Startup Resource Guide

Startup Resources

PLuGHiTz Live, in our travels, have the opportunity to speak with a large number of makers and startups. At events like Collision Conference and Gulf Coast Maker and Comic Con, the one consistent fact is that finding partners as a startup is difficult. Many companies only want to deal with the larger clients, so finding a software developer or a PR firm can be difficult, if not impossible.

In addition to meeting makers and startup, we also have the opportunity to meet companies who specialize in helping those makers and startups. We created this resource guide to help connect those makers and startups with the companies who specialize in helping them reach their goals.

Software Development

Sumo Software

Sumo Software is a boutique software consultancy. Since 2002 we've helped our clients turn their great ideas into successful products. Our customers represent a diverse set of industries including finance, law enforcement, delivery logistics and marketing. We believe that building great software products requires obsessive attention to detail and an unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.

Sumo Software: making things better by making better things.

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Brand Exposure


Techlolli is a givers network that allows you to get paid by giving out free first-time user codes or promotional materials for brands you already know and love.

When you sign up for Techlolli, you have the opportunity to give out free Audiobooks of your choice and, in return, get paid every time a free trial is activated. You'll be able to track user code conversions in real time and see how much you've earned that same exact day.

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Venture capital and startup investors are very exclusive, and difficult to break into. As a new angel investor, it's hard to find opportunities outside your local ecosystem to invest or keep tabs on what's happening in other tech ecosystems.

MinnoTank wants to decentralize pitching by bringing pitches online. By allowing thousands of other founders, tech enthusiasts and investors to see a startup's pitch, the likelihood of a startup connecting with an interested investor is exponentially better.

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Beutler Ink

Beutler Ink creates custom marketing solutions that meet core sales and growth objectives. We're the agency leading brands and hungry upstarts call to tackle their biggest challenges—whether it's breaking through the noise on social media, creating lead-generating content, or finally getting that Wikipedia article updated. And when you work with us, our team becomes an extension of yours.

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Community Involvement

FIRST Robotics

The mission of FIRST® is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST makes it easy to become a volunteer. A community of like-minded adults is ready and willing to help you find a volunteer spot that’s just right for your interest and skills level. Whether you have four hours on a weekend, want to mentor/coach for a season, or just want to be a part of the overall experience, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique talents and interest.

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Eureka! Factory

The Eureka! Factory is a team of consultants, makerspace designers, event producers and program planners who deliver empowering learning and living projects, events and programs to thousands throughout Tampa Bay.

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