About StarterStudio

Startups Supported

Outside Funding Raised

Evergreen Seed Investments

Accelerator Graduates


StarterStudio is a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabed 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

David Alecock

David Alecock

Interim Director Marketing, Membership & Operations

Haley Fielding

Haley Fielding

Marketing Lead

Casey Field

Casey Field

Program Manager

Nina Calabrese

Nina Calabrese

Community Coordinator

Ryan Bealey

Ryan Bealey

Web Developer Lead

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 Chadwick
Chief Executive Officer, citybuilders.

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 Meffee
Chief Executive Officer, Kroger

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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