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5/17/2016 Member News
TEC Garage Announces Next Series of CO.STARTERS


TEC Garage Announces Next Series of CO.STARTERS
National Business Development Platform helps grow local businesses

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — (May 3, 2016) — TEC Garage, the newest concept for accelerating entrepreneurial success from Tampa Bay Innovation Center, will be holding its second series of CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned business development platform that helps local communities grow their businesses. TEC Garage is accepting applications now for the nine-week program, which begins June 7, 2016.

“CO.STARTERS is a unique entrepreneurial program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the practical insights, relationships and tools needed to turn their business ideas into action,” says Tonya Elmore, CEO of Tampa Bay Innovation Center. “Our region is well served by our participation in this program, which is also offered by more than a dozen other entrepreneurial organizations across the country to support local communities in growing their businesses.”

Unlike traditional platforms, CO.STARTERS applies the lean business modeling methods popular among high-growth startups to businesses of all kinds. TEC Garage has received support from the Duke Energy Foundation to assist in offering the program.

CO.STARTERS will be held on Tuesdays for nine weeks, from 6-9 p.m. at TEC Garage, 244 2nd Ave. North, St. Petersburg 33701. The cost is $275 and scholarships are available.

CO.STARTERS originated with The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tenn. organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators, acting as a catalyst for a healthy entrepreneurial community. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years with thousands of local creative entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Cincinnati and Detroit, and is now available to help other startup communities across the nation.

About TEC Garage:
The Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TEC Garage) provides entrepreneurs with the tools needed to turn an idea into a business or take the business to the next level. TEC Garage was created through a collaborative partnership with Pinellas County, the St. Petersburg community and the State of Florida. The TEC Garage incubator with its coworking space in downtown St. Petersburg is the Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s newest concept to accelerate entrepreneurial success.

About Tampa Bay Innovation Center:
Tampa Bay Innovation Center supports entrepreneurial success, fosters the creation of high-tech jobs and develops new sources of technology and manufacturing capabilities by nurturing early stage ventures as they grow and launch their products into the marketplace. Through its TEC Garage, the Innovation Center offers programs that are tailored to the innovator/entrepreneur and address business intelligence, planning and business formation, strategy execution and technology transition. Follow TEC Garage on Twitter,, and on Facebook at Follow Tampa Bay Innovation Center on Twitter,, and on Facebook at

About The Company Lab:
The Company Lab exists to grow a strong startup community in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. Operating under the belief that entrepreneurial thinking is the foundation of our community’s future, The Company Lab has devised a model to foster the startup spirit, which is being used in entrepreneurial communities across the nation.

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