Tampa Bay Wave, a nonprofit technology accelerator for entrepreneurs, has announced the 2023 TechDiversity Accelerator, sponsored by the Nielsen Foundation.
This program consists of 15 from across the United States, and around the world, including companies from Spain, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, New York and Oregon, according to a statement.
The TechDiversity Accelerator is designed for early-stage tech companies that are at least 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.
The 2023 TechDiversity Accelerator, which has been supported by the Nielsen Foundation since its inception in 2018, is a three-month tech business accelerator program that offers companies access to key resources to accelerate their growth including mentoring, training, pitch coaching and investor introductions.
Companies in the program will also participate in Wave’s Pitch Night, at the conclusion of the program, in July, to pitch their companies to an audience of accredited investors, venture capitalists, Tampa Bay community members and industry leaders.
Selected participants will also receive ongoing support through Tampa Bay Wave’s CORE membership, which provides year-round mentorship, introductions to investors and customers, and other services, to further accelerate company development, the statement said.
The companies selected include:
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Livingston, New Jersey
New York, New York