The Operation Startup Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) program offers our members with access to unique, experienced individuals that are working with us on a temporary basis. 

Our EIR Program Will Launch Soon

The EIR's that work with us at Operation Startup are serving in a temporary mode, and  serve several critical roles:


1) The outsider role. We believe that it is important to bring into Tampa Bay, entrepreneurs from outside this region. Without having any relationships or allegiances locally, the Operation Startup EIR's are better able to provide objective input, direction, and feedback to our members. Furthermore, the EIR's are in a unique position to tell us what elements of our entrepreneurial ecosystem are strong, and which elements are weak.

2) Tough love role. Because the EIR's are here for a temporary assignment, one of their main job responsibilities is to provide straight talk to our clients working on their businesses. This earnest feedback is based on extensive experience, and provides our members with a unique perspective.

3) Connector role. The EIR's are also responsible for connecting our members to resources outside of Tampa Bay in order to accelerate collaboration and innovation. By providing connectivity to other communities around the world, the EIR's not only add value to our entrepreneurs, but also to our local ecosystem by connecting our community with other communities, so that we are in a better position to co-create a meaningful and impactful entrepreneurial community.