Aakash M. Patel

Aakash M. Patel helps business owners learn, connect and grow in the community.

In 2012 entrepreneur Aakash Patel founded Elevate, Inc., a Florida-based strategic business consulting firm providing public relations, community relations, targeted networking, and social media. Elevate, Inc. has served over 300 companies by making significant connections and achieving results. Patel is a master networker and community leader who earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature in 2006 from the Florida State University.

Prior to Elevate, Inc.’s launch, Patel was an Editorial Assistant at the Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau, the Public Relations Coordinator for the Westin Tampa Bay hotel and Aqua restaurant, and the founding Business Development Director for Chamber.com. To add to his robust experience, Aakash stays focused on leadership, community, military, life-long learning, and connecting. Current leadership roles include the Tampa Club Board of Directors President Elect, the Gubernatorial appointments to both the HCC Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County. Community-wise, his attention is directed toward serving on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Economic Development Corporation and the Visit Tampa Bay Advisory Board. Additionally, he has written Op Ed’s for several local publications, and was featured in Forbes magazine as a rising millennial entrepreneur in 2020.

In 2019 Patel was recognized by the Indo-US Chamber as the Businessman of the Year, which followed his receipt of the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader award from the Tampa Bay Chamber. Aakash also formerly served the 6th Air Mobility Wing, Indian International Film Academy (IIFA) Awards, and the College Football Championship Host Committee. Patel ran a community-focused, professional race for the Hillsborough County Commissioner District 7 seat in 2018.

Patel completed the National Security Forum at the prestigious Air Force War College, Tampa Bay Chamber Leadership Tampa, FBI Citizen’s Academy, Tampa Police Citizen’s Academy, Leadership Tampa Bay, Tampa Connection, College Leadership Florida, Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) Citizen’s Academy, and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Leadership Network.

Aakash lives in Tampa with his wife, Neha and enjoys extended family time and traveling in his spare time.



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“Aakash Patel, Chris Melvin and the rest of the Elevate team simply delivered. The connections Aakash made led to valuable relationships for me and new clients for RevStar. You can’t fully appreciate what Elevate can do for your business until you experience it first hand. I personally recommend their services to anybody looking to grow their network and business within the Tampa Bay community.”

Ken Pomella, PMP – CEO, RevStar Consulting

“If you’re looking to dive into the who’s who of Tampa Bay, Elevate, Inc. is the only way to go. Elevate worked closely with Tampa Bay Plumbers to help us get our foot in the door with the right business and community circles to help us grow. We appreciated Aakash Patel & Chris Melvin’s professionalism, attention to detail, and willingness to go over and above to provide us a quality service. The contacts through Elevate are numerous and professionally beneficial and the staff is always available to us. We enjoyed working with the Elevate team and will definitely keep them in mind for our future business needs.”

April Diemer – Tampa Bay Plumbers

“Working with Aakash and his team at Elevate was a great fit for our growing organization. His team helped us connect with key influencers across the region and identify opportunities. Together you work to define your goals and who you’re targeting and through their connections and network they can make warm introductions to the decisions makers you need to connect with.”

Chon Nguyen – Founder & CEO, Newgentek

“Elevate, Inc’s. business relationship building process and their specialized one-on-one client service has opened doors and created potential opportunities that we wouldn’t have been able to create on our own. If your business would benefit from business relationship building introductions, I highly recommend Elevate, Inc.”

Gary LoDuca – Founder & Owner, Thoughtful Advisors – 401(k) Plan Designs