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There are dozens of vagabond ventures in Tampa Bay. There are probably dozens more in your city, too!  End high-tech homelessness now!
There are dozens of vagabond ventures in Tampa Bay. There are probably dozens more in your city, too! End high-tech homelessness now!
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Hey KickStarters,

TheTampa Bay WaVE is a grassroots nonprofit with a mission to foster a bigger, better, stronger tech community by helping web and mobile tech entrepreneurs build, launch and scale their ventures to success. Our motto is "To Launch & Beyond..."

Our membership has grown considerably in the last few years to over 40 members representing over 70 ventures, and now includes some of Tampa Bay’s most innovative tech companies (see: Wufoo, Crowdsavings, Enthusem, CourseLogic, vWorkerDropost.it, etc.)! Although our outreach programs have become hugely successful, our work with the local tech community has unveiled a growing problem that threatens to compromise the foundational underpinnings our start-up society...

High-tech homelessness.

There are dozens of vagabond ventures in the Tampa Bay area including many of our own members. There are probably dozens more in your city, too! Our goal is to secure and furnish a shared space that can house these forlorn enterprises and give them the opportunity to grow, develop and ideate!

But that’s not all.

Our space will also be open to other members of the tech community – for example, programmers and designers who can benefit from the supportive, symbiotic and enterprising atmosphere that our co-working space will create. We plan to offer our space to local tech meetup groups and even ambitious college students looking to work side-by-side some of the areas best and brightest.

Unfortunately, this initiative falls out of the scope of services that our organization can provide. So we need YOUR help to make it happen.

We hope that our facility can ultimately serve as a model that can be used in cities across the country to foster sustainable entrepreneurship, innovation and high-wage job creation - thus becoming a catalyst for economic growth that our community and country desperately needs.

*NOTE: Funds raised via KickStarter will NOT be used to finance the operations of our nonprofit. They will be used by specific WaVE members to secure and furnish a dedicated co-working space that ALL members of the tech community can utilize.

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    WADER PACKAGE: We will send you some of our brand new WaVE stickers, a letter of
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    SPLASH PACKAGE: Everything in the Wader Package plus a free VIP party ticket - good for
    all-u-can-drink at either our kickoff or celebration party in fall 2011

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    BREAKERS PACKAGE: Everything in the Surge Package plus get a 1-month pass to the
    WaVE Pool (our 'drop-in' coworking space), plus your name (or business name) on our special Facebook "Wall of Gratitude" page and on our debut WaVE t-shirt

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    POINT BREAK PACKAGE: Everything in the Breakers Package plus a 2nd 1-month pass to
    the WaVE Pool, multiple Twitter & Facebook shout-outs, and recognition during either our kickoff or celebration party in fall 2011 with public announcements

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    PIPELINE PACKAGE: Everything in the Point Break Package plus get your business logo on
    our special Facebook "Wall of Gratitude" page, on our debut WaVE t-shirt, plus your logo listed on both our email newsletters and website for 12 months

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    LIFEGUARD PACKAGE: Everything in the Pipeline Package plus unlimited access to the
    WaVE Pool through 2012 and your name (or any 30-character message of your choosing) engraved onto the Lifeguard Honors plaque to be hung on our Wall of Recognition so we can permanently honor your generous support

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    FOUNDERS CIRCLE PACKAGE: As a Founders Circle contributor, we will name you as an
    Honorary Member of our Founders Circle, unlimited access to the WaVE Pool in perpetuity, plus your very own engraved plaque with your name (or any message of your choosing) to be hung on our Wall of Recogntion, not to mention all of the benefits conferred at the lower levels

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