The Startup Scholars Program is an initiative that encourages innovation in our community culture and increases instances of entrepreneurial success. Our mission is to increase the competitiveness of the Tampa Bay business community by addressing and nurturing Tampa's entrepreneurs and related business innovation in any industry. 


The Chamber identifies entrepreneurs and engages them in an eight month mentorship program that provides guidance and assistance in critical areas such as best management practices and sales growth.

Startup Scholars Program participants receive the following:

  • A professional gap analysis and needs assessment that focuses on specific critical success factors
  • A FIT Two membership to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, allowing the entrepreneur to take advantage of the Chamber's networking programs and free educational offerings through the Competitive Edge Series
  • Mentors selected by the Chamber's Business Innovation subcommittee to assist the entrepreneur in navigating the startup landscape
  • Recognition as a Startup Scholar at numerous Chamber events

Congratulations to our 2017 Startup Scholars!