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Founders Institute Startup Ideation Bootcamp

1/22/2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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You have an idea for a startup, but don't know what to do next? In just three hours, the Startup Ideation Bootcamp will help you improve your idea, come up with new ideas, determine the next steps, and even recruit potential co-founders. This intensive, collaborative workshop begins with talks by leading startup Founders designed to teach you the components of good and bad startup ideas. For example, is your market big enough, is there organic growth potential, and a clear path to profitability? Then, attendees can share their ideas with both experts and peers to receive constructive feedback. Join us for a fun evening!

Goal: Develop a winning startup idea.


Michael O Donnell, Founder & CEO,

Michael O'Donnell is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and adviser to early-stage companies. He founded Ask-Me Multimedia in 1985 and sold it to a publicly-traded company in Seattle in 1995. He was on the management team that built and launched SPRYNET, one of the first national Internet Service Providers (ISP). He founded in 1998, raised $30M, and served as the company's CEO for 12 years. O'Donnell is the author of two best-selling books on business planning and marketing planning, and has been a keynote speaker at numerous events for startups. In addition to launching the Founder Institute in Tampa, O'Donnell is also working on launching a Facebook Timeline app called

Steve Tingiris, Founder, Enthusem

Steve Tingiris is the CEO of Prospect Smarter, Inc., a leading provider of technology-driven marketing systems and serves as one of the founding board members of The Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit organization that helps early-stage technology companies find funding and peer support. Steve is also the founder of a turnkey cross-channel marketing system that helps brands like National Geographic, Home Shopping Network, MacWorld, The Colts and hundreds more of the World’s savviest marketers connect with their most valuable prospects.

John Spence, Managing Partner, John Spence, LLC

John Spence is currently the managing partner of John Spence LLC, and has owned or been CEO of 10 companies. John has twice been recognized as one of the top 100 business thought leaders in America and also as one of the top small business influencers in the country along with Seth Godin, Malcolm Gladwell and Apple. John was named CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation at the age of 26, CEO of an international strategy / sales strategy firm at 32, and for the last 16 years has traveled upwards of 200 days a year worldwide to help businesses and individuals achieve more success. He is the author of "Excellence by Design: Leadership" and "Awesomely Simple: Essential Business Strategies for Turning Ideas into Action" and has been a guest lecturer at more than 90 colleges and universities including Stanford, Harvard, and the Wharton school of business. John is also a lead instructor at the Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT and the Director of Best Practice Innovation at the Best Practice Institute.

David Whitney, Director, Investment Banking

David Whitney is a Director of Investment Banking at Duncan-Williams. Whitney also serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence in the University of Florida’s College of Engineering and teaches a graduate course on innovation. Whitney was the founder and Managing Director of Energent Ventures, a private equity investor in early stage technology companies. Prior to forming Energent, David was a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Venture Capital practice in Silicon Valley. "Whit," as he is known, will focus on the topic of fundraising and best practices for pitching investors.

Who Should Attend the Ideation Bootcamp?

Anyone who has an idea for a startup or an early-stage company.

Anyone who would like feedback on their ideas or pitch.

Anyone that is interested in joining a new startup or looking for a co-founder.

Anyone interested in learning about the Founder Institute program.

What is the Agenda?

Welcome and Socializing with Snacks

Introduction to the Founder Institute

Q&A about the Founder Institute

Expert Advice on Startup Ideas

Public Idea Workshop

Speed Idea Review

Discussion and Drinks at a Local Bar or Restaurant

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