About Suncoast Technology Forum

Our Mission

To create a technology-rich community, support technology entrepreneurship, and connect technology professionals with appropriate resources in the Florida Suncoast region, in short… "Growing and Promoting the Technology Ecosystem in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte Counties."

Our Vision

To diversify our economy and become known as a technology center on the West Coast of Florida. With technology curriculum growing at the local colleges and universities and local tech companies being successful, this part of Florida will become a burgeoning center for technology of various sorts. We strive to become “The technology organization representing the interests of technology entrepreneurs and technologists in the tri-county region."

Our History

Suncoast Technology Forum (STF), formerly known as 82 Degrees Tech, was founded in 2005 by a group of local entrepreneurs, professionals and the Sarasota and Manatee economic development organizations. We’re a professional association of people united to make the tri-county area a place where technology-based business and innovation thrives.