Technology Incubator

Evolve at TBTI

The Evolve Accelerator, housed within USF CONNECT, integrates ideation, foundation, and creation through the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator to supply entrepreneurs with business growth and development through capacity building, access to capital opportunities, and access to networking and support.

Evolve: the accelerator at USF CONNECT

EVOLVE is open to everyone with a special focus on enhancing women, minority, and veteran entrepreneurs growing startups in Tampa Bay, in addition to startups in the bio/life sciences, biotechnology, and high technology.

By leveraging the partnership of the University of South Florida’s organizations and Tampa Region community partners, the Evolve Program curates a curriculum to equip entrepreneurs with the fundamental and technical assistance services to build, launch, and develop scalable and investable businesses. The Evolve Accelerator engages and guides entrepreneurs to foster sustainable business models and competitiveness to increase their access to capital opportunities. Through its Council of Professionals, business incubation associations, certified business coaches, mentors, and community partners, Evolve makes accessible to and connects entrepreneurs with talent, subject matter experts, and coaches who understand the needs of all entrepreneurs; including, but not limited to, minority, women, and veteran-specific challenges to increase their viability and sustainability.

Mission + Vision

Mission Vision

University-supported accelerator program that transforms to grow, scale, and sustain successful startups with a special focus on female, minority, and veteran-owned businesses in the Tampa Bay Region.

To catalyze and create capital opportunities and technical assistance available to all entrepreneurs with a special focus on women, veteran, and minority-led businesses in the Tampa Bay Region, ensuring equitable access to building capacity, capital opportunities, and networks to aid in growth and business ventures.

Impact Values
Through collaborative and inclusive efforts to prioritize the development and successful growth of women, veteran, and minority entrepreneurs, Evolve enhances programming and capital capabilities to facilitate three core pillars for business growth and sustainability.
  • Provide a safe place to test and advance business ideas in an environment that supports all.
  • Building capacity and access to capital opportunities for all with a spotlight on minority, women, and veteran entrepreneurs
  • Thoughtful and carefully curated programming tailored to each entrepreneur's needs

Interested in Evolve at TBTI?