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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. Check out the quick bios below, and let us know which startup deserves top billing.
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.
This all-in-one e-commerce platform offers a “uniquely holistic” approach to serving its users.
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.
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 designs and manufactures low-voltage LED lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, retail, & hospitality markets using a patented digital power conversion platform.
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 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.
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.
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.