedfunders can view opportunities in deals and easily ink documents for investments and wire the funds....
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In light of its welcoming culture and supportive innovation ecosystem, Michelle Waite believes Tampa Bay can become a “tech capital with a heart and soul” with some additional resources. She hopes to play an integral part in that process through her recently launched startup, GrowthMVP. Waite explained the company’s focus is to help early-stage tech...
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The founders of Blue, a local blockchain-based company that offers know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) products, recently completed a $3.2 million seed round. The St. Petersburg startup operates out of ThriveDTSP, and co-founders Casper Yonel and Paul Thomas hope to make the world of decentralized finance safer for traders and institutions. Yonel said the...
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St. Petersburg-based Metasport Arena, which is creating an ecosystem for sports enthusiasts and athletes, has entered a new strategic partnership with Chicago-based web3 company Burrst. “At Burrst, we believe in the future of the metaverse, specifically what Metasport Arena (MSA) is creating and how it will benefit young athletes on a global scale. The creative...
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The founder of a St. Petersburg-based startup believes onboarding employees should consist of more than just filling out paperwork and watching videos; he also recognizes the value of community. So, Erik Silk recently launched Welcomary, a software-as-a-service platform designed to make new hires feel more comfortable and confident in their roles. The goal is to...
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One of the nation’s most well-known entrepreneurs will soon return to Tampa Bay, as Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of America Online (AOL), will headline the sixth annual Synapse Summit. After establishing the company that played a significant role in making the internet accessible to average Americans, Case launched Revolution, a successful Washington D.C.-...
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Studies show that the average American spends over eight hours per day using digital devices, and that screen time can lead to mental and physical issues. Two local entrepreneurs believe they have created the world’s only digital wellness supplement company – Lightbody. Kylen Ribiero and Michelle Klein utilize the latest electromagnetic field (EMF) and blue...
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Black Dog Venture Partners has taken an equity position in Sober Roots, a minority-owned, St. Petersburg-based beauty brand that represents its founder’s triumph over adversity. Scott Kelly, CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners (BDVP), announced Monday that his company acquired a 20% stake in the startup that offers alcohol and chemical-free products. Kelly will assume...
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St. Petersburg-based medtech company LunaJoy has raised $2.4 million in an oversubscribed seed investment round. LunaJoy is a Y-combinator backed company, and calls itself the only full-stack mental health solution focused on the needs of women at each stage of their life, from pregnancy through menopause. The company was founded by Sipra Laddha and Shama...
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