Startup Grind Fort Lauderdale celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week with StartupBlitz™ Fort Lauderdale 2018 on Friday November 16th. StartupBlitz™ is the ultimate single day event designed to quickly plug you into the local entrepreneurship community.
Your StartupBlitz Fort Lauderdale 2018 All Day Pass includes:
Guided tours of Fort Lauderdale coworking spaces
A discussion Panel
Food and drinks: Light brunch, refreshments throughout the day, including beer, wine (with proper id) soft drinks, gourmet coffee, appetizers and a light dinner as well as cocktails and extended happy hour fare during the Sparkups™ Speed Networking event.
Token funding for startups 1:00 to 2:00
Token funding for startups refers to an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) as a means of startup fundraising that uses blockchain technologies to offer investors the opportunity to invest in a digital currency (cryptocurrency) in exchange for Bitcoin. Many Startups are launching ICOs as a mean to bypass the traditional capital-raising process and the costs associated with funding a startup through more traditional means such as venture capital or banks. Are ICOs the future of startup fundraising or another crypto-scam? There are still many questions left to be answered. Sam Abbassi, CEO of Bushido Labs and leading local cryptocurrency expert, will inform us by conducting our Token Funding introductory workshop.
Digital Marketing for Startups 2:00 to 3:00
Building traction quickly is the make or break factor that determines your ability to scale efficiently and attract funding. While growth hacking is great for growth spikes, there's no better tool for consistent growth than well designed digital marketing campaigns. Get the lowdown on the fast changing digital marketing landscape for 2019 and a clear understanding of how the different platforms are best applied. Join Dan Grech, lead instructor and founder of BizHack Academy, in this instructive workshop.
Startup Crawl: 4:00 to 7:00
Fort Lauderdale offers a growing number of great facilities and resources to help local entrepreneurs launch and scale their startups. We are touring several downtown Fort Lauderdale co-working spaces to offer you an opportunity to get to know the different accelerator, incubator and spaces in the area. Special offers and refreshments will be available at the facilities. Shuttle service: participants must physically register at the Innovation Hub to ride the shuttle.
Pitch MasterClass: Pitch. Persuade. And Profit.: 7:00 to 7:30
You've created the perfect deck, you practiced your pitch for months. Today is the big day. You get on stage. It's Showtime! No it's Shutdown Time! What happened? It's one thing to know your deck. It's another to deliver the goods like a pro! Prior to our panel, we are launching our first interactive workshop where you will work directly with a leading expert in influence, persuasion, and entrepreneurship. Charles Schwartz will be teaching the same proven skills that helped him retire at 36, become a millionaire at 37, and be invited to lecture at Yale at 38.
Women in Entrepreneurship Panel 7:30 to 8:30
We're bringing the Broward community together to inspire future female entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers and potential investors by putting together a panel of women who are successful entrepreneurs, experienced investors, community development leaders, or corporate partners who support entrepreneurship.
Sparkups™ Speed Networking @ Good Spirits: 8:30 to 9:30.
The event is exactly like it sounds, an easy way to network and meet people in your community who may be able to help you crowdsource solutions to questions or problems, connect you to resources and to provide support along your entrepreneurial journey. Expand your network, recruit potential collaborators and meet like minded disrupters. Free cocktails and expanded happy hour food and liquor.
StartupBlitz™ will take place in multiple locations. Agenda is subject to change. For final meeting locations and event updates please go to startupbroward.org/events
About Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Global Entrepreneurship Week began in 2008 with an emphasis on inspiring young people to make their mark and has quickly grown to become a comprehensive effort that engages entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, support organizations and others collaborating to advance economic growth and innovation in more than 170 countries around the world.
Paula is the co-founder of Crea7ive.com, an award-winning multicultural digital branding agency specializing in bridging technology, brand experience and best practices to help clients achieve measurable results.
She also founded KlosetKarma.co, a 'A Conversation with Innovative Women Series" and is a community leader for Startup Weekend and Techstars in Miami.
As an innovator in venture finance, Sally connects ideas to capital. She is author of “Cash from the Crowd” and is a writer and speaker for Entrepreneur Magazine. She is addicted to helping business owners navigate the new capital opportunities provided by the updated securities regulations in the Jobs Act.
JESSICA SHIN is a Co-Founder at Apollonix, a communication and transactional platform transforming the dental prosthetics industry.
She leverages over 17 years in technology integration, policy, risk management and marketing to focus on growing the user base, establishing strategic partnerships, and integrating software solutions.
Jessica also mentors emerging entrepreneurs through CareerSource Broward's Startup Now program and worked in Federal nuclear, defense, and emergency management organizations.
Jessica is an MBA graduate of George Washington University and has a BS in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland.
Arzu Tekir has been working with many city leaders and various organizations as a business strategist for almost two decades. She has eighteen years of work experience in strategic planning, business development, strategic partnership development. She also has raised funding in the millions of dollars for large-scale public and private sector projects.
After having led several for-profit and non-profit organizations, Arzu founded Urbanite Venture to help urbantech companies develop and implement urban solutions to transition cities into smarter, more livable and lovable places for all. Urbanite Venture is a growth consulting firm with expertise in smart cities, urban innovation and fundraising.
As the Executive Director for World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities in Turkey, Arzu and her team partnered with national government and sixteen cities in Turkey and two cities in Africa to improve the quality of lives and to create a positive impact on urban mobility and urban sprawl and urban efficiency. Previously to WRI, Arzu advised companies to develop innovative IT projects in Istanbul. She worked as European Union Projects Coordinator and External Relations Director for IT companies producing technology solutions for the cities, directed the financing of the projects and established strategic partnerships. As the new manager, she rebuilt a management consultancy company which had been inoperative for the previous three years when she started in 2003 and ran it for about two years.She designed and implemented a six week "Smart Cities & Global Development" online program for graduate students at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She is the author of “Blockchain for Smart Cities, Simplified”, a manual that examines the potential of blockchain to transform cities and redefine smart city applications.
Arzu has been featured in various media outlets including, The Guardian, National Geographic Energy Challenge Blog, Al Jazeera Magazine, Bloomberg HT TV, NTV-MSNBC, Monocle, and Forbes. As a sought-after speaker, she gives talks and moderates discussions on women entrepreneurship, urban innovations, smart and sustainable cities.
Shakeia Kegler is a Navy veteran turned entrepreneur she is also the founder and CEO of GovLia. GovLia is a business to government marketplace designed to simplify and revolutionize the procurement process for veteran, minority, and women-owned businesses. She is passionate about providing opportunities for underserved small businesses and the communities they represent and is always searching for ways to increase opportunities. She is a change maker and just overall a phenomenal person!