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Partner Institution

Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at USF St. Petersburg

National Partners

Global Accelerator Network
Startup America Partnership

Statewide Partners

Startup Florida
Florida Venture Forum
Florida Next Foundation

Regional Partners

Tampa Bay Technology Forum
St. Petersburg Chamber
Startup Weekend Tampa
Pinellas County Economic Development
Creative Tampa Bay
City of Tampa
City of St. Petersburg

Program Sponsors

Student Teams: Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at USFSP College of Business
Social Media: Head of Lettuce Media
Pitch Coaching: WeImagine
Phone Systems: Telovations
Online Learning: TrueFire
Media Coaching: KnowHowe
Legal Counsel: Gray Robinson
Financial Services: Pender Newkirk & Company
Co-Working Host: Mad Mobile
Business Consulting: SBDC @ Pinellas County Economic Development
Branding & Web: Alorum
Banking Services: PNC Bank
Additional Hosts: USFSP, St. Petersburg Chamber, & Microsoft

Founding Board

Brent Britton

Brent Britton
Brent is the only graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory who is a lawyer. Recently described by 83 Degrees magazine as “arguably the most sought after one-man think tank for entrepreneurs across Central Florida,” Brent Britton has been helping companies for more than 20 years in Boston, San Francisco & the Silicon Valley, New York, and Florida. His forthcoming book, “Ideas2Money – Start Up Your Startup” answers the question, “I’ve got a great idea for a startup. What do I do next?” Alongside his position as chair of the Emerging Business and Technology practice group at GrayRobinson in Tampa, Brent has started a bunch of his own companies. He writes and speaks constantly. He lives in South Tampa with his wife and two children. He is admitted to practice law in California, New York, and Florida. Learn more about him at brentbritton.com.

Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson
Bill Jackson is the Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Director of the Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at USF St. Petersburg’s College of Business. He also serves as the Managing Editor of the Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship and Vice President of Member Services for the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE). Bill received his masters degree in Management at Troy University, and doctoral degree in Strategic Management from the University of Memphis.

John Morrow

John Morrow
Over the past 30+ years, John Morrow has started and grown a number of technology companies in the areas of software, instrumentation, automation, and digital media. Currently, he provides strategic management consulting services to clients in technology-based industries. John also serves as the Entrepreneur-In-Residence with the Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at USF St. Petersburg’s College of Business.

Marvin Scaff

Marvin Scaff
Software entrepreneur and technology innovator, lead developer of multiple 1.0 products. Played a significant role in many successful companies that were later acquired. Former founder, CEO, CTO and EIR for a venture capital fund that had a successful portfolio company IPO and later acquisition for $1.5B. Have filed over 12 patent applications for inventions in the last 3 years.

Daniel James Scott

Daniel James Scott
Daniel has been recognized as “an accomplished entrepreneur” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, one of “10 who make Tampa Bay area’s economic outlook brighter” by the St. Petersburg Times and one of “Florida’s economic impact players” by Florida Trend. Daniel is contributes to our entrepreneurial ecosystem as Brain Trust Router and Tampa Bay Curator for StartupDigest, Trustee for Awesome St. Petersburg, Associate Editor for ASBE’s Journal of Business & Entrepreneurship, and Associate Director for the Sustainable Entrepreneurship & Innovation Alliance at the USFSP College of Business. Learn more about him at Leading Entrepreneurship.