We are excited to announce that JobGraze has been selected as one of 15 companies joining the Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity 2022 Accelerator program for the Fall of 2022!
For over a decade, Tampa Bay Wave has supported the growing tech-enabled ecosystem with their accelerator programs, incubator space, events and more. They are a “for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs” innovation community working to make Tampa Bay’s tech environment stronger, and are fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of their organization and its programs and services.
Funded by the Nielsen Foundation since its inception in 2018, this 90-day TechDiversity Accelerator program works to support and accelerate leadership diversity, equity and inclusion within high-growth, early-stage tech startups. Selected companies must be 51% owned, controlled and operated by people of color, including Black, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Latino or Latina, Native or other minority entrepreneurs), women, veterans, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities or combination thereof.
TechDiversity cohort participants were selected from hundreds of applications from companies spanning 30 countries, 28 states and 120 cities across the United States. Past TechDiversity participants have hailed nationally from locations including Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, Dallas, Boise, and Washington DC; and internationally, from Chile, Brazil, Peru, and more.
Through accelerator programming, 2022 cohort companies will receive executive coaching, comprehensive mentoring from industry experts, strategic introductions, and preparation for investor meetings — all culminating in Demo Day, which is a unique opportunity for founders to present their visions to national and international investors, leaders, and press.
Wave’s accelerator program is the only Florida-based accelerator program accredited by GAN (gan.co), a network of the most respected accelerators around the world. Thanks to the generous support of The Nielsen Foundation, the TechDiversity Accelerator is free to participants, and Wave takes no equity from the founders.
Being accepted into the Tampa Bay Wave’s accelerator program is a huge honor and will allow JobGraze to advance the healthcare staffing industry faster than our predicted timeline.
Not only will JobGraze be positioned in front of tech-savvy investors to help facilitate the production and launch of our platform, but being accepted into the accelerator program also shows that our platform is direly needed in the fast-changing healthcare job landscape.
We are very excited and truly honored to have secured a spot in the Tampa Bay Wave accelerator program.
ABOUT THE NIELSEN FOUNDATION:
The Nielsen Foundation is a private foundation originally funded by Nielsen, a global data and analytics company. The Foundation envisions a more equitable world where everyone counts. The Nielsen Foundation’s mission is to support organizations that give voice and opportunities to historically-excluded groups and communities. The Foundation supports organizations that encourage educational access and persistence, promote economic mobility and well-being, and advance representation in media and technology. Across these focus areas, the Foundation’s grantmaking is firmly grounded in a commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. For more information, visit www.nielsen-foundation.org.
About TAMPA BAY WAVE:
Tampa Bay Wave, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing entrepreneurs with facilitated access to the resources, expertise, and capital they need to grow vibrant technology-based companies in Tampa Bay. Since March 2013, Tampa Bay Wave has supported more than 400 tech startups thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), plus support from its economic development partners Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. Tampa Bay Wave also receives support from individuals such as Michael and Korrine Fraser and Kyle Taylor, founder of The Penny Hoarder, as well as from partners such as A-LIGN, Bank of America, Bellini Better World, Encore Bank/STi, EY, Florida Blue, Florida Funders, Foley & Lardner, Frontier Communications, JPMorgan Chase, KnowBe4, MacDonald Ventures, Nielsen Foundation, Rays/Rowdies Foundation, Tampa Electric, Trenam Law, Truist Foundation, and Vinik Family Foundation. Tampa Bay Wave is also a member of the GAN network of accelerators. For more information, visit www.tampabaywave.org