TBTF Selects Veteran Entrepreneur to Direct Emerging Companies Academy
(Tampa, FL) – Sept. 23, 2008
– Pamela Kauten, co-founder of FloridaCareerLINK, a successful local
online recruiting organization that was sold in 2007, has been
confirmed as the Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum’s
Emerging Companies Academy. In her new role, Kauten will shape the
future direction of the Academy and the mentoring services it provides
for early stage companies.
"We are very fortunate and excited to have Pam leading
the Emerging Companies Academy," said Amy Norman, CEO and president of
TBTF. "As an entrepreneur whose company experienced fantastic highs and
painful lows on its path to success, her insights will help her to
identify the right mentors for Academy participants as they navigate
key issues such as attracting and keeping great talent, weathering cash
flow challenges, and finding the right investors to fuel growth."
Kauten was most recently the CEO of FloridaHomeLINK.com, a local real
estate startup that she decided to shut down after one year due to a
lack of outside investment capital. The experience did not dim her
enthusiasm for launching a business at all.
"The Emerging Companies Academy is the kind of program I wish
I had when we started my company in 1995," said Ms. Kauten. "The fact
that companies here in Tampa Bay can get hundreds of hours and
thousands of dollars worth of expertise from some of the most
successful entrepreneurs, service providers, and investors in this
market is incredible. Our mentors are passionate about helping our
Academy participants succeed."
Under Ms. Kauten’s leadership and participation from TBTF’s
board and members, the Emerging Companies Academy hopes to announce
soon the first company funded as a direct result of the connections
facilitated by and support received from the Emerging Companies Academy
mentors. She is also working on several strategic partnerships with the
Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the STAR TEC Accelerator and the
University of Central Florida Technology Incubator to expand the
services of the Academy to entrepreneurs throughout Central Florida.
For more information about the Emerging Companies Academy and
other TBTF programs such as the Entrepreneur Boot Camp, please visit www.tbtf.org.
About Tampa Bay Technology Forum
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