BlueWave Joins Morgan Stanley's Multicultural Innovation Lab

BLUEWAVE Technologies is one of only ten startups selected out of 300+ applicants to join the 3rd Cohort of Innovation Lab Targeting Multicultural and Women Founders at Morgan Stanley. As part of the program, BLUEWAVE will receive a $200,000 investment, 6 months of premier office space, and unparalleled access to experts and investors.

“This program has seen tremendous success over the past two years, and I am looking forward to helping this next group of founders accelerate their businesses and make significant strides in executing their strategies,” said Carla Harris, Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley and Head of the Multicultural Client Strategy Group. To learn more click here.

Blended Designs Featured on Action News Jax

"It's more than just images on a backpack": Mom celebrates Brown v. Board of Education

Action News Jax reporter Courtney Cole spoke to a mom and local entrepreneur who's found a creative and fashionable way to commemorate the decision and make sure history is not forgotten.

"A lot of people think, 'That's so long ago. That happened way back then. That was 65 years ago,’" said Casey Kelly.

But Kelly said the decision made by the U.S. Supreme Court on May 17, 1954, to desegregate American public schools is still relevant now. Kelly hopes her backpacks continue to park conversation about the Supreme Court decision and the continuing effort to improve education for all, moving forward.

“The backpacks themselves are about education. It's about opportunity. And just like they desegregated schools, we're desegregating the back-to-school category,” said Kelly.

Thousands of students and adults have purchased the backpacks. That's 25,000 backpacks, in 48 states and 12 countries, all with one mission: to empower students. To see the full segment click here.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Brandon Stallings, SmartBox CEO

U.S. Small Business Administration awarded SmartBox Founder and CEO, Brandon Stallings, “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Small Business Week Celebration on Friday at the University of North Florida.

Brandon Stallings, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Brandon Stallings, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Stallings became interested in business at an early age and started SmartBox during his college years at Florida State University. SmartBox began as a healthy vending machine company and started in Stallings’ dorm room with his roommates being the first part-time employees. Since then, SmartBox has grown substantially, this year the company is on track to exceed One Million Dollars in annual revenue. Read the full press release by clicking here.

Peer to Peer with Tony Cusato

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Today PS27 Senior Advisor Tony Cusato presented a Peer to Peer workshop on the proper way to hire, fire, retain and grow a new team. Operations managers and HR team leads joined the founders for the discussion. To connect with Tony Cusato click here.

PS27 Ventures at Coalesce Jacksonville

Hosted by the UNF Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Coalesce Jacksonville intends to catalyze the unification of Jacksonville's entrepreneurial ecosystem. The PS27 Ventures team presented at the event to discuss information on our venture capital model, leadership training, and focus on female founders.

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Rise of the Rest with AOL Co-Founder, Steve Case

Rise of the Rest Orlando Pitch Competition Winner AireHealth

Rise of the Rest Orlando Pitch Competition Winner AireHealth

PS27 Ventures Associate, Brandon Gouthro, recently traveled to Orlando for Rise of the Rest Tour with AOL CEO, Steve Case. Rise Of The Rest Tour Hits Florida, Celebrating Tech Ecosystems Outside Silicon Valley.

Jim Stallings, PS27 Ventrues CEO, was quoted in an article by Moguldom about the event below.

Jacksonville venture capitalist and startup leader Jim Stallings will be attending the Orlando tour stop. The founder of PS27 Ventures, Stallings said the Rise of the Rest tour puts Florida’s startup ecosystem on the map.

“I think it’s great for Florida and Orlando,” Stallings said. “It demonstrates Florida is on the national map and proves the I-4 tech corridor centered around UCF, USF in health and biotech are key industries for growth and investment. This is not only an affordable place to live but a great place to start a big company, raise capital and attract tech talent. We have known this. This is why we chose to locate PS27 in Florida and started years ago investing in startups.” To read the full article click here.

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PS27 Leadership Week: The Best Startup Training in the Country is Now Open for Applications

Via. Jax Chamber Member News

PS27 Leadership Week

PS27 Leadership Week is now seeking startup founders and their teams to apply to their premier program helping startups become CEOs. Leadership Week takes place November 4th - 7th, 2019 in Jacksonville, Fl. The exclusive 4-day program includes leadership training from subject matter experts, an expenses paid program when you receive a scholarship, 5 night hotel stay, all meals, and program materials.

“This is an intense, weeklong workshop lasting roughly 12 hours a day, for entrepreneurs, founders and owners to step up, stay open minded, and learn something,” said Alex Hatala, 2018 PS27 Leadership Week participant.

The ideal attendee…

The ideal attendee is a founder with 2 or 3 people on their team, a defined product or service, and is generating revenue. During PS27 Leadership Week, founders learn how to better communicate to their team, customers, investors and their community. They also learn how to accelerate the growth of their business.

Real investors and a $10K cash prize…

Startups will be given the opportunity to pitch real investors and win a $10K cash prize at the end of the week. Leadership Week does not end at after 4 days; only the classes do. PS27 continues to give advice and encourage leadership as long as a startup may need - so do the the network of Leadership Week graduates. Learn more about PS27 Leadership Week and apply visit https://www.ps27ventures.com/leadershipweek

Resources Women Entrepreneurs Need

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Jacksonville Women’s Business Center

Today we sat down with Ellen Sullivan, Director at the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, to learn a little more about the services that they provide to female founders and the community. At PS27 we believe in having a continual growth mindset and encourage founders to take advantage of the educational resources in North East Florida.

Jacksonville Women’s Business Center Programs

Located in Downtown Jacksonville, at the Jax Chamber, the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center is an organization that helps women business owners. Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration the JWBC provides mentoring, workshops, events, and volunteer programs. Entrepreneurs can take advantage of the programs listed below by visiting the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center website.

Customer Development

The Customer Development program teaches business owners the practice of gaining customer insights to generate, test, and optimize ideas for products and services that provide the value that customers seek. This class can help entrepreneurs when developing a customer profile.

Financial Matters

Founders, we cannot stress the value of financials. Financial Matters workshop intensive will provide an in-depth financial education to women business owners that will streamline their business infrastructure, improve profitability, and facilitate growth. This class connects women business owners with accountants and financial experts in a workshop learning intensive on the financial aspects of business ownership. 

Marketing Matters

When developing a pitch deck it is important to consider your marketing strategy. Brand development, marketing strategy, public relations, website development, social media, and much more are covered as participants are guided through the development of an immediately executable marketing plan unique to their projected business goals.

15 Years of Helping Women Grow

Founded in 2004 – JWBC has helped more than nine thousand women business owners reach success. JWBC is hosting a celebration on May 18th at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – home of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. Tickets are $15 and include a cookout and (birthday cake!) prior to the Jumbo Shrimp game.  Celebrate fifteen years of making small business dreams come true – while looking ahead to the next fifteen years of innovative ideas. To learn more about the programs and events at JWBC click here.

Peer to Peer with Coppola PR

Today, PS27 Founders met with Maria Cappola, APR, CPRC to talk about Public Relations and Crisis Prep. Coppola is an accredited and certified public relations consultant with more than 20 years of agency PR consulting experience coupled with eight years of journalism experience and education.

Coppola PR currently represents small and large companies with headquarters in North Florida. Coppola PR has business communications and PR experience in finance and banking, real estate investment and management, commercial construction and development, technology, retail and higher education.