From Tampa Bay Inno, September 10, 2021

Tampa Bay’s technology scene has hit a point of inflection. A handful of companies have gone public within the first half of the year, big-name investment firms have taken note and are funding local businesses and thousands of entrepreneurial hopefuls are moving to the region each day.

A group of young budding entrepreneurs has helped build the blocks upon which Tampa Bay can base its success. From the university incubators to ideas crafted well beyond midnight in a high schooler’s bedroom, we’ve gathered up the 25 founders you need to know that are all 25 years old or younger — proving age is just a number.

 

Antonia Ginsberg Klemmt
Antonia Ginsberg-Klemmt, president of Gismo Power
Antonia Ginsberg-Klemmt


Age
: 22

Company: Gismo Power: Solar on Wheels

Title: President

My origin story: Over the summer of 2020, Antonia worked with her father, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, on creating a mobile carport solar system that could be easily collapsed and fit into a garage in case of a hurricane. This patent-pending system is called “Gismo Power,” an acronym for “garage interior storable modular photovoltaic on wheels with EV-charger rack.”

Accomplishments related to your company: Recipient of the 2021 Ozy Genius Award sponsored by Chevrolet, and will be a guest speaker at Sarasota County’s UF/IFAS Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 10th.

Name of your future memoir: “The Mermaid Who Moves Mountains”

If you had a podcast what would you name it?: “Sirens Supporting Solar and Sustainability”

Describe your company in six words or less: Disruptive innovation: Simple and effective

By the time I’m 30 … I see myself working for a company that specializes in renewable energy that specializes not only in solar, but also in devices that generate electricity through ocean currents, waves, tides, and pressure differences.


Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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