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.


Donna Mackenzie

Donna Mackenzie

Executive Director


Dayle Moore

Dayle Moore

Operations & Program Director


Nina Calabrese

Nina Calabrese

Community Coordinator


Haley Fielding

Haley Fielding

Marketing Lead


Casey Field

Casey Field

Programming Lead


Ryan Bealey

Ryan Bealey

Web Developer Lead


David Alecock

David Alecock

Marketing Director


Board of Directors

Thad Seymour, Chair
Vice Provost for UCF Downtown

Rodney Cruise, Vice Chair
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Terrance Berland
Chief Operating Officer, Violet Gro

Josh Brown
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Kirstie Chadiwck
Chief Executive Officer, InBIA

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

Dom Meffee
Chief Executive Officer, Kroger

Lilian Myers
Watson Health, IBM

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

Thanks to our Sponsors for Their Continuing Support

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