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Introducing the ​BUILDBOLD Pre Accelerator Program​, North Florida’s premier entrepreneurial program for individuals who want to launch high growth potential startups. BUILDBOLD is an ELEV8 Ventures program for entrepreneurs born from the team that brings North Floridians Techstars Startup Weekend presented by Google for Startups ​(a 54 hour experience and ELEV8 program that allows participants to build and launch a startup in one weekend.) The BUILDBOLD program is designed to launch your big ideas and take them to the next level.

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North Florida's premier pre-accelerator entrepreneurial program

Introducing the ​BUILDBOLD Pre Accelerator Program​, North Florida’s premier entrepreneurial program for individuals who want to launch high growth potential startups. BUILDBOLD is an ELEV8 Ventures program for entrepreneurs born from the team that brings North Floridians Techstars Startup Weekend presented by Google for Startups ​(a 54 hour experience and ELEV8 program that allows participants to build and launch a startup in one weekend.) The BUILDBOLD program is designed to launch your big ideas and take them to the next level.

ELEV8 is an entrepreneurial community where startups of all sizes come to build, launch, grow and create the future.​ We partner with tech giants like Google, Hubspot, Techstars and more to support diverse entrepreneurs. We provide mentorship, resources and access to capital to help guide startups from idea to launch, and from launch through their appropriate growth stages. ELEV8 is dedicated to strengthening the local and regional startup ecosystem through premier entrepreneurial programs and world class support.

Key Program Takeaways

Mentorship - Gain valuable information and feedback from ELEV8 mentors and advisors on a regular basis.

Exposure - Give participants the opportunity to advance their company by tapping into ELEV8 Ventures extensive network both locally and the networks of our partners including Google, Hubspot, Techstars & more.

Validation - Help participants find product market fit through a series of instructor led ELEV8 Lesson Labs by experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Applications are now open for the program and the amount of participants will be initially limited. The program will be made available for ​100% virtual/remote participation in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Leads

Kamni Gupta
Kamni GuptaFounder Idiya Consulting
Kevin Fincel is a digital entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in conceptualizing internet marketing strategies and digital content solutions for various brands and online businesses. More than just a digital marketer, he is a valuable consultant to any business wishing to build or improve their digital footprint. Kevin and his wife Melissa, live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Jon May
Jon MayMarketer @ Google, Founder Dax Digital,
Leadership is having a healthy disregard for the impossible and leading creatives is having sadistic desire to herd cats. Jon has worked in digital advertising at Google advising brands including: Hertz, Lenovo, Squarespace and Tasty as well as the breakout game ”What Do You Meme” on how to reach more customers from underrepresented groups on digital platforms. Managing over $15M in digital spend quarterly

Jon has been working in advertising since and marketing since he obtained an internship at Liquid Soul his freshman year of college. In his junior year he started his own agency and even though it failed, it remains the inspiration for Momentum today.

Jose Martins
Jose MartinsHubspot for Startups. North America
I lead HubSpot partnerships with Accelerators, Incubators, and VCs to enable accelerated growth for the startups in their portfolio. If you're a startup or support startups in the USA or Canada we should connect.
HubSpot for Startups is designed specifically for startups that need tools, strategy & support for growth that's both fast and scalable. From day one, customer acquisition and customer retention has never been easier than with HubSpot for Startups.
Tery Spataro
Tery SpataroEntrepreneur | Research & Insights
Tery Spataro is known for providing businesses with human-centric research to understand pain points and needs to
transform and innovate business, brand and products. Tery is no stranger to solving wicked problems, shifting
mindsets and kaleidoscopic landscapes; she is a first-generation digital technology innovator. She helps businesses,
brands, enterprise companies, and entrepreneurs through a design thinking approach that brings together
stakeholders and consumers, to solve problems and discover groundbreaking ideas. Some of these ideas improved
the lives of bank customers, shoppers, people with a life-threatening disorder, caregivers, elders, lifestyle
enthusiasts, enterprise customers, and non-profit donors.
Kevin Fincel
Kevin FincelFounder Fincel Design, Co Founder ELEV8 Ventures
Kevin Fincel is a digital entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience in conceptualizing internet marketing strategies and digital content solutions for various brands and online businesses. More than just a digital marketer, he is a valuable consultant to any business wishing to build or improve their digital footprint. Kevin and his wife Melissa, live in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Tunji Fadiora
Tunji FadioraCo Founder & President ELEV8 Ventures
Tunji Fadiora is Founder & President of ELEV8 Ventures a startup community and platform for underserved entrepreneurs that partners with some of the largest tech companies in the world and world class startup programs in an effort to strengthen our regional startup ecosystem as well as empower underserved entrepreneurs nationwide.

In 2014 Tunji founded Creative Culture Media. Tunji Currently serves as the Community Leader & Lead Organizer for Techstars Startup Weekend Jacksonville, Florida. In 2020 Tunji was selected for the second class of HBCU VC 31 Under 31: The Future of Venture Capital, a list of diverse talented leaders changing the culture of innovation in 2020.

Program Structure

8 Instructor Led Interactive Workshops

5 Virtual Modules

3 Virtual "All Hands On Deck" Group Video Sessions

1 Self Study Book

Educational Materials Via Hubspot For Startups

Mobile App Micro Lessons Via Google Primer App

100+ Resource Library

One On One Mentorship Sessions

"Demo Day" With Investors, Entrepreneurs & Experts

Moving forward we will be implementing rolling admissions throughout the year, The program is structured to be completed on average within four months. However, participants are welcome to complete at their desired pace.

Program Curriculum

In addition to our standard program curriculum we tailor materials, consultations and mentorship sessions to meet the individual needs of participants. Below is our standard tentative BUILDBOLD program outline.

Program Curriculum

Comprehensive entrepreneurial education for North Florida's Fearless Founders

Module 1: How to effectively research the market & industry

Module 2: The heart of marketing: Storytelling

Module 3: Launch with confidence - Legal advice for startups

Module 4: How to speak to an audience

Module 5: Founder/Co-Founder best practices

Module 6: Building products that your users love & why that matters to investors

Module 7: Building an investable product/service (High Growth Potential)

Module 8: Building products & services - The Reality vs. Vision

Module 9: Finding market fit

Module 10: Product design and prototyping