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Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2)
The Economic Development Innovation Initiative (EDI2) facilitates the growth of Hillsborough County's technology and innovation start-ups and small businesses.

EDI2 addresses the need for financial, technical and infrastructure support for these businesses and engages the technology and innovation community by providing awareness to their impact on the economic prosperity of the region.  This program builds on collaborative efforts with non-profits, companies and other strategic partners specializing in this segment of the economy.

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Economic Drivers

Enrepreneurial1 Technology Innovation1 Competitive Positioning  Workforce Knowledge

Strategic Partners
  • Tampa Bay WaVE is a nonprofit organization that supports more than 100 local technology ventures – all founded by the area’s best and brightest technology and business innovators. As a true "by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs" organization, Tampa Bay WaVE is laser-focused on helping connect entrepreneurs with everything they need to build, launch and grow successful tech ventures in Tampa Bay. For more information, call 866-3066-066.
  • Tampa Bay Technology Incubator at USF Connect supports technology research as a catalyst for economic development and advocates the creation and development of facilities for high-technology companies and related support functions. For more information call: 813-974-7245.


Jennifer Whelihan, M.A.
Manager, Industry Strategic Initiatives

Frederick B. Karl County Center
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 20th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

Mailing Address: 
PO Box 1110
Tampa, FL 33601

P: 813-272-6217
Fax: 813-276-2638