This week, we highlight one of our Equity in Entrepreneurship mentors from across the Bay: Tonya Elmore, President & CEO of Tampa Bay Innovation Center, Pinellas County’s premier tech business accelerator.

The Innovation Center, an accelerator for early-stage technology firms, is a regional, national and international known success story that has been in operation for seventeen years that continues to build momentum for the tech startup community in Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region.  Tonya serves on numerous Community Boards and was recently recognized as one of the 25 people to watch in 2020 by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and as People to Know in St. Petersburg by Florida Trend.

Tonya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an executive MBA from the University of South Florida. In 2007, Tonya was among the first graduating class to receive a professional designation as a “certified incubator manager” from the National Business Incubator Association. She is a certified coach/facilitator for the Wendy Kennedy “so what, who cares, why you?”, Kauffman Fast Trac Tech Venture and CO.STARTERS programs.

Ms. Elmore has served as a vice-chair for the Florida Business Incubator Association. She has been named as among the top twenty technology leaders in the Tampa Bay region. Tonya has participated in numerous media appearances and interviews, including Fox 13 Good Day Tampa Bay as an expert on entrepreneurship and early growth strategies.

She also serves on the Operating Council of the St. Petersburg Innovation District, the Advisory Board for the Suncoast Developers Guild and as a board member for Synapse. She was most recently recognized by Florida Trend as “One of the People to Know in St. Petersburg” and by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as “One of 25 People to Watch in 2020”. Elmore previously held a Top Secret Security clearance while working on Defense Contracts.

At FCDI/AMRoC Fab Lab, we’ve been friends, and fans, of Ms. Elmore’s work for many years, and are grateful that she’s sharing her support and expertise with our early stage entrepreneurs.

The Equity in Entrepreneurship program is a collaborative effort of AMRoC Fab Lab, Grow to Greatness Ventures and the Small Business Development Center.