Startup Surge Day FirstWaVE Venture Center

400 North Ashley Dr.
Ste. 200 Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, September 19th, 2014
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

September 19th, 12:00pm-5:00pm @ Tampa Bay WaVE

Both starting a business and growing a business comes with 1,000 questions. If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or you have already started buiding your startup, join us for Startup Surge and get a 1,000 answers. Not only will we be helping local startups surge ahead, helping them leapfrog to success, but we are also creating a surge of entrepreneurial momentum in Tampa Bay. What is Startup Surge? It's our Expert Office Hours on fire! Or perhaps we should call it "Speed Mentoring". Dozens of our mentors, advisors and funding coaches will be on hand for 20-minutes of one-on-one coaching and counseling.


Speed mentoring topics will include:

Idea Validation - Social Media Strategy - Team Development - Raising Capital Product Development - Customer Development - UI/UX - Mobile Strategy Online Payments - B2B Sales - Affiliate Marketing - Legal/HR/Accounting

Keynote Speaker


Elias Bizannes

Elias Bizannes

is an Australian entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He is the founder of San Francisco incubator space “StartupHouse“, the international bootcamp “StartupBus” and also created Australia’s “silicon beach“. He previously worked at venture capital firm Charles River Ventures, search engine startup Vast.com, and professional services firm PwC.


Startup Surge Mentors


Shane Needham
VP, Director of Digital Production at 22squared
Gerwai Todd
Director, Strategy at ConnectWise
Chuck Papageorgiou
Operating and technology executive
Bob Dececco
Chairman & CEO at As Seen On TV & Infusion Brands International, Inc. (ASTV - OTCBB)
Jordan Raynor
Co-founder of Citizinvestor and best-selling author of Startup Stories
Justin Davis
Founder at Madera Labs
Darin Lewis
CEO / Creative Director at MEGA Inc.
Ryan Sullivan
Co-Owner at TruHair by Chelsea Scott
Mitch Neff
Digital Strategy - Apps, video, social, and analytics
Elias Bizannes
Gregg Hilferding
Owner at GreenBarLabs
Steve Wilson
VP at MamaBear
Lance Raab
Board Member at Tampa Bay WaVE
Chris Abbott
Owner at Abbeton
Meg Roberts
Social Media Marketing Manager at 22squared
Tom Panaggio
Marketing Consultant, Author of The Risk Advantage, and Speaker
Timothy Freriks
Author at ACE Methodology
Brent Britton
Managing Partner (Tampa) at De La Pena & Holiday
Samantha Dammer
Founder/Experienced Attorney
John Wakefield
VP of Corporate Business Development at Lykes Bros. Inc.
Peter Radizeski
Go-to-Market Consultant at RAD-INFO INC
Michael LaPlante
User Experience Designer
Christine LeViseur Mendonça
Global perspective with local attention to detail
Daniel Caccamo
FocalPoint Business Coach
Alfred Goldberg
President of the Americas Absolute Mobile Solutions
Robert D Francis
Managing Partner, Milford Communications Partners
Darcy Raymond
VP, Marketing & Game Entertainment at Tampa Bay Rays
David A. Blacker
Spencer Chase Consultants
Jack Kennedy
Co-Founder at KiteDesk
Holly Clifford Corral
President at Press Marketing
Joy Randels
Founder & CEO, New Market Partners
Kelly Bousman
Vice President, Sales & Marketing at LumaStream
Ken Evans
Product Strategy & Marketing Professional w/ Experience in Security
Nick Veneris
CEO at Nerdy With Children, INC
Roberto Torres
Operations at Black and Denim
Sylvia Martinez
Founder & CEO of Collaborative Technologies of Tampa Bay, Inc
Curt Creely
Partner at Foley & Lardner LLP
John Wagner
Co-Founder and CEO, eStaff365
Steve Tingiris
Founding Board Member at Tampa Bay WaVE
Larry Sledge
financial and operational executive
Eliot Maas
Sr. Manager ERP Run Services at Tech Data
Heather Edwards
Regional Sales Consultant with TriNet
Matthew Belcher
Founder at Marbel

The Schedule

Startup Day Agenda


11:30am - Registration & Sign up for Coaches

12:00pm - 5:00pm Kickoff
1 on 1 Coaching
Group Coaching
Workshops (3)
Keynote (Elias Bizannes)

5:00pm - Event Ends; Networking Begins


Super cool swag too!

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