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Innovate Daytona

Volusia County’s Entrepreneurship Movement

Be the change you wish to see

Innovate Daytona’s mission is to build a sustainable culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the Volusia County, Florida region.

We take action and launch initiatives that:
– attract media attention
– reduce the fear of failure
– raise the area’s average income
– connect people, innovations and funding
– increase trust, diversity and mentorship

The culmination of our work makes the Volusia County region a hub that attracts and retains talented individuals.

Why Innovate Daytona? Simple: we are the glue bringing everyone together. This increases efficiency, reduces duplication, fosters more collaboration, creates a continuous communication loop and makes it easier for the regular person to understand who the resources are and how they can help their idea or existing company.

History: Fueled by Passionate Local Minds

In 2016, nine individuals who have young families living in Volusia County came together to start a conversation about 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 501(c)(3) entity through researching the local economic development landscape and identifying there was a gap in representing entrepreneurs from all industries.

Special thanks to the original nine for volunteering their time and resources to make this movement a reality:
James Jiloty, Stephen Lawrence, Steve Mach, Jayson Meyer, Lou Paris, Dave Spitzer, Jack White, Michael Zaharios and Art Zimmet.

CURRENT LEADERSHIP:
Michael Zaharios, President
Dave Spitzer, Vice President
Steve Mach, Treasurer

CONTACT US: InnovateDaytona@gmail.com

Results: Actions speak louder than words

Volunteer Led Accomplishments

  • Hosted Rainforest Workshop with T2 Venture Creation experts & 50 community leaders
  • Inspired subsequent Fail Forward event focused on overcoming adversity in entrepreneurship
  • Helped sustain and grow 1 Million Cups weekly entrepreneurship meeting now 4 years running
  • Launched Startup Weekend annual 54-hour event in partnership with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Gave rise and sustainability to Elevate Daytona Beach event powered by the Leadership Daytona Alumni Council
  • Acted as entrepreneurs and rebranded Startup Weekend to Kickstart Weekend to better align local market needs
  • Brought nationally recognized Startup Grind event powered by Google to the City of Ormond Beach

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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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