“There was no fertile ground in which these event ideas could come to fruition,” said Sports Commission Executive Director Rob Higgins. His team created the EDI to give upstart sports event planners an opportunity to meet all of the industries they would need to put on an event all in one incubation space.
Higgins has secured agreements with Tampa Bay-based companies in the hospitality industry that can help incubate events – from legal services, finance and transportation to social media and registration technology companies.
The EDI will treat sports events like children’s triathlons, soccer tournaments and other competitions as if they are start-up companies.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Tampa Bay Sports Commission Launches Event Incubator
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission, the public-private agency tasked primarily with landing big sporting events such as Super Bowls, NCAA championships, and large youth tournaments, is launching a first-of-its-kind "sports event incubator," according to Chris Wilkerson from the Tampa Bay Business Journal: