If you’ve lived in the Tampa Bay Area the past several years, you’ve probably heard of Tampa Bay Startup Week, but what is it? Ever wonder if this event is something you’d be interested in? Have an idea or an upstart business that needs a jumpstart? Then this is the place to be this week, in both Tampa and St. Petersburg!  

Here we cover the 5 W’s (Who, What, When, Where and Why) of Tampa Bay Startup Week with details of this important annual local event and conference. Let’s start with the fact it is free, and geared towards helping you succeed in your current role, or help you find a new one!


Local business minds in support of your entrepreneurial endeavors host an eclectic schedule of sessions designed to grow your business, teach you new techniques and assist you in networking with the best and the brightest of the bay area. There is no better way to improve your business than learning from those who understand the process. Startup Week is a reflection of your hard work and your community’s unique experience in entrepreneurship. As a startup, you have questions and the 100+ speakers and panelists this year have answers! 

The keynote speaker this year is serial entrepreneur and the CEO and co-founder of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk. VaynerMedia is a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s four locations. Gary Vee, as he is often called, is the one of the most sought-after public speakers in the nation. He is a venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times bestselling author and an early investor in companies such as Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo and Uber. Gary has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 50 Under 40 lists. The Gary Vaynerchuk keynote will happen Tuesday, February 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Tampa Theatre.

Startup Week Tampa Bay 2018



Tampa Bay Startup Week is a week-long celebration of your interests and community. Through a definitive schedule of sessions, conferences and panels, momentum and opportunity are offered in support of your entrepreneurship. Do you need to be a Startup? Nope! If you operate a local business or are just interested in starting one up, Tampa Bay Startup Week is for you! Sessions include panel discussions, networking and coffee, pancake breakfasts, happy hours, pitch competitions, job fairs and much more.

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Tampa Bay Startup Week starts Monday, February 12th and goes through Friday, February 16th. The week starts in Tampa Heights at CAVU ​Monday-Wednesday, and moves to Station House St. Pete ​in Downtown St. Petersburg on Thursday and Friday.


Tampa Bay Startup Week celebrates the whole Bay Area by kicking off the conference in Tampa Heights Monday through Wednesday where #ChaseBasecamp will be held at CAVU with additional panel locations at FOUNDATION coffee co and Hidden Springs Ale Works, all on Franklin St. The keynote with Gary Vaynerchuk will be held at the Tampa Theatre. The uniqueness of this annual conference is the ability to pick up everything and move to the other side of the Bay!

Thursday and Friday #ChaseBaseCamp moves to Station House St. Pete with the highly anticipated Startup Pitch Competition held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The Official Startup Week Finale party is held at Al Lang Stadium, the home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies!


Tampa Bay Startup Week is a growing annual event and opportunity to learn from the best of the business in the area. Share valuable information about the resources, skills and expert services needed to build and maintain a healthy business. Learn from successful entrepreneurs’’ mistakes and how they learned from them, celebrate their triumphs and take advantage of a vast intellectual think thank with local ties. Choose your sessions, as always, they are free! Ask yourself, “what serves me best?” Signing up for sessions is easy and you can even get free headshots!

You can head to Startup Week Tampa Bay 2018, then click on over to their website and start registering for panels. Here you can view every speaker and session so you can build your schedule to best fit your needs. An invaluable experience, this is one of the best Things to do in Tampa Bay for you and your business. We hope the 5 W’s of Tampa Bay Startup Week encourages you to discover the many ways this valuable local event can, and will, benefit you and your bottom line.

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