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1050 West NASA Blvd., Melbourne, FL

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Alex Rudloff

LinkedIn

Alex Rudloff is a technologist with a strong entrepreneurial bent. He was the CEO and Co-Founder of Emurse.com (acquired by AOL in March 2008), Twitterholic.com (acquired in 2010 by The Next Web) and Atqui.com (Closed in 2004 -- they can't all be winners). Way back in the day, he started a for-profit BBS with his brother and a few friends that morphed into a full service ISP and web design agency (BA Technologies / Online Illusions, 1994-1999. Sold off in pieces.).

He was also one of the first employees at Blogsmith (acquired by AOL in 2005), the lead developer for Netscape.com, the General Manager of AOL Shopping and the Vice President of Product for AOL's Publishing Technologies. He currently works for TED Conferences leading digital strategy for the TEDx global community.

A 6th generation Floridian, Alex resides in Satellite Beach, Fl with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he serves as a publically elected supervisor for the Montecito Community Development District and as President of the Board of Directors for the Haven For Children, a group foster home for abused and neglected children. He likes sports, traveling and eating perogies. Not necessarily in that order.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Mark Mohler

Partner, Corridor Legal Partners and CEO, Sprigster   |   LinkedIn

Mark R. Mohler is a serial entrepreneur and business lawyer with nearly twenty-years of experience representing startups and emerging businesses, venture funds and private equity investors.
Mark has been an early advocate for investment crowdfunding and changes to U.S. securities laws to enable investment crowdfunding.
He is founding CEO of Sprigster, a crowdfunding portal directed to military veterans and military spouses and "Main Street" and franchise business finance which has been featured by Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc., The Wall Street Journal and Franchise Times.
Mark has founded several social enterprises and is a frequent speaker across the country on matters relating to the crowdfunding industry and social entrepreneurship.
Mark is a founder of LaunchPad40, a micro seed stage investment fund, a mentor at Starter Studio and the curator of Startup Digest Melbourne.

Ken DeGilio

Founder/CEO & Chief Brand Storyteller, LaunchMob Media   |   LinkedIn

Ken has been involved in marketing campaigns in the tourism, retail, and nonprofit fields for over two decades. With roles ranging from marketing director, nonprofit director and communications director, he has helped build the brands of national companies, international nonprofits, tourism attractions, entertainers and entrepreneurs.
Ken is on the faculty of Full Sail University, an award-winning entertainment and new media university in Orlando, Florida.

He is the founder of LaunchMob Media, a digital content marketing firm, where he assists local and national brands. Ken also uses his expertise to strengthen local community organizations and currently serves on the board of One Brick Orlando.

Ken recently received a Master's from Full Sail University in Internet Marketing and also has a master’s degree from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

Anjan Ghosal

President and CEO, Diametriq   |   LinkedIn

Anjan Ghosal is a serial entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry, whose most recent venture is Diametriq, a company built to focus on the ever increasing need for Diameter signaling solutions. Diametriq was built on the assets of Intellinet Technologies which was a leading edge provider of converged network solutions targeting the wireless industry.

As founder and CEO of IntelliNet Technologies Anjan was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year (Florida) by Ernst and Young, as well as winning the prestigious Inc. 500 award, for continuing to deliver revolutionary technologies like femtocell and Wi-Fi data offload. In 2011 IntelliNet spun off its data offload businesses to Ruckus Wireless in a very successful exit.

Throughout his career Anjan has authored several industry white papers and is quoted extensively in industry publications. Anjan has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Computer Science from West Virginia University.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

James Dwight

President of Florida Air Academy   |   LinkedIn

James Dwight is the president and headmaster of Florida Air Academy and co-founder and owner of the popular Green Turtle Market in Indian Harbour Beach.
Dwight earned his bachelor of arts from Middlebury College in Vermont and his master of fine arts from Columbia University in New York. Dwight also earned his master of science in educational leadership from Florida Institute of Technology, where he also serves as board member of the College of Business. He serves as board member of the Space Coast Health Foundation and the Technological Research and Development Authority.
Dwight is past president of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and past chairman of the Brevard Workforce Development Board, the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce Board and the Space Coast Early Intervention Center Board. He is a former board member of Wuesthoff Health System, Brevard Cultural Alliance, Economic Development Commission, Melbourne International Airport Authority, Leadership Brevard, Rollins College - Brevard, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement, Keep Brevard Beautiful and the Family Counseling Center.

Keith Szewczyk

ICS Engineering GM at GE Transportation   |   LinkedIn

Keith Szewczyk is the global engineering executive of GE Transportation. He is focused on operational growth and measured results, which are the critical success factors towards driving organizational strategy. Keith has successfully restructured organizations by building and empowering highly motivated teams, resulting in a positive impact to the businesses bottom line.
Keith Szewczyk developed a sustaining System Engineering competency and approach to both product development and system project execution. He provides visionary leadership that links product roadmaps to new product developments, which maximize business revenue.

Eric Little, PhD

Vice President & Chief Scientist, Modus Operandi   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Eric Little is the Vice President and chief scientist of Modus Operandi. Dr. Little was director of information management at Orbis Technologies, managing offices in both Orlando and Jacksonville, FL. Prior to that position, Dr. Little was chief knowledge engineer and executive consultant at the Computer Task Group in Buffalo, NY.
Dr. Little holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science from The University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). He is currently active in several collaborative research groups including: co-chair of the Central Florida Semantic Web Meet-Up Group, the National Center for Ontology Research, the National Center for Multisource Information Fusion, the federal government’s e-Governance group, and numerous other on-line semantic communities. He has also served on the scientific/review committees for various journals and international conferences.

John Gammino

Retired CEO of American Telemanagement Solutions, LLC   |   LinkedIn

John Gammino is the retired CEO of American Telemanagement Solutions, LLC, a company that provides executive consulting and auditing services to the telecommunications industry. Mr. Gammino has assisted clients in achieving billions of dollars in revenues from telecommunications businesses. He brings a unique combination of large corporate (17 years with NJ Bell) and entrepreneurial experience to his clients.
John Gammino headed numerous organizations at NJ Bell including the Corporate Security Department. He worked with federal and state agencies and attended antiterrorism training programs sponsored by the FBI, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and others. He was a member of the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). He also successfully started and managed three corporations, two of which have been acquired and one which is currently operational.

Anthony Deglomine III

VP Harris Corporation

Anthony Deglomine III is the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company at Melbourne, FL. Mr. Deglomine functions as litigation counsel for the company and is responsible for oversight of outside litigation counsel.
Mr. Deglomine is from the law firm of Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano and Bozarth of Orlando, Florida, where he practiced commercial litigation. Prior to that, he was with Kelly, Drye & Warren in Miami, and Rinker Materials Corporation in West Palm Beach.
Mr. Deglomine holds a J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law, and a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Florida.

Wade Alliance

Senior Vice President, PNC Bank   |   LinkedIn

Wade Alliance is a Senior Vice President/ Senior Banker of PNC Bank. He is a Leadership Brevard Graduate and was included in Spacecoast Business's 100 Most Admired Businesspeople in April 2012.

Wade Alliance is a corporate banking / finance professional with experience in all sizes / types of transactions. He is experienced in cross-selling the full suite of banking products, including Treasury Management, International, Equipment Finance, Capital Markets, M&A Advisory, Institutional Trust, and Wealth Management.

Kenneth Revay

Former Manager II, USA Department 9421X, Hypergolic Systems, United Space Alliance   |   LinkedIn

Kenneth Revay is Former Manager II, USA Department 9421X, Hypergolic Systems of United Space Alliance (USA). He has expertise in building teams, processes, and the tools to accomplish complex activities to help companies succeed and grow.
Kenneth is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees/ Member of the Executive Committee (Volunteer), Florida Institute of Technology. He is currently based in Indialantic, Florida.

Doris Larson

Foundation Ambassador at Zonta International - District 11   |   LinkedIn

Doris Larson had her first career as an administrative and legislative aide to three (3) different U. S. Senators over a span of 17 years.
She left Capitol Hill with a strong interest in small business and after going back to school, went to work for an Investment Banking Firm as a Merger & Acquisition Specialist. After 7 years with the company, she started her own small business consulting firm providing brokerage, strategic planning and counseling services to small and medium sized businesses in and around Annapolis, Maryland.
Doris partially retired in 2002 and moved to Melbourne, Florida where she joined the Zonta Club of Melbourne. Since joining, she has served as Membership Chair, Vice President, PR Chair, Treasurer and President, the Club winning the Governor’s Cup her second year as President.
She is currently serving a second term as President, Co-chair of the Chocolate Festival Committee, and as Foundation Ambassador for District 11.

Eddy Borja

Founder, iOS Game Developer at Badderjoy Games   |   LinkedIn

When your goal is to win Startup Weekend, Eddy will help you get there. Eddy has participated in over a dozen Startup Weekend events between Florida and California, and holds the distinction of being a four time first place winner by working with some awesome people. By now he has become familiar with what it takes for a team to make the most out of these 54 hours, and he hopes sharing his experiences will help others do the same.
Eddy has also been working almost exclusively in the mobile space for the past five years. He has been an iOS Developer since the iPhone SDK Beta first launched in 2008. Two years ago he co-founded Mainloop LLC, a mobile software development shop in South Florida that builds mobile app software for other companies and startups, and recently he has begun to pour his time into building a new mobile gaming company.
In his free time Eddy travels the world in search of adventure.

Gary Alan Musselman

Independent Business Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Alan is a financial executive that has built his career working with entrepreneurs with a focus on raising capital for early and development stage companies. Alan’s experience includes private equity raises, private debt financing, venture capital financing and commercial lending.
Prior to forming his current firm, Alan has been the CFO of an international multi-media company and has been an integral in the merger and acquisition of several technology and business services companies. Currently Alan provides intensive consulting to various companies seeking capital raises.

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