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.

Michael Zaharios, President
Dave Spitzer, Vice President
Steve Mach, Treasurer