12 Week Program
16 April – 26 June 2018
At VSU, startups identify and focus on promising customer segments and secure significant partnerships and resources. VSU provides mentorship, strategic advice, and inspiration through its mentor network of role models, startup investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. These executives have built startups that have scaled. VSU offers entrepreneurs extensive access to Florida angel, seed, and early-stage capital funding sources. These relationships open the doors to funding.
Spring 2018 Program
Monday night workshops on planning to scale, focus, markets and competition, team organization and growth, financial planning, capital acquisition, and pitching for startup businesses.
Tuesday lunch seminars on building team values, customer acquisition, talent, managing cash flow, negotiations, and raising capital
Tuesday afternoon one-on-one sessions with Florida seed and early-stage investors
Continuous one-on-one mentoring throughout and beyond the duration of the program.
Startups are provided workspace at no cost at Catalyst Spaces coworking space M – F for the duration of the program.
Startups will pitch to an investor-only private pitch event in 26 June.
No cost, no equity taken.
Dennis R. Pape, Program Manager.
Founded and scaled Photonic Systems.
Richard Fox, Content Manager.
Scaled ENDOLap (Cardinal Health).
Rob Strandberg, Mentor Manager.
Founded and scaled DATAMAX (Honeywell).
Rob Wight, Mentor Manager.
Founded and scaled Channel Intelligence (Google).
Richard Licursi, Investor, Founded and scaled Mesh Networks (Motorola).
Terry Brennan, Attorney, Brennan Legal Group
Rajiv Menon, Entrepreneur and Lean Startup Strategist, Informulate
Bill Grimm, Startup attorney, took SAWTEK and ALST public.
Jeff Hoffman, Entrepreneur, Cofounded and scaled Priceline.
Cameron McCaskill, Entrepreneur, Scaled Intellon (Atheros).
Chris Morton, Entrepreneur, Cofounded and scaled SkyCross.
Kyle Myer, Entrepreneur in Residence, Rollins College.
Ed Alexander, Attorney and Engineer, Alexander | Abramson
Doug White, Entrepreneur and Digital Strategist, &Barr
Sean DiMercurio, Entrepreneur and CPA, The Heroes Group
Angela Kendall, Entrepreneur and Technology Marketing Strategist, Spark Rocket Marketing
Early-stage Investment Partners
Florida Angel Nexus
New World Angels
Tamiami Angel Fund