Tampa Bay Startup Quest

CareerSource Tampa Bay is one of eight workforce boards in Florida launching Startup Quest™.  Startup Quest™ is an innovative entrepreneur training program designed for  degree-holding professionals to gain first-hand experience creating and developing business plans to bring new inventions and technologies to the market. Participants will work closely in teams under the mentorship of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders to experience how to start and grow a new venture by developing cutting edge technologies into products and services. The intensive training environment allows participants to conduct market research, develop necessary financials, plan a corporate structure, and find the value proposition of the business. Participants will be introduced to advanced technological discoveries from NASA, federal labs, and Florida's state universities. Startup Quest™ provides an opportunity to go through teh steps for launching a business in a simulated environment; the businesses aren't real but the lessons learned are. Startup Quest™ is a ten week program. During the first nine weeks of training, each team develops a business plan for commercializing a new technology, and the training culminates at the 10th session where teams face-off in a pitch competition.

The Pitch Competition for the current Tampa Bay Startup Quest™ session will take place Monday, April 28th, 2014 at TPepin's Hospitality Center from 12:45 - 5:45 p.m. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in entrepreneurship or in the Startup Quest™ program. TPepin's is located at 4121 N. 50th Street, Tampa, FL 33610.

If you are interested in becoming a future participant in Startup Quest™, our next session will take place this coming Fall in Pinellas County. The information session will take place on September 3, 2014 at Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater. We will begin accepting applications this summer. For more information, check out the Pinellas County Startup Quest™ website at:


The next Tampa Bay Startup Quest™ session will take place in early 2015.

To be eligible for this training, participants must:

  1. Hold a post-secondary degree and have experience in business, engineering, physical sciences, social/behavioral science, marketing, finance, management, research, public relations, or a related area;

  2. Currently be unemployed or underemployed;

  3. Legally able to work in the U.S., and

  4. Meet Selective Service registration requirements (only applies to males born after Dec. 31, 1959).

For more information, please e-mail startupquest@careersourcetampabay.com or visit http://careersourcetampabay.startupquest.org/


Training is provided at no-cost to eligible participants.  The program is funded through a US Department of Labor grant, and as such it is part of an evaluation study.  Not all eligible applicants will be selected for this program. Participants will be randomly selected from among eligible applicants.

This program is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. All voice telephone numbers may be reached by persons using TTY/TDD equipment via the Florida Relay Service at 711. This program is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration Workforce Innovation Fund grant.