7th Annual Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa Bay Diversity & Inclusion in Entrepreneurship

BEAT 2019 Recap

We had a great time at Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa Bay (BEAT), bringing innovative start-ups, dynamic speakers, and entrepreneurs together to celebrate the Bay area's entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Our audience comprised over 200+ attendees including local start-ups, business leaders, investors, entrepreneurial support organizations, and community dignitaries. Thank you to all of the attendees for making #BEAT2019 a success.

Innovation Expo

Thank you to all of the companies that participated in our Innovation Expo.

Panel Discussion

Richard Munassi led a moderated discussion on diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship with panelists: James Faison, Simi Ranajee, Yanina Rosario and Avril Stinson.

"My key word is relationship... we have seen different instances where relationships are key and can lead to reaching the goals of your company."

- Yanina Rosario


Dr. Byron C. Clayton, CEO for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), spoke about the growth in our communities as a result of disruptive technology innovators and entrepreneurs. He left the audience with a key piece of advice; by leveraging your entrepreneurial drive, you can shape our future.

"Entrepreneurs can be broken down into dreamers, doers and innovators."

Q&A - Behind the Startup

SaLisa Berrien, CEO of COI Energy, shared her experience in the Morgan Stanley Incubator and how USF CONNECT gave her the essential tools to compete in the rigorous selection process.

"My mentor made sure I was in the places I needed to be in order to broaden my horizons."

Congratulations to the Pitch Competition Winners!

Bio & Tech Pitch Competition Winner

ClienTell has created a mobile app with a nationwide community of contractors who can share, rate and view reviews of customers. They are empowering contractors by helping them distinguish between good and bad clients.

Visit ClienTell Website

Student Pitch Competition Winner

Photovore uses machine learning to simplify tracking dietary habits for pre-diabetics, which is helping them control their condition.

USF CONNECT thanks our sponsors, partners and startups for participating in this years BEAT!