Spring Cohort
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

  • AGP

  • FAN Fund

  • Florida Angel Nexus

  • Florida Funders

  • IDEA Fund

  • Mosley Venture

  • New World Angels

  • Tamiami Angel Fund

  • venVelo