About StarterStudio


Startups Supported

Outside Funding Raised

Evergreen Seed Investments

Accelerator Graduates


StarterStudio is a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabled startups and other innovators that are adding fuel to Florida’s growing technology economy. We know that each Starter (that’s what we call them) and venture is different, so we have tons of events and programs, two accelerators (one with direct funding built-in), three (and counting) collaborative work spaces, and bushels of partners, mentors, and supporters of our community that are creating an ecosystem like no other.

Thanks to Our Sponsors for Their Continuing Support


Donna Mackenzie

Donna Mackenzie

Executive Director


Casey Field

Casey Field

Programming Director


Andi Earle

Andi Earle

Membership & Office Manager

Board of Directors

Thad Seymour, Chair
Vice Provost for UCF Downtown

Rodney Cruise, Vice Chair
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Terrance Berland
Managing Partner, Kirenaga Partners

Josh Brown
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kirstie McCool-Chadwick
Chief Executive Officer, CityBuilders.co

Cari Coats
Executive Director, Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

Kelly Cohen
Managing Partner, Southern Strategy Group

Phil Holt
Director, ArenaNet

Donna Mackenzie
Executive Director, StarterStudio

Suneera Madhani
Chief Executive Officer, Fattmerchant

Dom Meffe
Chief Executive Officer, Kroger Specialty Pharmacy

Brooke Myers

Founder and President, VelocityRED

Lilian Myers
Managing Partner, EconomyFour

Dr. Thomas O’Neal
Associate VP of Research & Commercialization, University of Central Florida

Taylor Pancake
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Rob Panepinto
President, Florentine Strategies

Gregg Pollack
Founder, Code School, Envy Labs, and Starter Studio

Jonathan Taylor
Mentor Capitalist, Entrenext Ventures

Thank You to Our Major Sponsors for Their Generous Support

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