Shilen Patel, chief executive officer of HealthAxis, in Tampa, will be honored with the Indo-US Chamber Community Service Leader award at this year’s Banyan Ball, on April 16, 2022, being held at the Grand Hyatt, in Tampa.
Shilen is an active early-stage and private equity investor, as well as the founder of multiple other enterprises. His investments range from small local startups to more visible and remote assets such as ownership in Bologna FC, a soccer team competing with the likes of Juventus and AC Milan, in Italy’s Serie A.
In early 2021, he was appointed to the University of South Florida Board of Trustees. He is a co-founder and chairman of the TiE Tampa Bay Angel Fund, a $3 million fund established to financially support Florida startups, improve understanding and awareness of angel investing among Tampa Bay investors and help startups fulfill their potential as value drivers and community assets.
Patel chairs the Community Enrichment Lab, a non-profit focused on supporting the Uptown Tampa community. During the pandemic, their “We Nourish” program served 40,000 meals to people in need while also helping save dozens of local restaurants and support hundreds of restaurant workers suffering through lockdown and indoor dining restrictions.
You can read Patel’s full story in TBBW’s February issue or online here.