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Startup Weekend winners on First Coast Connect
Isabelle Killian and Brian Smith, from the winning Startup Teams of Jacksonville Startup Weekend were interviewed by Melissa Ross, award winning host on, First Coast Connect, the preeminent talk show on WJCT. During this interview Isabelle and Brian shared their experiences from the Startup Weekend. Great job Isabelle and Brian!

Startup Teams pitch their Ideas to 1 Million by 1 Million Global Incubator
Seven of the 16 Startup Teams pitched their ideas to Sramana Mitra, a Silicon Valley Insider and founder of 1 Million by 1 Million global initiative. iStart Jax leveraged its affiliate relationship, thus providing unique opportunities to these 7 Teams to gain experience and obtain feedback on their startup ideas. If you are interested in pitching your idea, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we will connect you.

Brian Smith attends IBM Smart Camp 2012
Brian Smith, Founder of Fighter Energy and team member of Armex Industries, 5th place winner at the Jacksonville Startup Weekend was sponsored by iStart Jax to attend IBM Smart Camp 2012 offered by Starup Florida. Brian had a lifetime experience at the camp. Read his blog about the IBM Smart Camp expeience @ - "I am Addicted....and successful"

Dewitt Robinson gears up for the Tampa based Clean Tech Venture Program
Remember Dewitt who pitched the idea SustainBin at Jacksonville Startup Weekend? Deiwitt is working towards participating in a TRDA (Technological Research and Development Authority) sponsored Clean Tech Venture Program. Good Luck Dewitt and keep us posted!

WJCT Segment on Jacksonville Startup Weekend
On March 8th 2012, WJCT's Hometown show televised the Startup Weekend. If you missed it, to watch the segment,

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Here's the proclamation signed by President Obama declaring this National Entrepreneurship Month
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/01/presidential-proclamation-national-entrepreneurship-month-2011

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Thank you for participating in Jacksonville Startup Weekend – 2012 hosted by iStart Jax Business Accelerator, Indo-US Chamber of Commerce and JAX Chamber.

Jacksonville’s first Startup weekend was a great success with 50+ ideas pitched, 150 people working in 17 Teams tirelessly over 54 Hrs. Event featured 5 Speakers, 5 Judges, 17 Sponsors, 20+ Mentors, a total of 235 people, 250 Tweets and 300 people added to @StartupJax & 780 bottles of water :)

Thanks to WJCT, Entrepreneurs Anchor, Daily Record, Advantage Biz Magazine, Florida Times Union and Jacksonville Business Journal for providing the media coverage to the event.

Grand finale was attended by Sponsors, Mentors, Judges, Speakers and Participants. 17 Teams presented their startup ideas.
And the top 5 winners are…

1st Place – The Pinstitute – Jennifer Chapman and Team
2nd Place – TADA Language – Isabelle Killian and Team
3rd Place – UPEO Analytics – Inayat Walli and Team
4th Place – GIZMO Entetrprises Inc (Pay2Pitch) – Perry Kaye and Team
5th Place – Armex Industries – Eduardo Marquez and Team

Top 5 Teams will have the opportunity to pitch at the Sramana Mitra’s 1 Million by 1 Million Incubator on Thursday 11.00 AM EST. 1 Million by 1 Million is a global initiative by Sramana Mitra to create 1 Million entrepreneurs generating a revenue of 1 Million by 2020, an audacious goal. iStart Jax Business Accelerator is an affiliate of this program.
You can register to see how our top 5 winners perform @http://strategyroundtable-jan26.eventbrite.com/

iStart Jax Business Accelerator will soon announce the next Startup Weekend schedule along with many more exciting events on Tech-startups. We will keep you posted on the progress of these 17 startup ideas as they make significant progress in their journey towards transforming their startup ideas to successful startups.

More on resoures for the startup ideas, coming soon! Any questions, ideas and suggestions for improvement, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,
Jacksonville Startup Weekend – 2012 Team

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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event during which developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. Startup Weekends has been conducted in 300+ cities worldwide; it has helped launch 5000+ businesses; and engaged more than 57,000+ entrepreneurs. It is a premier education experience for entrepreneurs and it result in the development of implementable business plans. Startup Weekend will attract Northeast Florida’s best—Collaborators, business partners, mentors, and investors. Check out the videos on http://jacksonville.startupweekend.org.

Early bird offer is $75, which will expire on December 26th 2012. Students will be charged $50 with a Student Discount code “STUDENT” and Veterans will be charged $60 with a Veteran Discount code “VETERAN”. Must provide valid access pass. Participating in one event is like getting your MBA in one weekend. Apart from intangible valuable experience gained within 54 hours, here are the tangible benefits

·         .CO - All participants get 12 Months free Domain Registration

·         Domain.com - 3 Months Webhosting Free and 1 Year Domain Registration free

·         Cloudmine - $50 (100,000 API Calls) free to build your Mobile App server side platform. www.cloudmine.me

·         SendGrid - Signup for 200 emails/day for free

·         Upto 100 Business Cards free from MOO.com

In addition to above, more than $50,000 discounts for the Startup Weekend participants. Price also includes 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners during the event with non-stop supply of snacks and beverages. We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone, or a team of people, with whom you can actually launch a startup. Early bird offer expires soon. Register soon @ http://jacksonville.startupweekend.org.

Pre-event Meeting: December 8th, at the Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32256 from 2.00 – 4.00 PM, Room B.

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Join us at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Celebrations
15th November, 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM, Venue ALOFT Hotel @ Tapestry Park

sign up now @ http://gew-jax.eventbrite.com

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. More than 115 countries participating with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning 37,000+ activities that directly engage more than 7 million people. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Jacksonville, with the support of Startup Florida and Local Entrepreneurial Service Organizations, will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by recognizing the Top 10 Technology Startups of Northeast Florida on November 15th at ALOFT from 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM. Celebration will include a unique networking opportunity, Award ceremony, launch of the Jacksonville Startup Digest and keynote by Startup entrepreneurs. Mark your calendars.