The 9 Tampa Bay Startups You Need to Know About [Poll]

February 1, 2017

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One of the easiest ways to track a city’s startup ecosystem is to take a look at the growth of coworking spaces. More than a dozen different startup hubs are popping up around Florida, and the tropical Tampa Bay area is no exception. One even just announced their second Tampa location just a few days ago.

Given all these coworking spaces, one would certainly expect a record number of cool startup ideas being co-worked on. Tampa’s affordable living and its rapidly developing downtown area can’t hurt, either.

Tech.Co took a closer look at the area ahead of the Tampa Bay Startup Week‘s February 13–17 showcase of the city’s small business community, and we’re letting our readers vote in the results. Check out the quick bios below, and let us know which startup deserves top billing.

SavvyCard

SavvyCard is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that mass produces customizable mobile web apps, for almost any marketing or sales need. The company made public charity organization Tampa Bay WaVE’s list of post-revenue companies that are generating either $1 million in annual sales or have raised $1 million in a single investment round.

Jagged Peak

This all-in-one e-commerce platform offers a “uniquely holistic” approach to serving its users.

GiveGrowShare

The “TripAdvisor for volunteers,” this web portal offers people a peek at volunteer organizations across the globe. Check it out for a comprehensive collection of ratings, reviews, photos and video that can help you decide where you’d serve best.

UpValet

This startup offers automotive sales people the digital tools they need to improve the car-buying experience for both the sellers and the buyers.

Lumastream

LumaStream designs and manufactures low-voltage LED lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, retail, & hospitality markets using a patented digital power conversion platform.

Cabinets.com

One of the largest online retailers of assembled all-wood cabinets. Perhaps not the sexiest company on this list, but hey, if you’re going to do a job, do it well: The company has landed on the Inc. 500 for the past two years, a list that tracks the fastest-growing private companies.

CareSync

CareSync is the leading provider of software and services for chronic disease management, and they’ve got $22.54 million from three rounds under their belt, most recently pulling in a $18 million series B on October 7, 2015.

Washlava

Retail laundry gets done in less time, with less hassle thanks to app-based machine reservations, in-app laundry alerts, mobile payments and more. No waiting. No quarters. No hassle.

Chui

This smart home provider’s claim to fame: A smart doorbell with facial recognition capabilities. While plenty of smart accessories don’t offer much value to justify their existence, a doorbell that can buzz your smartphone when it sees a stranger certainly seems to pass muster.


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Adam is a writer with an interest in a variety of mediums, from podcasts to comic books to video essays to novels to blogging — too many, basically. He's based out of Seattle, and remains a staunch defender of his state's slogan: "sayWA." In his spare time, he recommends articles about science fiction on Twitter, @AdamRRowe

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