TechStart Tampa Bay
400 N Ashley Dr.
Suite 200
Tampa FL 33602-0067

TechStart Tampa Bay’s mission is to create a better future for at-risk youth by providing inspiration, education, and opportunities in the technology industry.

CEO/Executive Director Interim Interim
Board Chair Chuck Papageorgiou
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Former Names
Tampa Bay Technology Forum Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2001
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No Oct 2014
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
2013 Accomplishments
  • 50 students from North East High School's Automotive Technology Education Center experienced a behind the scenes tour at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. Mechanics and engineers introduced the students to the technology and engineering that goes into the big race. The students also attended the practice trials. 
  • Donated 17 laptops to Metropolitan Ministries for residents to check-out as needed specifically for updating resumes, job applications, and responding to e-mail from staff
  • Donated 5 laptops to Boys and Girls Club of Tampa to be used in their robotics clubs and support administrative needs
  • Awarded a scholarship to one student with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through the Hillsborough Education Foundation's Take Stock in Children program
  • Presented our annual fundraiser Tech Jam and raised over $55,000 for our 2014 scholarships and initiatives  
2014 Goals
  • Continue the Technology is in It program with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix and find new ways to incorporate students
  • Partner with the YMCA in Sulphur Springs to offer a computer programming class in their specialty groups schedule, offering career exploration in technology
  • Supply the need of 100 tablets at Metropolitan Ministries for children to gain access to My-On reader, a digital customized library, and many other learning apps while in residence at Metropolitan Ministries
  • Raise $60,000 at our annual fundraiser Tech Jam by increasing attendees and sponsor recognition
Needs Statement
  1. Funding to support 2.5 staff for programs and management
  2. Mentors for scholarship program and support of youth development initiative similar to CoderDojo 
  3. 100 tablets (new or used) for children to gain access to My-On reader, a digital customized library, and many other learning apps while in residence at Metropolitan Ministries, an organization that serves poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk
  4. Funding or corporate partners to refresh the computer labs at local Boys and Girls clubs 
Background Statement
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Hillsborough
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Science & Technology
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

It is my view that STEM education is critical for our area’s competitiveness, so our work at TechStart is directly addressing this issue while also helping our at-risk youth. Your support not only helps our community, but our youth who show great promise, but just need a little support, encouragement, and resources from us. Together, we can make a difference.

- Chuck Papageorgiou, Chairman

Description The Technology is in IT program's goal is to introduce students to the technology and science involved in unexpected careers. In 2012 and 2013, 50 students experienced a behind the scenes tour of the paddocks at the St. Petersburg Grand Prix. In 2014, 25 students and educators from PTEC participated. Engineers and highly skilled mechanics explained the calculations, physics, and science behind the racecars speeding around the track.
Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success After completing the program, students will be more knowledgeable about the science and technology involved in the careers involved in the program. Specifically at the Grand Prix, students will be more aware of the impact of technology in racing. 
Long Term Success Through this program, high school students will become more aware of the career opportunities involving technology and science in the Tampa Bay area. We hope to change the stigma of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers being boring, uncool, and dull. We want to show students that these career paths can be rewarding and worth pursuing. 
Program Success Monitoring The program is evaluated by the students, teachers, TechStart event and program manager, and TechStart board members. Students write essays about their learning experience.
Program Success Examples Students, teachers, and administrators spoke very highly of the program with hopes to attend again the following year. Because the students were from the Northeast Automotive Technology Education Center, the program was relevant and provided inspiration to continue their education.
Description TechStart Tampa Bay partners with the YMCA at Sulphur Springs Elementary School to provide a computer science education specialty program within their after-school care. With 4 professional mentors and 2 USF students, we are able to ....
Budget $50,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Computer & Information Science
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served At-Risk Populations K-12 (5-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success By the end of the school semester, 50% of our students will have completed the curriculum, learning concepts like sequence, repeat times block, repeat until block, if block, if-else block, functions, functions with parameters, while block, and counter block. Our student's attendance will increase and their behavior will improve. 
Long Term Success For students in Code Club, 50% of students will complete the K-8 Intro to Computer Science Course, 10% of our student will be promoted as teachers in the next semester's beginner course, and 100% of the students will increase their knowledge of computer science.
Program Success Monitoring Our success is monitored by the progress dashboard on, the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Sulphur Springs Elementary School, the YMCA's behavior tracker, and the school system's grades database. 
Program Success Examples Our students continue to be engaged and excited about learning computer programming concepts. One student spent time over spring break at Sulphur Spring Elementary School's computer lab to work on his recent code club concepts. 
Description TechStart supports the Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Pinellas Education Foundation by matching members of the TBTF community with scholarship students in need of a mentor.
Budget $10,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Engineering & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Annually, 10 students will increase their academic performance and behavior through mentorship from TechStart's partnership with the Tampa Bay Technology Forum community. 
Long Term Success For students earning a scholarship from the Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Pinellas Education Foundation, we have a goal to provide 10 students with mentors from the Tampa Bay Technology Forum community to inspire and educate about technology's impact on the Tampa Bay area. 
Program Success Monitoring The success is monitored by the mentors reviews of students, reports from HEF and PEF, and student performance trackers.    
Program Success Examples Mentors in the past have not only benefitted student success but also the leadership development of mentors. Due to the commitment being only one hour a week over the mentor's lunch break, this volunteer opportunity provides a meaningful way for the Tampa Bay Technology Forum members to participate in K-12 education.
Description TechStart leads teacher training in Hillsborough County Schools to introduce, basic concepts of computer science, and assist with any student or teacher questions. TechStart also connects classrooms with technology professionals to inspire students to explore careers in Information Technology.
Budget $5,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Computer & Information Science
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Other Named Groups
Short Term Success Increase computer science curriculum in Exploring IT careers middle school classes.
Long Term Success Implement computer science curriculum into the School District of Hillsborough's education requirements.
Program Success Monitoring Success is monitored by teacher feedback, reviews completed by the Director of K-12 STEM Education in Hillsborough County, and student's completion rates. 
Program Success Examples
Teachers are enabled to teacher computer science basic concepts, students are becoming interested in the technology industry at an early age, and Hillsborough county is taking notice of the positive impact on student career exploration.
Description TechStart places used computers with charities in need. Computers are donated to us by company members of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum or other supporting businesses. We help to bring together the goals of the company with local nonprofits to provide a mutual benefit to achieve success. 
Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success
Long Term Success For local businesses looking to donate computers, laptops, or other gently used technology, TechStart will connect 100% with a non-profit need to fit their philanthropic goals. 
Program Success Monitoring The program is monitored by TechStart staff checking in with the non-profit organization to ensure that the computers were implemented without trouble and used in the way intended by the donating company. 
Program Success Examples In 2013, Tribridge donated 17 laptop computers that could no longer be used in daily business. We were able to pass along 5 to the Boys and Girls Club for their student robotics programming and 12 to Metropolitan Ministries for their residents to update resumes, enhance technology skills, and apply to jobs. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Interim Interim
CEO Term Start Apr 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 40
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
TechStart Tampa Bay aims to collaborate with other non-profits to supply their technology needs and introduce children to the wonders of technology. Organizations include the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, Metropolitan Ministries, and the YMCA.
 TechStart is supported by Tampa Bay Technology Forum's member organizations that include Bright House Networks Business Solutions, Brightline, Bloomin' Brands, MedHOK, Nielsen, Vology, Tampa Bay Business Journal, Network Dynamics, Agile Thought, Insight, Peak 10, Veredus, Catalina Marketing, International Academy of Design and Technology, Triad Retail Media, Tribridge, MOSI and many more.   
 We also partner with the Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Pinellas Education Foundation to award scholarships to students who are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Collaborations have allowed us to make a much bigger impact than we could have on our own. TechStart will working with other organizations and companies to increase our efficiency, effectiveness, and community impact. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Destruction Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Chuck Papageorgiou
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term July 2013 to July 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Brad Baumgardner Boys and Girls Club of Tampa
Ryan Dorrell Agile Thought
Tonya Elmore Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Brooke Evans CFO Alliance
George Gordon Enporion
Kevin Hudson Veredus
Shawn Hughes ThermoEnergy Corp
Bill Moore Tribridge
Linda Olson Tampa Bay Wave
Wit Ostrenko MOSI
Chuck Papageorgiou Ideasphere
Lesley Peters Qualified Communication Services
Larry Plank Hillsborough County School District
Joel Playford MyMatrixx
Robert Riddell Tribridge
Kevin Shuler Foley & Lardner
Craig Stahl Marketbridge
Chase Stockon Tampa Bay Technology Forum
Mark Swanson Bright House Networks
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 15
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 69
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 50
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 44
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2014
Projected Revenue $100,000.00
Projected Expenses $96,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Value $0.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$14,997$25,370$8,437
Administration Expense$24,183$31,047$71,487
Fundraising Expense$4,400$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.030.56
Program Expense/Total Expenses34%45%11%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$69,371$63,529$64,231
Current Assets$69,371$58,513$62,737
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$813
Total Net Assets$69,371$63,529$63,418
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $70,478Contributions, gifts, grants $58,073Contributions, gifts, grants $51,985
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----77.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Forms 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit TechStart Tampa Bay
Address 400 N Ashley Dr.
Suite 200
Tampa, FL 33702 0067
Phone 727 238-6517