Meet Our Panelists - 6th Annual BEAT Event

We are pleased to announce the esteemed panelists who will be featured at BEAT.  Our panelists bring a diverse business background and entrepreneurial expertise to help inspire, educate, and assist startups.
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Session I: Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in TampaBay
9:45-10:45 AM
This panel will examine the various ways to grow and sustain a vibrant entrepreneurial community in Tampa Bay and how to attract and retain top talent
Brian Kornfeld - Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Synapse
J. P. DuBuque - President, St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC)
Lakshmi Shenoy - CEO of Embarc Collective
Session II: Connecting the Dots: Networking Startup Resources
3:00-4:00 PM
This panel will discuss how to engage with the local network of experienced professionals and how entrepreneurs can take advantage of the available resources in Tampa Bay.
Kevin Aspegren - Vice President, Florida Polytechnic University
Tonya Elmore - President & CEO, Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Allie Felix - Director of Programming & Partnerships, Embarc Collective
Robyn Spoto - Entrepreneur in Residence - Women Entrepreneur Forum Facilitator & Ambassador
To find out more about USF CONNECT, Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, or Student Innovation Incubator, please contact

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