Tampa Bay Wave has launched the Rising Tide Relief Fund to serve as a lifeline to desperate startups who were on track for success until the unprecedented and unexpected impact of COVID-19 virtually shuttered the world economy. Our goal is to offer short-term, near-zero interest loans for quick cash infusions with minimal paperwork. These loans are intended to help the businesses retain and pay their employees, stay current on their rent, and cover other fixed costs while they await state and federal funding.