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Technology Business Incubator in the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University

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!



Oct 12
  • Meet at FAU College of Business
  • Registration Starts
  • Hors D'ourves & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Vote for Top Ideas!
  • Form Teams & Brainstorm an MVP
  • Start Working + Happy Hour


Oct 13
  • Meet at Tech Business Incubator
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Start Working!
  • Group Check In + Introduction to Mentors
  • Lunch - Muscle Maker Grill
  • Pitch Clinic
  • Dinner - Pizza / Subs
  • Group Check In: What Do You Need?
  • Keep on Working!


Oct 14
  • Meet at Tech Business Incubator
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch - Muscle Maker Grill
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Head over to FAU College of Business
  • Heavy Apps - Chartwells Catering
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrap Up
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Steve Repetti

CEO/CTO RadWeb Technologies   |  LinkedIn

Mr. Repetti has more than 20 years experience as a software developer, technology executive, inventor, and investor. He is currently the CEO of RadWeb Technologies, administrator of the RadWeb Technology Partners startup fund, Chairman of the Board of Silcon Valley-based non-profit Data Portability, as well as a member of the OpenAjax Alliance and Open Web Foundation.

Steve is the author of the highly acclaimed social aggregator Scrapplet, social network site Zude, Web 2.0 browser library xWinLib, and co-wrote the open5G/FGL open source programming language/web server/object database. His efforts have received numerous awards and recognition, and he has been featured in PC Magazine, PC World, eWeek, Information Week, CNET, ZDNET, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, and more.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Raj Kulkarni

Advisor, Mentor, Investor   |  LinkedIn

Raj is a software industry entrepreneur and a senior executive with over 25 years in high tech. He has direct experience as an operating executive and is an active investor and executive mentor with early stage companies from startup through M&A.

He founded GemStone Systems, an enterprise infrastructure software company that has pioneered the adoption of several infrastructure technologies including object oriented database management systems, application servers and in-memory, virtualized real-time data grids. Most recently, GemStone was acquired by VMWare (, a leader in the virtualization and cloud computing space.

Raj truly enjoys working with and mentoring entrepreneurs. He is a founding charter member and a board member of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Portland chapter ( Raj is also a limited partner in Portland Seed Fund (Portland, OR) and Founders’ Co-op, a seed stage investment fund out of Seattle, WA. He is an active member of two of the most prominent Florida focused investment groups: New World Angels (NWA) , a private group of angel investors) and Miami Innovation Fund (MIF), a private group of seed investors).

Raj is an active seed investor and has invested in several startups: BitDeli (a hosted platform for real-time data analytics), Chirpify (enables consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter), Gamiana (developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online games), Geoloqi (a real-time location platform), GlobeSherpa (a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems), LivePlate (lets people cook together in real time, using group video and chat), PHPFog (recently renamed AppFog, a leasing platform as a service, PAAS provider), SweetSpot Diabetes Care (a health data company focused on data in treatment of diabetes, recently sold to DexCom), WedWu (a Priceline-like service for brides and grooms), and zApproved (legal and regulatory compliance platform SaaS).
In addition, Raj is currently working with several startups in Oregon and Florida as an active advisor and mentor to the founders.

Rob Strandberg

President & CEO of the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida   |  LinkedIn

Rob Strandberg is the President & CEO of Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC), a public private partnership that assists emerging science and technology companies. In his role he is responsible for oversight of EDC’s business mentor/protégé program, the C. Scott Ellington Technology Business Incubator, EDC conferences, fundraising, administration of the New World Angels and other programs that EDC runs in support of the emerging science and technology community.

Mr. Strandberg has been a CEO of a number of successful technology companies including Orlando based Xytrans, Inc., a Lockheed Martin spinout focusing on high frequency radio and VSat systems as well as highly advanced concealed weapons detection technology, PSC Inc., a global leader in bar code laser/CCD scanners and wireless data collection devices and DATAMAX, Inc., an Orlando based global leader in high performance printers (sold to Dover Corp. for $140M). Additionally, Mr. Strandberg has been a director of such public companies as Sawtek/Triquint, Merix/Via Systems and Quipp/ITW.

Mr. Strandberg has extensive experience in all aspects of growing technology enterprises, including strategic and tactical planning in highly competitive technology markets, financial and operations management, building and leading high performance development teams and all elements of financing for both public and private companies. Mr. Strandberg received his BS/Engineering at Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard University.

Steve Repetti

CEO/CTO RadWeb Technologies   |  LinkedIn

Mr. Repetti has more than 20 years experience as a software developer, technology executive, inventor, and investor. He is currently the CEO of RadWeb Technologies, administrator of the RadWeb Technology Partners startup fund, Chairman of the Board of Silcon Valley-based non-profit Data Portability, as well as a member of the OpenAjax Alliance and Open Web Foundation.

Steve is the author of the highly acclaimed social aggregator Scrapplet, social network site Zude, Web 2.0 browser library xWinLib, and co-wrote the open5G/FGL open source programming language/web server/object database. His efforts have received numerous awards and recognition, and he has been featured in PC Magazine, PC World, eWeek, Information Week, CNET, ZDNET, TechCrunch, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, and more.

Kimberly Gramm, MBA

Executive Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and the Assistant Dean Community Relations at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business   |  

Kimberly Gramm, MBA
Kimberly Gramm is the Executive Director of the Adams Center for Entrepreneurship and the Assistant Dean Community Relations at Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business. She began her role in early 2008 to create and develop a new strategic overview for the entrepreneurship program which began in 2000. Under Ms. Gramm’s direction and leadership she champions the effort with the help and support of her colleagues at FAU and in the business community of south Florida. The signature FAU Business Plan Competition has grown over the years to review over 200 business plans for funding, and offering cash and in kind prizes of over $200K annually with the help of over 125 business expert volunteers to support local entrepreneurs. Her programs include Entrepreneur in Residence, Entrepreneur Boot-Camp, and free entrepreneur Learning Sessions.

In addition, her new expanded role of Assistant Dean of Community Relations she has assembled a team to develop and execute a community relations strategy for the College including but not limited to development, marketing, events and media. As a firm believer that success begins with education she has dedicated herself to developing programming that provides real world relevant experiences to students, the community and faculty that is rewarding and supports not only FAU’s mission but economic development for south Florida.

Ms. Gramm’s professional experience focuses in the areas of entrepreneurship, business development, marketing, and global corporate strategy. Her most recent professional experience she served as a corporate market strategist for a global business United Parcel Service a solid platform for strategy and business development in her current role at FAU. Ms. Gramm has been featured in the Boca Raton Magazine, Sun-Sentinel and various other media for her efforts in providing entrepreneurs opportunity to develop successful businesses.
Ms. Gramm serves on the following Boards: FAU College of Business, FAU Research Park Association, YMCA Board of South Palm Beach County, Gold Coast Venture Capital Association and The Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee.

Phil Viscomi

Technology Business Commercialization Professional   |  LinkedIn

Phil Viscomi serves as a partner with Business Growth Advisors. The company creates value and financial returns for owners of and investors in technology companies by providing innovative strategic planning, restructuring, revenue acceleration, and merger and acquisition services. Specializing in high technology business development, the company’s current projects are adding value to emerging software, hardware and sensor companies, Smartphone eMoney and coupon systems, RF MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) product commercialization, and in global technology product distribution.
Phil’s entrepreneurial background includes roles as board member, President, CEO, P&L manager and leadership team member of six successful technology businesses, C-Level advisor/coach to multiple growth stage companies, and advisor to institutional/private investors. As an executive and intrapreneur, he held leadership positions in major Fortune 50 companies and delivered strong results through double-digit percentage growth of multiple-billion dollar portfolios. Phil also serves as a university guest lecturer, instructor in business and entrepreneurial topics, and executive in residence..

Franc Nemanic

Board Member/Founding/Charter Member at Miami Innovation Fund, Member New World Angels   |  LinkedIn

I was the Founder and Former President of, which after raising more than $8 million in venture capital went public in Nov 2006 on the Toronto Stock Exchange raising more than $30 million (TSX: H) and was later acquired by Deluxe Corp (NYSE:DLX) for $122 million in June 2008. Hostopia was a pioneer of the "Software as a Service" model (SaaS) and recipient of numerous awards during my tenure including: Deloitte&Touche Fast500 (2006), INC500 (2005), South Florida Business Journal's Top Internet Based Business (2005), #1 on Profit Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies (2005), in addition to many others.

The Hostopia platform has generated hundreds of millions of dollars of recurring revenue for its wholesale channel partners and it established itself as the number one company in the world in its niche. Clients include some of the largest companies in their industry including: British Telecom, Verizon, Bell Canada, Telus,, Covad, Rogers Cable, and many, many others.

My expertise is in the technology and software industries and I love the startup environment. Currently I am a founding member of the Miami Innovation Fund, Member Investor with New World Angels, a Strategic Board Mentor with Incubate Miami, and I volunteers my time as a member of the Executive Board of MIT Enterprise Forum for South Florida. As a consultant, I have advised numerous startups on how to raise capital and better structure their Marketing and Sales efforts.”

Prior to founding Hostopia in 1999, I had an extremely successful sales career spanning 10 years in a variety of different companies and industries including Parametric Technology Corp., Tandberg Inc., ADP Claims Solutions Group, and others. In addition, I have won many sales awards including President's Club with ADP. I have previously held series 7, 31, and 66 licenses with Bernstein Global Wealth Management and have a wide range of operational and sales experience spanning a variety of industries.

Alex de Carvalho

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Professor   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Alex is passionate about creating spaces for individuals, companies, and brands to connect.

Best known as a social media professional, Alex advises organizations on their use of social networks to build brand relationships with key constituents and the community.

He is adept at business strategy, concept design, marketing communication, as well as leading the implementation of complex software development projects with distributed teams.

Alex is the co-founder of BuzzMed (formerly VoxMed), a worldwide community for physicians, healthcare professionals, and pharmaceutical companies to exchange scientific information and research.

Previously, he directed business development efforts at online media and mobile content companies and co-founded a leading European e-mail marketing provider. Prior to that, while at a major consultancy, he advised blue-chip companies on strategic initiatives. Clients have included Air France, Chevron, General Motors, Corning Saint-Gobain, British Airways, Repsol, Visa, Le Parisien, NRJ Radio, Carat, Sanofi-Aventis, Nortel Networks, and the Finnish Venture Capital Association.

Based in Miami, Florida, Alex has helped unite South Florida's tech community by founding The Startup Forum, Social Media Club, BarCamp, Ignite, Social Media Day, and Mobile Monday events for South Florida new media professionals. He is also a founding member of RefreshMiami.

Over the past six years, these organizations have hosted events for over 10,000 technology and business professionals, leading to new business connections, employment opportunities, and startup ideas. These forums have introduced entrepreneurs to investors, where technologists have demonstrated new applications that have launched as new startup ventures.


Andrej Kostresevic

Founder at New Frontier Nomads   |  LinkedIn

Andrej has over a decade of development experience, and has developedapps that have over 10M downloads. He organizes the Miami Lean StartupCircle and the South Florida Android Developers. He is currently busyrunning the New Frontier Nomads, a mobile development company focusedon helping startups design, develop and validate innovative mobile products.

Andrej Kostresevic
Founder, New Frontier Nomads
Watch my talk about applying the Lean Startup principles to 3 mobilestartups:

Organizer, Miami Lean Startup Circle
Organizer, South Florida Android Developers
Organizer, Refresh Mobile

Craig Agranoff

CBS News Television Tech Contributor / SEO   |  

Craig Agranoff is an award winning CBS News Television Tech Contributor. He recently won a Digital PR award for his work with Chevrolet. Recently he was named one of the 12 people to watch in 2012 by GulfStream Publications. He is an entrepreneur, and national Social Engagement consultant as well as a noted specialist in online reputation management and monitoring, User Experience (UX) and SEO. He is the co-founder of where he is in charge of SEO and User Experience UX. He has worked with many Internet startups. He was also a Tech/Social Media Correspondent in the New Times, The Palm Beach Post, and Currently he is a columnist for Miami Living Magazine and The Huffington Post. Craig is well versed on Search Engine Optimization - SEO.

• Web Visionary
• User Interface
• User Experience
• Search Engine Optimization
• Social Engagement
• Brand Identity
• Social Media Florida
• Speaker
• Author
• Online Reputation Management
• Geo Location Marketing
• Location Based Applications
• Foursquare marketing
• iPhone Applications
• iPad Applications
• Augmented Reality Apps

Jose A. Hernandez-Solaun

Senior Vice President - GE Capital   |  LinkedIn

Jose A. Hernandez-Solaun is a Senior Vice President at GE Capital, a division of General Electric (GE). He works closely with C-level executives, of mid-market companies, to facilitate their financing needs. As the regional 'face of GE Capital', Jose specializes in equipment-backed leases and loans, real estate, corporate aircrafts, fleet services, and IT leasing. During his tenure at GE, Jose has attended classes at the John F. Welch Leadership Development Center and has also achieved Green Belt certification in Six Sigma methodology.

Jose is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the University of Miami, where he judges the Business Plan Competition, mentors and lectures students in entrepreneurship, and is a venture coach and Elevator Pitch Judge at The Launchpad.

Previously, Jose was the Founder and President of Mango Consulting Group, LLC., a management consulting firm specializing in capital acquisition, corporate turnaround and restructure, salesforce effectiveness and business strategy.

Within Mango, Jose formed Mango Green, an initiative helping the community raise its eco-friendly awareness. Mango adopted and is responsible for Miami’s prestigious Brickell Avenue, where the organization routinely gathers to clean the area. Additionally, Jose founded the Hernandez-Solaun Foundation, which educates young adults on the basics of personal finance, credit and business fundamentals (entrepreneurship).

Jose holds a BA in Entrepreneurship, Marketing and International Business from Florida International University. He received his MBA, in 2005, from the University of Miami. In December 2009, he earned an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jose also serves on the board of:
Chairman - The American Diabetes Association (Miami-Dade and Monroe)
Vice Chairman - The MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida
Chairman - Hernandez-Solaun Foundation.

Jeremy Vaughan

Principal + Chief Strategist at feature[23] / Co-Founder at The Factory   |  LinkedIn

Jeremy Vaughan is big on customization and business problem solving. His interest in strategy, operations, and business development stems from his degree in finance and time spent questioning "business as usual".

Jeremy is a principal consultant at feature[23], helping technology-dependent companies stay focused on aligning their software projects with their business goals.

In addition, he is co-founder of The Factory, a different take on the Florida technology accelerator/incubator. A focused, no nonsense, and distraction-free environment to launch quality startups.

Jeremy also works with area professionals and businesses to grow the tech community:
Sponsor Chair - Jacksonville Developer Users Group
Jacksonville Squad Leader - StartupSquad

Marc Asselin

CEO mLabs   |  LinkedIn

Marc Asselin is the CEO of mLabs specializing in working with startups and small businesses through training, seminars, business and financial planning services, as well as software and mobile applications.
Marc has over 20 years of experience in software development and management.
In addition, Marc is the Founder of StartupSquad, a nonprofit community group working to bridge the gap between the various startup ecosystems in a variety of geographic areas including Miami, Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

Marc also serves on the Board of Directors for the MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida and as an Advisory Board member with EDC of South Florida.

Shawn Kernes

Chief Larkr at Larkr

Shawn brings over 15 years of experience in building and managing teams from technology, customer service, operations, marketing, business strategy and business development. He has held a wide range of senior executive roles in high growth companies. He was the founding CTO at StubHub, an online marketplace for sports, concerts and theater events tickets that was acquired by eBay where he served as the Senior Director of Product Development. He was also COO at Cash4Gold and CTO at BeyondTheRack, a private online shopping club. Shawn breathes startup. He enjoys the highs and lows of starting a company and making it successful.

Chris Cabell

Founder/CEO of AppwoRx

Chris Cabell is an innovative technology architect, graphic designer and entrepreneur. Chris is a technology veteran with 15 years of software development experience. Since 2007, his primary focus has been developing mobile technology. Chris has founded several successful technology startups and has collaborated on hundreds of mobile and web development projects for companies around the globe.

Chris’s most recent venture is as co-founder and CEO of AppwoRx, located in Aventura, Florida. AppwoRx is an industry leader in the development of cutting-edge mobile health (mHealth) solutions for medical professionals. AppwoRx is a collaborative effort between Chris and renowned cardiologist Dr. Ariel Soffer. AppwoRx has developed a variety of mHealth products. Their flagship product “PhotoRx” is a mobile clinical photography platform which integrates directly with Electronic Medical Recordkeeping systems. This platform has been featured on NBC, CBS, and the Sun Sentinel and is gaining rapid traction throughout the US and Europe. AppwoRx was recently recognized as one of the top startups in South Florida by the South Florida Technology Alliance.

W. Jeffrey Brown

Managing Member at Honey Tree Holdings, LLC   |  LinkedIn

A successful serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in media and software technology spanning product development, sales, marketing and all areas of business operations.

International Business Development, Sales, Marketing, M&A, Board of Directors, Management, Coaching, Leadership, Media, Advertising, technology, IT, Digital, Engineering, Consulting, Hot News, Start-ups,internet

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