Where students can compete and win more than $10,000 in cash prizes to launch their business ideas!
|March 30th||Deadline for Intent to Compete|
|March 30th||Deadline for Submissions|
|April 2nd||Mandatory Training for Semi-Finalists|
|April 10th||Finalists Announced|
|April 30th||Competition and Awards Ceremony|
|Competition Category||Prize||Award Amount|
|Business Plan||1st Place||$5,000|
|Business Plan||2nd Place||$2,500|
|Elevator Pitch||1st Place||$1,000|
|Elevator Pitch||2nd Place||$500|
|Special Recognition Awards||Awards (up to 4)||$250 each|
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President, TBIC- Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Ms. Elmore is a founder and the president of the STAR-TEC Enterprises, Inc. dba Tampa Bay Innovation Center.The Innovation Center, a not-for-profit that works with early-stage technology companies, is a regional, national and international known success story that has been in operation for nine years that continues to build momentum in Pinellas County, Florida. Read More...
Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Ed. D
Senior Manager, PCED-Pinellas County Economic Development Center
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Mark E. Swanson
VP Bright House Networks
Mark Swanson is a serial technology entrepreneur who has successfully started and grown six multi-million dollar companies in the last twenty plus years. Most recently, Mark was the co-founder and CEO of Tampa-based, Telovations, a three time Inc. 500/5000 Company which was founded in 2006 and sold to Bright House Networks in December 2012. Mark has started and grown technology businesses in Atlanta, New York, Silicon Valley and Tampa Bay. Mark started his career in the United States Army where he commanded several military units including forming the first unit of Apache attack helicopters. Later, he managed several high tech projects as a test pilot. Read More...
CEO & Founder, International Screening Solutions Managing Partner, Ideasphere
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