Paving the way for tech entrepreneurship since 2014.

We are Central Florida’s only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on accelerating tech and tech-enabled startups.

With educational outposts throughout the region and a rich variety of virtual and hybrid programs, we support early-stage tech founders through our Accelerator Programs for idea, build, and pre-seed stages of tech entrepreneurship. Working with nearly 200 companies over the course of almost a decade, our Starter community continues to grow – growing our mission of making early-stage tech startup support more accessible to all.

Meet our expert team.

Mike Bowers


Mike Bowers, PhD


Program Manager

Elizabeth Burgess

Scott Ritchey - Pre-Seed Stage Lead - StarterStudio

Pre-Seed Stage Lead

Scott Ritchey

Lilian Myers - Build Stage Lead - StarterStudio

Build Stage Lead

Lilian Myers

David Alecock - Bootcamps & Idea Stage Lead - StarterStudio

Bootcamps & Idea Stage Lead

David Alecock

Our Board of Directors.

Phil Zeman


SouthState Bank

Kelly Cohen

Immediate Past Chair

Southern Strategy

Tom Gawronski


Private Investor

Taylor Pancake


Foley & Lardner

Derek Barnett

Cogent Bank

Terrance Berland

Co-Founder and Principal, Unicorn & Lion LLC

Shari Costantini

Kismet Technologies

Jacques Fu

PETE Learning

Carmenza Gonzalez


Heath Hensley


Donna Mackenzie, CPA

Florida CFO Group

Peter McAlindon, PhD

Crummer Graduate School of Business

Stephanie Miller, PhD


Rob Panepinto

UCF and Govo Venture Partners

Gregg Pollack

Vue Mastery / Elar Institute

Terry Sanks

Buesse & Sanks

Renuka Sastri

I-Drive Community Redevelopment Agency

Joshua Snyder


Our Sponsors and Supporters.