Category: Innovation

Fintech Flourishes in St. Pete

The financial technology sector continues to flourish in St. Petersburg, most recently with the debut of the new Fintech Center at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business. This “hub of excellence” will bring academic research, world-class teaching, business engagement, and innovations surrounding the expanding financial technology sector under one roof on the… Read more »

Fintech Accelerator Launches in St. Pete

Tampa Bay Wave and the University of South Florida Muma College of Business announced that St. Petersburg will be the site of the FinTech|X 2022 Accelerator program cohort consisting of 16 high-growth fintech startups from across the United States and abroad, including companies from Israel, England, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Of the 16 startups, three… Read more »

Female Founders Choose St. Petersburg, Florida

It’s no surprise that women-owned businesses are thriving in St. Petersburg, Florida. Drawn by St. Pete’s business-friendly environment, innovation, and entrepreneurial support, women founders are choosing the collaborative and inclusive community of St. Pete. Sheffie Robinson, Photo: Shamrck St. Pete has the distinction of being a funky beach town that is exceptionally business-friendly. Sheffie Robinson,… Read more »

Canadian Tech Firm Relocation to St. Pete Spurred by ‘Overwhelmingly Great Resources and Support for Startups’

What incentivizes a company to relocate? Spontivly co-founder Marissa Huggins notes that “Incentivization is about support, which takes shape in so many ways. It’s more than just money.” The Canadian-based community management platform wanted to move to the United States to be closer to the bulk of its customer base, 90% of which is in… Read more »

Florida’s FinTech Sandbox Provides Innovators with Flexibility

Fintech companies can struggle with the strict regulations surrounding the financial industry as they develop new offerings. Florida offers a fintech sandbox license, which allows exceptions to laws and requirements under defined conditions so financial technology innovators can test new products and services. Offering a supervised, flexible regulatory sandbox is another way Florida locations like… Read more »

Cathie Wood’s ARK Invest Announces HQ Relocation to St. Pete + ARK Innovation Center

ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK” or “ARK Invest”), an investment adviser focused solely on investing in disruptive innovation, announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to St. Petersburg, Florida, effective November 1, 2021. “We are thrilled to relocate our corporate headquarters to St. Petersburg, Florida, as we believe the Tampa Bay region’s talent, innovative spirit, and quality of… Read more »

Innovation Lives Here: St. Pete, You’re Welcome

There’s a corporate sameness that’s dulling the edge of tech meccas in America, but there’s one city that’s changing the game. St. Pete. A haven for the brilliant minds fleeing four-hour commutes and corporate buyouts—companies are finding St. Pete the perfect place to establish an innovation hub where their investments go four times further than… Read more »

The Southeast’s Best Kept Secret: St. Pete, You’re Welcome

What most people don’t know is that the St. Petersburg area and St. Pete Beach—it’s like the best kept secret in the Southeast. People are friendly, and they’re welcoming to you. So much exciting technology and innovation is going on. It’s happening all right here in St. Petersburg. Everyone seems so enthusiastic about what’s going… Read more »