Tampa Bay to host 4th ‘Startup Weekend’ in June; will connect local entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts

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Startup Weekend Tampa Bay will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources at its 4th event to be held at USF St. Pete. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees will share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Here’s how it works: Attendees will arrive at USF St. Pete on Friday June 7 to kick off the event with idea pitches, voting and team building. Startup veterans and mentors will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in this fast-paced world of business while the teams work to build their business ideas. On Sunday evening the teams will pitch their business to a panel of judges. Our judges are made up of some of the areas most knowledgeable individuals.

Startup Weekend Tampa Bay is organized locally by Susie Steiner, Kim Randall and Ryan Sullivan as well as Michael LaPlante and Reuben Pressman, the newest members of the Startup Weekend Tampa Bay organizing team.

Reuben Pressman is a purpose driven visionary and a compulsive problem solver with an unlimited supply of energy for learning, and having fun! He is the Founder and CEO of the startup, Check I’m Here and founder of Reuben and Hunter, a web design, development and branding company.

Michael LaPlante is a web developer who currently works for Wolters Kluwer Law and Business. He is actively involved in the Tampa Bay startup community helping with events and meetups within the area. Michael moved to Tampa 3 years ago and has since hit the ground running trying to involve himself to help make Tampa Bay the best it can be!

Startup Weekend Tampa Bay will be June 7-9 at USF St. Pete. Those interested in attending may purchase their tickets online at www.swtampa0613.eventbrite.com

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.