5 Great Entrepreneurs of Tampa Bay

Our Tembo headquarters reside in the thriving downtown Tampa Bay area. According to Realtor.com, Tampa is the number one city that people across the nation are moving to. Tampa draws many parallels to New York City and Silicon Valley in the sense of the hustle and bustle of the business world, though it is unexpected.  In recent years, Tampa has been making an impact in several industries and other innovative fields through entrepreneurship. We feel that the Southeast is not getting the attention it deserves so today Tembo is proud to present 5 Great Entrepreneurs of Tampa Bay.

1) Jeff Vinik

Owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, and minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. The entrepreneur and philanthropist is making big changes in Tampa Bay! One of his main focuses right now is creating the world’s first health and wellness focused city that will provide the downtown area with green infrastructure, daily monitoring and reporting of district air quality, and access to healthy food, among many other projects! The development is estimated to be around 6 million square feet and total in over $2 billion.

2) Iqbal Paroo

With over 30 years of experience in the health industry, the Kenyan born, multilingual entrepreneur has made many efforts to advance healthcare and technology. In December 2012, he was appointed to the Board of US African Development Foundation by President Barack Obama. Right now Paroo is the Managing Partner of Paroo and Associates and was previously the President and CEO of the Omidyar Network.

3) Rony Abovitz

Riding on one of the next big waves in computing, virtual reality, Rony Abovitz has headquartered his virtual reality company, Magic Leap, in Stealthy Dania Beach, Florida. Once named one of the World’s Hottest Startup by Kevin Kelly from WIRED, Magic Leap is making big advancements with its head-mounted virtual retinal display, doing this while projecting a digital light field into the user’s eye. The direct project to the eye is what differs from other virtual reality headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift or Google’s Cardboard.

4) Tony Gallippi

Gallippi co-founded and is current chairman of the financial services company, BitPay, which holds the title for the largest bitcoin checkout processor globally. Founded in 2011 with Stephen Pair, BitPay gives vendors an opportunity to offer their customers the “world’s fastest and safest payment option”. It is trusted by thousands of organizations such as Microsoft, PayPal, and Shopify.

5) Ryan Kania

Kania started his organization, Advocates for World Health, in the Tampa Bay area in 2008. Through his organization he is able to supply to over 40 countries medical supplies just from surplus medical supplies. He got the idea to start Advocates for World Health when he volunteered abroad in Guatemala and witnessed patients needlessly suffer from lack of medical equipment.