About StarterStudio


Startups Supported

Outside Funding Raised

Evergreen Seed Investments

Accelerator Graduates


StarterStudio is a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabled 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.


Lilian Myers

Lilian Myers

Executive Director

Marelena Price Cruz

Marelena Price Cruz

Programming Manager

Nicole Hall-Elser

Nicole Hall-Elser

Marketing Manager

Scott Ritchie

Scott Ritchie

Mentor in Residence

David Alecock

David Alecock

Co.Starters Facilitator

Bob Reed

Bob Reed

Co.Starters Facilitator

Board of Directors


Terrance Berland
Managing Partner, Kirenaga Partners


Rodney Cruise
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Kelly Cohen
Managing Partner, Southern Strategy Group


Donna Mackenzie
Executive Director, StarterStudio


Suneera Madhani
Chief Executive Officer, Fattmerchant


Kirstie McCool
Chief Executive Officer, CityBuilders.co


Dom Meffe
Chief Executive Officer, Kroger Specialty Pharmacy


Andrew M. Murray, CPA
Tax Manager at Withum


Brooke Myers


Founder and President, VelocityRED


Lilian Myers
Managing Partner, EconomyFour


Taylor Pancake
Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP


Rob Panepinto
President, Florentine Strategies


Gregg Pollack
Founder, Code School, Envy Labs, and Starter Studio


Joshua Snyder
VP, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development at PowerDMS


Thad Seymour, Immediate Past Chair
President, UCF 


Board of ADVISORS 

 Thomas Chatmon
Executive Director, Downtown Orlando

 Erik Ushkowitz
Director of Economic Development, Orange County



Thank You to Our Major Sponsors for Their Generous Support