This year has been anything but typical for the Tampa Bay startup ecosystem.
It was the year the nation — seemingly overnight — took note of the region, although many tech founders had been building the foundation for years.
But their hard work began paying off. There has been a mass amount of exits. There have been larger funding rounds than ever before, garnering larger institutional firms. We've seen more partnerships secured with national giants across an array of industries.
We wanted our annual Fire awards — previously known as the Inno on Fire awards — to reflect the current times we're living in.
In the past, Tampa Bay Inno has honored 50 companies setting the ecosystem ablaze in a number of categories, including edtech, startup supporters and cybersecurity.
For 2021, we wanted to keep our list as fresh as the ecosystem it honors. We've chosen the companies that have been involved in the most momentous deals of the year, as well as some companies that have truly flexed their innovation muscles in the last 12 months.
On Nov. 16, we'll be honoring these innovators at our Fire Awards and announcing our "Blazer" winners. Those are standouts chosen by a panel of community judges picking one innovator from each category that is blazing the way. The event will be held at the newly completed rooftop at the Florida Aquarium and you won't want to miss it.
And now, here are your 2021 Fire honorees.
- Edgility. The Tampa-based healthtech company partnered with the University of South Florida's College of Nursing and College of Engineering this year in an effort to boost high-quality talent in the region. The company launched the "Health Re-Imagined: The Digital Incubator” program, which provides training modules to teach nursing students and faculty how to incorporate technology into finding solutions for the industry's challenges. The College of Engineering partnership allows students to work on Edgility projects, giving them the real-world experience often lacking in academia, while giving Edgility access to new, young talent.
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