Downtown Tampa has been buzzing with activity this week for the 2nd Annual Tampa Bay Startup Week. With 80 events and over 1,200 people in attendance, the five-day program celebrates the startup community and builds momentum and opportunity around entrepreneurship.  Presenting sponsors Chase Bank and Hillsborough County, as well as the dedicated team of Tampa Bay Startup Week organizers, designed the program to offer a little something for everyone.  

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The jam-packed schedule has included a host of inspiring entrepreneurship workshops, meet-ups, discussions and parties as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions, events targeting Tampa's emerging craft beer scene, a daily Happy Hour, the 1776 Challenge Cup Regional Pitch Competition and the Everything Local Market sponsored by our friends Ryan and Nicholas of Never Have I Ever.  It's been a fantastic week of learning, networking and celebrating the startup community with old and new friends. They're ending the week with a bang this Friday night at the Official Startup Week Closing Night Party, held at the historic Rialto Theatre from 6 - 9 p.m.

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The Closing Night Party is not your ordinary networking event. The gorgeous Rialto Theater will be filled with Virtual Reality games, big screen multi-person Xbox Kinect games, ROBOTS, plenty of food and drinks as well as a live performance by SoundWave, an award-winning band composed of members of the local tech community. Here's a preview of the sound of SoundWave:

Because it's not a party without some adult beverages, Touch Vodka will be featuring a specialty cocktail inspired by Startup Week, the Touch Orange Crush. Touch Vodka is an ultra-premium craft Vodka, hand made in small batches right here in Tampa from fresh Florida Wildflower blended raw honey and American grain.  Although you can't taste the honey as a flavor, it provides a sweetness in the aroma and smoothness in the body unlike any other vodka on the market.  

Touch Vodka also offers three uniquely flavored vodka's, made from the infusion of the natural oils from fresh Florida fruits.  Florida fresh flavors include Florida Valencia Orange, Florida Ruby Red Grapefruit and Florida Key Lime. Since no coloring or sugars are added to Touch Vodka, its 's easy to mix these vodkas with various juices and other beverages to create Florida fresh signature cocktails. 

Come out to the Rialto Theater this Friday night to celebrate the awesomeness of Tampa Bay Startup Week, jam with friends and be one of the first to get a Taste of Touch!  

See you tonight!