Startup Surge Day FirstWaVE Venture Center

400 North Ashley Dr.,
Ste. 200 Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, March 28, 2014
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

  Startup Surge Showcase Tampa Bay Times Forum

401 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Friday, March 28, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)

March 28th, 1:00pm-5:00pm @ Tampa Bay WaVE

Both starting a business and growing a business comes 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 should 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

Startup Showcase

powered by

Keynote speaker
Dr. Peter Mansoor

March 28th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Tampa Bay Times Forum - Firestick Grill

$35pp in advance; $45 at the door

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.

The Schedule

Startup Day


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.

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Networking & Food Trucks

Startup Showcase Agenda

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