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Innovate Daytona

Building on Daytona’s heritage of innovation

Inspiring Change. Developing Growth.

Innovate Daytona’s mission is to build a sustainable culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Volusia County region. We will launch initiatives that will attract media attention; connect people, innovations and funding; increase trust, diversity and mentorship while reducing the fear of failure; raise the area’s average income and integrate entrepreneurship activities into local schools, colleges and universities. The culmination of our work will make the Daytona region a hub for innovation that attracts and retains highly talented individuals.

History: Fueled by Passionate Minds

In 2016, nine passionate individuals who all have families and are based in Volusia County came together to start a reoccurring conversation focused on identifying action steps that could be taken to improve our community while retaining our best and brightest and providing more opportunity for all. The books Startup Communities and The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley provided the playbook for what could be done. Innovate Daytona was formed as a non-profit entity through researching the local economic development landscape and identifying there was a gap in representing entrepreneurs from all industries.

Results: Actions speak louder than words

Accomplishments

  • Hosted Rainforest Workshop with T2 Venture Creation experts & 50 community leaders
  • Helped sustain and grow 1 Million Cups weekly entrepreneurship forum
  • Launched Startup Weekend annual 54-hour event in partnership with ERAU
  • Inspired subsequent Fail Forward event focused on overcoming adversity
  • Gave rise to Elevate Daytona event powered by the Leadership Daytona Alumni Council
  • Substantiated Trep Factory’s partnership with ERAU to fight “brain drain” and launch local startups

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Volusia County’s Entrepreneurs

Inez Bracy

Inez Bracy International

DeLand

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Shailesh Patel

Dredging & Marine Consultants

Port Orange

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Francine Rope-Mundy

FRM Commerical A/R Solutions

Deltona

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Jayson Meyer

Synergy Billing

Daytona Beach

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Gloria Osorio

Mi Casita ALF, Inc.

Deltona

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Bill Gallagher

Solar-Fit

Holly Hill

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Camille Holder Brown

Kale Cafe

Daytona Beach

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Andy Clark

All Aboard Properties

Port Orange

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Katie Moseman

Global City Social Media Marketing

Deltona

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Jack White

Jack White Land Co.

Daytona Beach

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Carlos Valderrama

Valderrama Partners

Deltona

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Lacey McLaughlin

Idea Dinners

Daytona Beach

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Patrick Kelman

Mobile Golf Academy

Ormond Beach

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Brandon Meehan

Meehan's Mobile Headlights

Port Orange

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Kevin McLaughlin

Total Image Signs

Deltona

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The movement is only as successful as those behind it. We’re always looking for driven, creative, and honest entrepreneurs and professionals to help us grow. Send us a message and we’ll get right back to you.

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