Startup Surge is a 24-hour celebration presented in two (2) segments:
powered by BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS
March 28th, 1:00pm-5:00pm @ Tampa Bay WaVE
Both starting a business and growing a business come with 1,000 questions. If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or you have already started buiding your startup, join us for Startup Surge and get a 1,000 answers. Not only will we be helping local startups surge ahead, helping them leapfrog to success, but we are also creating a surge of entrepreneurial momentum in Tampa Bay.
What is Startup Surge? It's our Expert Office Hours on fire! Or perhaps we shoudl call it "Speed Mentoring". Dozens of our mentors, advisors and funding coaches will be on hand for 20-minutes of one-on-one coaching and counseling.
Surge topics will include:
Idea Validation - Social Media Strategy - Team Development - Raising Capital
Product Development - Customer Development - UI/UX - Mobile Strategy Online Payments - B2B Sales - Affiliate Marketing - Legal/HR/Accounting
'Surge Ahead tracks' will be provided to help you navigate. There is a track for everyone. Which will you take?
Idea Stage - Getting to Launch - To Launch & Beyond - Growth Surge
1:00pm-1:30pm - Welcome with the MEGA Schedule & Sign-up
1:30pm - 4:00pm - One-on-One Office Hours - A bell will ring every 20 minutes prompting you to move to the next expert. Alternatively, participants can join in one of several workshops as well.
1:30pm Workshop: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know Before Hiring 1099 Contractors (hosted by TriNet)
2:15pm Workshop: Mobile Strategies that Work (hosted by Absolute Mobile Solutions)
3:00pm Workshop: What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About Crowdfunding (hosted by Florida Funders)
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Wrap Up - Bringing it all together, creating an action plan with what you learned.
Guest speaker: Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Networking & Food Trucks
Startup Surge Showcase
powered by TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
$35pp in advance; $45 at the door
March 28th, 6:00pm-8:30pm @ Tampa Bay Times Forum - Firestick Grill
Join us for an evening where we will showcase some of the area's most promising tech startups.
Special guests include Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and our keynote speaker Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq. Now a professor at the Ohio State University, Dr. Mansoor will be sharing his story and insights on strategic planning and perseverance.
Meet and mingle with the best and brightest of Tampa Bay, and join in the live voting and share the crowd's favorites.
6:00pm - 6:30pm - Cocktail Reception
6:30pm - 6:45pm - Welcome - Opening Remarks by Mayor Buckhorn - Voting Details
6:45pm - 7:30pm - Startup Company Presentations (10 startups with 3 minutes each)
7:30pm - 7:45pm - Live Voting Begins
7:45pm - 8:10pm - Keynote Speaker: Col. Peter Mansoor
8:10pm - 8:30pm - Announce Winners - Wrap up - End the Night
Special Thanks to all of our other sponsors: