Panel shares actionable steps to increase tech diversity (St. Pete Catalyst)
Tampa Bay Wave and the Nielsen Foundation are teaming up to bring diversity to the startup world. Their partnership is a first-of-its-kind initiative to specifically target diverse startups for accelerators services. To kick off their accelerator, Tampa Bay Wave hosted a Tech Diversity Panel Tuesday at Rooftop 220 in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Wave defines diverse startups as 51 percent minority, woman, LGBT or veteran-owned. The panel included diverse players in the Tampa Bay tech scene: Joe Hodges of Care Valet; Crystal Barnes of Nielsen/Nielsen Foundation; Lakshmi Shenoy of the Innovation Hub at Channelside Bay Plaza; Lamont Robinson of Nielsen; and Tony Gray of SOF Technology Association.