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By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech Doubles in Size, Announces Board for 2018 – 2019

Palm Beach Tech Doubles in Size, Announces 2018 – 2019 Board

Cam Collins & David Bates to Continue Co-Chairing Board of Directors

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Palm Beach Tech Association has announced its new Board of Directors for 2018-2019, which will continue to be led by Co-Chairs Cam Collins (Dockmaster Software) & David Bates (Gunster).

“Palm Beach Tech has achieved more in the last three years then anyone could’ve imagined, and I’m proud to say we have quite a lot in store for this year,” said David Bates, Chair of the Technology and Entrepreneurial Practice Group at Gunster.

The nonprofit organization grew from 75 members in July 2017, to 158 members in July 2018. They doubled both in revenue and staff size, while counting both NextEra Energy & Office Depot as active members, both of Palm Beach County’s Fortune 500 Companies.

“Palm Beach Tech’s success is not about numbers, its about bringing people together and building our community,” said Executive Director Joe Russo. “Most importantly we’ve built strong working relationships toward building our talent pool with Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, and the Palm Beach County School District.”

New additions to the Board include Andy Parry (Office Depot), Kevin Scott (PGA of America), and Cristina Escalante (The SilverLogic), Chris Craft (ScriptSender), Sarah Lucas (New World Angels). Officers include Adam Steinhoff (Dedicated IT) as Vice Chair, Audrey Hammonds (Microsoft) as Secretary, and Paul Vedder (VXIT) as Treasurer.

Click Here to See our Board of Directors

Ex-Officio Board Members representing education and economic partners include Dean Stella Batalama (Florida Atlantic University), Dean Kimberly Allen (Palm Beach State College), Kate Arrizza (South Florida Science Center), Rhys Williams (FAU Tech Runway), Andrew Duffell (Research Park at FAU), and Shawn Rowan (Business Development Board).

Founded in July 2015, the Palm Beach Tech Association now has 158 Corporate Members in the fields of Software Development, Digital Media, Information Technology, and Engineering. They also founded the Palm Beach Tech Space, a 3,500 square foot coworking space in downtown West Palm Beach, thanks to a grant from the James S. & John L. Knight Foundation.


DROPBOX: (Link Here) Association Logo, Space Logo, Headshots, and Stock Photos.

The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit membership association established in 2015, building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub. Members include Office Depot, Levatas, Florida Power & Light, Digital Resource, PGA for America, ScriptSender, and Dedicated IT. For more, visit

By Danielle Casey

Junior Achievement, Palm Beach Tech, and Partner

Junior Achievement, Palm Beach Tech, and Partner

Groups to provide JA Job Shadow Program and Internships to Students


Contact: Bob Cawood | 561.242.9468 |

West Palm Beach, Fla.Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast (JAPBTC) has formally partnered with and the Palm Beach Tech Association to expand their JA Job Shadow program.

JA Job Shadow encourages entrepreneurs and business owners to commit their time, share stories of their entrepreneurial journey, and open the eyes of high school students to future opportunities. This gives local students opportunities to experience office life, participate in internships, as well as advice and next steps for students to make the most beneficial choices for their future.

In 2018, the JA Job Shadow program was hosted by West Palm Beach based and the Palm Beach Tech Association, and resulted in students receiving employment and internships.

Palm Beach Tech hosted the program at their downtown co-working space, educating high school students on the principles of technology entrepreneurship, and helping them develop startup ideas of their own. Palm Beach Tech has since hired two of those students as summer interns. decided not only to offer the program again to the students, but to also sponsor it. The staff will spend time mentoring the students, educating in soft skills, and introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities in the field. They also plan to offer internships to the students who are interested and qualify.

“Junior Achievement is asking all local businesses, big or small, to open their doors and allow local students to see the endless possible career paths our County has to offer,” said Bob Cawood, JAPBTC’s Business Development Manager. “Our vision is to help build a better Palm Beach County by keeping our students local after they graduate.”

Those interested in offering or sponsoring the JA Job Shadow program to local students can visit or contact (561) 242-9468.


About Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast (JA): Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast (JA) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on preparing young people to succeed in a global economy through programs that center on work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

About Palm Beach Tech:  The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub.

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By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech building Mentor Network

Palm Beach Tech building Mentor Network


Meet UNION, the software behind our new mentor network!

First developed by the 1776 Accelerator in Washington DC, it’s now used by organizations as local as the regional Tampa Bay Wave, and as large as the global 500 Startups.

Led by our intern Brandon Cohen, Palm Beach Tech will be formally adopting this program and scaling it in the Fall to benefit our entire community.



How it works?

Founders face some pretty difficult questions. How do they get access to resources they need to start, grow, or scale their companies? And, who should they turn to for advice & expertise?       

Our goal? Become the primary outlet for founders that fosters both mentorship & company growth. By utilizing UNION, we can help finally bridge the gap between connecting relevant mentors & mentees here in our community.

Mentors have the ability to create recurring office hours, create personalized curriculums, and connect with local founders either in person or virtually.

What are the benefits?

UNION allows us to provide a accessible pool of mentors for local founders, .

Mentees will have the opportunity to learn one-on-one (in person or virtually) from successful entrepreneurs who’ve built companies in the Palm Beaches, getting advice on business plans, team building, marketing, raising capital, and more.

We will utilize metric tracking (KPIs) to identify every minute of mentorship. This will allow us to identify company growth and measure consistent progress.

Why Mentor?

Mentors have the opportunity to provide invaluable advice to others, many facing the same hurdles faced by others at one point or another. All in all, helping others is a great way to support your community.

We’re on the lookout for the best and brightest entrepreneurs, technologists, and business executives in the Palm Beaches.

If you’re interested in mentoring, Click Here to Apply!

By Vanessa Calas

Introducing the New Palm Beach Tech Speakers Bureau

Introducing the New Palm Beach Tech Speakers Bureau

We’re excited to announce the launching of our new Speakers Bureau program for the Palm Beach community!

We at Palm Beach Tech decided to launch the Speakers Bureau to better educate our community about the booming tech industry, and it’s exponential growth.

This program links different professionals from a variety of industries to speak to classrooms, businesses, clubs, and community organizations. Our goal is to provide speakers to teach, share, and spark a conversation.

About the Speakers Bureau

Speakers Bureau is our new initiative in conjunction with our partners Junior Achievement and the School District of Palm Beach County.

Through the Speakers Bureau, Palm Beach Tech finds and pairs speakers in tech and business with organizations, classrooms, and groups.

We’re especially proud to have have entrepreneurs, coders and tech wizards available able to speak about how to utilize and implement tech in business.

For classrooms,  they inspire and excite students, sharing with them the infinite number of jobs you can have — and create.

Why a Speakers Bureau?

The Speakers Bureau gathers our community around a single uniting factor: learning.

You can submit a request for a speaker online. You can request speakers for your group from different industries or with knowledge in different topics. From there, our staff goes through to identify the best speaker for your event.

You can be a teacher, civic leader, or anyone with an audience; we welcome all to send in requests. Each speaker aims to provide quality knowledge, valuable insights, and even a bit of fun!

Moving our community forward

The Speakers Bureau will allow Palm Beach Tech to bring our industry’s talent to our community. Our organization is a part of Palm Beach County, and we want to help further connect the community around us.

Whether speaking in classrooms to empower the youth or with community organizations who want to grow their understanding, we welcome all to learn about technology.

Are you interested in having a speaker talk to your group? Click here to learn more and request your speaker.

By Joe Russo

Wyncode & Palm Beach Tech Partner on new Coding Bootcamp

Wyncode Academy and The Palm Beach Tech Association are partnering to bring the first of its kind Part Time Coding Bootcamp to Palm Beach County.

“We’re excited to bring Wyncode Academy’s world-class education program to the Palm Beaches,” said Joe Russo, Executive Director of Palm Beach Tech. “We’re focused on building a sustainable talent pipeline for our tech companies, and with Wyncode we’re doing just that.

The part time Front End Web Development course, focused on HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, will be offered in the evenings at two locations in West Palm Beach & Boca Raton.

Students will learn to build front-end web applications using the latest web development technologies. The course requires no previous coding experience, taking students from zero to front-end developer using JavaScript and the React library in just twelve weeks.

“We’re proud to stand with Palm Beach Tech in supporting South Florida’s flourishing tech industry,” said Tim Reen, Wyncode’s Head of Product Development.

The courses will take place at Palm Beach Tech Space  (313 Datura Street #100, West Palm Beach) and Lynn University (3601 N Military Trail, Boca Raton).

The Palm Beach Tech location will be led by Jeremy Lawson, who has over fifteen years of experience in the industry as a developer, instructor, and more. The Lynn University location will be led by Andrea Bailey who has over ten years of experience as a talented front end engineer and instructor.

The course will begin at both locations on Monday, June 25th and take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM for twelve weeks. The technologies and frameworks covered will include JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Git, ReactJS and JQuery.

Palm Beach Tech will be hosting an introduction  workshop  for those interested in the program:

Tuition is $4,000, with financing options for individuals available through Climb and workforce development grants available for companies through CareerSource Florida.

For more information or to register please email



Wyncode Academy is the premier accelerated learning destination in South Florida. Wyncode currently offers in-person courses for Full Stack Web Development, User Experience & User Interface (UX/UI) Design, Front End Web Development, and Digital Marketing in Wynwood, Miami, Florida in addition to the two new Front End Web Development courses in Palm Beach.  

Wyncode also has the ability to create custom cohorts and corporate training programs. Wyncode’s newest venture, Wyntalent, is a consulting service for mid and senior level dev talent. Wyncode’s network reaches far and wide with over 500 alumni and more than 220 hiring partners including CareCloud, Watsco Ventures, and KIPU Systems among many others. Wyncode’s full stack web development course is independently audited by MBAF and in 2016 had a 91% job placement rate within 120+ days of graduating, 93% of whom obtained a technical role.


The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit 501(c)6 membership association uniting and Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub.

As a countywide trade association, Palm Beach Tech promotes industry growth by working with business groups, educational institutions, and government entities to support the goals of member companies. The core focus is fixed on producing long-term economic impact by attracting new business, supporting startups, and building the talent pool. With a scope of services that meets the needs of a wide range of industry professionals, from corporate CEO’s to freelancers, Palm Beach Tech believes in fostering the industry through a unified and holistic approach.

By Joe Russo

Russo: Palm Beach Tech will adopt Code of Ethics

The Palm Beach Association represents the very best of talent and innovation in the Palm Beaches.

Each day, I lead a full time staff of two wonderful ladies (Stephanie & Tyler), in addition to a team of talented interns each semester. These people reinforce my faith in the future, but remind me that we always need to be doing more.

In 2016, one of our community members came to me and said, “I’m going to do a meetup of women before the Palm Beach Tech Meetup so no one feels like they’re going alone.”

That took me a little aback, for as much as we promote inclusiveness and positivity throughout our organization, we must constantly engage and work to include others in all of our activities.

Recently, an organization similar to Palm Beach Tech was closed down in another state after its leader resigned in response to their misconduct. This has more than ever brought to light our responsibility as leaders to promote the highest standard of character.

I’ve asked our staff and Board of Directors to immediately draft and adopt a Palm Beach Tech Code of Ethics. We must acknowledge that we have a greater duty to assure everyone feels welcome, safe, and at home within our community.

This document will be applied to our organization, our members, and to every person we work with. It will serve as a zero-tolerance policy, outlining our intent to work only with those who value others, no matter their gender, sexual orientation, race, or beliefs.

Additionally, we will call on other technology, innovation, and startup organizations throughout Florida and our country to follow suit. As the gender and ethnic gaps in our industry’s workforce are behind national norms, the actions of some beneath our moral capacity. It’s our duty to lead this change.

We are the embodiment of the future we envision – lets make it one we’re proud of.

By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech hires Nancy Dahlberg as Contributing Writer

Palm Beach Tech is proud to announce Nancy Dahlberg will be joining our team as a Contributing Writer.

Nancy has been a professional journalist since 1981, when she graduated the University of Florida, spending most of her career with the esteemed Miami Herald.

“I love to tell the stories of entrepreneurs and I’m looking forward to getting to know and writing about Palm Beach County’s vibrant tech community and its players,” said Nancy Dahlberg.

For the past six years, Nancy has built up the Starting Gate Blog for the Miami Herald, featuring hundreds of South Florida’s entrepreneurs, startups, and investors. For the past 9 years, she’s also coordinated the Herald’s annual Business Plan Challenge.

In her new role, Nancy will oversee Palm Beach Tech‘s written content, focusing on a weekly column highlighting successful tech & innovation companies in the Palm Beaches.

“We’re ecstatic to have Florida’s most accomplished & respected technology journalist joining our team,” said Joe Russo, Executive Director of Palm Beach Tech. “Nancy shares our passion for entrepreneurship, and we’re honored that she’ll be sharing that with us.”

By Joe Russo

Announcing our 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Palm Beach Tech Association’s Board of Directors and Public Policy Committee are pleased to announce our 2018 Legislative Priorities!

As the Florida Legislative Session begins, we ask our industry, members, and community to support these pivotal projects. You can do so my contacting your legislators by email or phone toexpress your support, as each of these will positively impact the Palm Beach County technology industry:

The 2018 Florida Legislative Session convenes on January 9th in Tallahassee and lasts for 60 calendar days. Click Here to download PDF Version of these priorities to share.


2018 Legislative Priorities

HB 2855  – Palm Beach State College – Coding & Cognitive Technologies Program | Request: $250,000

This turnkey-ready program would align with the industry and be directly transferrable. Potential areas included in the curriculum are Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Predictive Analysis, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, etc. It will appeal to those with and without degrees, is STEM focused, and will remain flexible by providing a marketable skillset through credentials with the opportunity to lead to a degree. PBSC has agreed to a $250,000 match, which includes funding for software license fees, computer lab materials, wiring and network server expenses. The total cost to establish the program is $500,000.


HB 2365  – Florida Atlantic University Tech Runway | Request: $3,000,000

Tech Runway is based on best practices developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University, and combines the resources of FAU with the local business community to create an ecosystem that is conducive to the development of successful technology startups. Since its inception in 2014, Tech Runway has launched 29 startup companies, which collectively have raised $17.976 million in capital and created more than 239 jobs.


SB 180 – Computer Coding Instruction

Authorizing, but not requiring, high schools to offer students opportunities to take specified computer coding courses beginning with a specified school year; requiring the Commissioner of Education to identify such courses that satisfy two credits of sequential foreign language instruction under certain circumstances; requiring each student and his or her parent to sign a specified statement, etc.

By Joe Russo

New Year, New Perks: Introducing Our New Councils

It’s a new year, and as we head into 2018, Palm Beach Tech’s Team is ready to bring forward new opportunities for our members; membership councils.

Starting this month, we’re introducing a new format for our membership councils: namely the Startup Council and the CIO Council.

Introducing Member Councils

“These councils will provide new value for members in the form of exclusive opportunities to meet like-minded individuals, network with other member businesses, and discuss common interest,” said CIO Council Frank Barbato, who’s also the President of Third Wave Technologies

The new format for councils is a departure from the prior council format. Palm Beach Tech already has a Startup Council, for example, but in its previous format it functioned as a task force discussing potential opportunities & initiatives for Palm Beach Tech.

The new purpose of the Startup and CIO Councils is to adopt a roundtable format, where members will be able to meet, discuss issues, brainstorm ideas, and influence Palm Beach Tech’s strategies for the future.  All this in an environment that is more intimate than monthly meetups.

Bringing new value to Palm Beach Tech Members

“We want to offer a new, more personal setting for our members to interact with each other. This is the driving force between the new councils — to better engage members, together,” said Executive Director Joe Russo

The members of each council will be able to suggest speakers they would like to see at each meeting. These speakers will include industry and company leaders, who can provide insight for both individual members and their companies. Each meeting will have a speaker, but the council meetings will be interactive discussions and not a speaker series, as the monthly meetups are.

Getting involved and next steps

The first council meetings will take place in January, and are recurring monthly.

  • CIO Council: First meeting will be January 9 and feature Alex Rudloff, former chief digital strategist of TEDx & Vice President at AOLIf interested, contact Chair Frank Barbato
  • Startup Council: First meeting will be January 11 and feature Alex Furmansky, founder of Budsies and a participant on Shark Tank. If Interested, contact Chair Daniel Lofaso

Council Membership will be by invitation and referral, and is only available to Palm Beach Tech members. If you’re interested in becoming a member or have any questions, be sure to visit

By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech Hires 1, Promotes 2 Staff Members

The Palm Beach Tech Association announced its hiring of Tyler Tornaben (Community Manager), and the promotions of Stephanie Buzano (Communications Manager) and Kellie Ames (Community Coordinator).

“I’m proud that we’ve assembled such a talented and passionate team, dedicated to our mission of building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub,” said Palm Beach Tech’s Executive Director Joe Russo.

This staff team will oversee the day-to-day operations of Palm Beach Tech, including all of its programs and initiatives.

“Our Board is laser focused on building a strong, sustainable organization to fulfill our mission and this team will take us there,” said Palm Beach Tech Board Co-Chair Cam Collins

Tyler Tornaben | Community Manager

Tyler is a native South Floridian, formerly of the international coworking company Impact Hub, and now Palm Beach Tech‘s new Community Manager! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

She has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths College of London and researched Microfinance and Reverse Innovation at the Yunus Social Business Center in Florence, Italy.

When she’s not with Palm Beach Tech, Tyler dedicates herself to her own startup; Snapgood. For fun, she enjoys cooking, traveling, Italian neorealism, going to the beach and researching puppies to adopt.


Stephanie Buzano | Communications Manager

Stephanie has risen from Hackathon participant, Web Development Intern, to her recent full time promotion as Communications Manager! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

  • Palm Beach Tech Website
  • Email Communications
  • Member Services

Stephanie holds a BS in International Business from Florida International University. She has spent the past year learning how to code on Free Code Camp, with her ultimate goal of being a front end developer.

When not working, Stephanie watches Manchester United games, goes to yoga, and plans her next travel destination.


Kellie Ames | Community Coordinator

Kellie joined Palm Beach Tech as a Digital Media Intern and now serves as Community Coordinator! She oversees PBT’s following programs:

Kellie earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Miami. For the past year, Kellie has also developed her own eCommerce company Mantra Active, an e-boutique, bringing you the trendiest, newest designers in activewear and athleisure wear.

In her free time, Kellie spends time with puppy Kade, traveling with her husband Scott, exercising, and boating.

By Joe Russo

Pitch Competition to feature 8 Local Startups

Palm Beach Tech is proud to announce the eight (8) Palm Beach Startups to participate in the Inaugural Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition!

The 7 preselected startups come from throughout Palm Beach County, from Jupiter to Boca Raton. The companies include mobile apps, augmented reality (AR), internet of things (IOT), and online platforms. The founders themselves are experienced, diverse, and skilled in a variety of disciplines.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov 15 @ 6:00pm

WHERE: West Palm Beach Lake Pavilion




All prizes are services based, wth applied values by the offering companies

By Joe Russo

Announcing the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition | $10k in Prizes

Palm Beach Tech hosting Startup Pitch Competition on November 15th

Join us on November 15th for an evening of live, venture judged pitch competition of 5 minute demos from emerging startups here in the Palm Beaches!

Apply to Pitch —> Click Here

PITCH | Palm Beach Tech is currently looking for up to eight (8) startups to pitch for $10,000 in services! Companies must be early stage and headquartered in Palm Beach County.

ATTEND | The Pitch Competition is free and open to everyone, especially entrepreneurs looking to raise funding, network with their peers, and anyone interested in expanding or opening a business.

SUPPORT | This event is part of Entrepreneur Week Palm Beach, a seven day showcase featuring cutting-edge technologies, disruptive startups and leading innovators across the Palm Beaches!

1st Place Prizes:

Pitch Competition will be held November 15th at 6 pm!


By Joe Russo

Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership

Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership

Cam Collins & David Bates to Co-Chair 2017-2018 Board of Directors

West Palm Beach, Fla. – The Palm Beach Tech Association has announced its new Board of Directors for its 2017-2018 organizational year, led by Co-Chairs Cam Collins & David Bates.

“Co-Chairing the Palm Beach Tech Association has special meaning for me as I grew up in West Palm Beach,” said Cam Collins, President of DockMaster Software, Inc. “When I graduated from the University of Florida, it was difficult to find technology positions here. Today, that’s changed considerably, with more opportunities and professionals interested in calling the Palm Beaches their home.”

“Palm Beach Tech has achieved more in the last two years then anyone could’ve imagined, and I’m proud to say we have quite a lot in store for this year,” said David Bates, Chair of the Technology and Entrepreneurial Practice Group at Gunster.

Bates is also a former Board Member of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, BioFlorida, South Florida Tech Alliance, and the former Chair of both the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association and Enterprise Development Corporation.

“Going into our third year, I’m proud to say we’ve assembled an unparalleled team of leaders to guide Palm Beach Tech to new heights,” said Executive Director Joe Russo.

Founded in July 2015, the Palm Beach Tech Association now has 127 Corporate Members representing $100’s on Million in economic impact to Palm Beach County. They also founded the Palm Beach Tech Space, a 3,500 square foot coworking space in downtown West Palm Beach, thanks to a generous grant by the James S. & John L. Knight Foundation.

The Palm Beach Tech Association will host its next Meetup, a joint event with the Broward-based South Florida Technology Alliance, on July 25, 2017 at FAU Tech Runway with AT&T Florida President Joe York.


DROPBOX: (Link Here) Logos, Headshots, and Stock Photos.

The Palm Beach Tech Association is a non-profit membership association established in 2015, building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub. Members include MyTaskit, Levatas, Florida Power & Light, Achieve, ScriptSender, and Dedicated IT. For more, visit

By Joe Russo

Celebrating Palm Beach Tech’s 2nd Birthday!

In 2012 I was first inspired by the idea of building a tech community; In 2013 Startup Weekend began my journey; on July 7th of 2015 Palm Beach Tech was officially founded; and today we celebrate our 2nd Birthday!

My story was simple… I wanted to build the Palm Beaches into a tech hub. At the time, we weren’t focused on the technology, startup, nor entrepreneurial capacities of Palm Beach County. Today, that’s different thanks to our efforts and the commitment of our community.

In the early days, it was me on a laptop at Subculture Coffee meeting with board members, startup founders, and technology executives. And I put a lot of miles on my Hyundai too.

In two years since, we’ve accomplished so much together:

Association: Today we count 2671 People & 127 Companies as members, with many beyond that involved in our programs.

Coworking: Developed a 3,500 square foot coworking space, thanks to the generous $150,000 in grants from the Knight Foundation, City of West Palm Beach, and Achieve.

Meetup: Had 1,787 attend 22 Meetups, with keynotes from PayPal, Uber, Magic Leap, TEDx, & 500 Startups, among many others.

Web Monday: Partnered with the oldest tech event in the Palm Beaches, working with Aaron Wormus (aguyonclematis) to bring monthly workshops downtown.

Mentor Day: Launched in 2017, our newest event has already matched 47 founders with 12 mentors once a month.

Team: With Brian Dapelo, Stephanie Buzano, and the best interns in the world, our awesome team has grown exponentially, while expanding our impact to the community.


We started with a crazy idea encapsulated into a 6 page plan researched with caffeine, and written by an eternal idealist. And Palm Beach Tech would be no where without you, our community!

So Happy 2nd Birthday all you crazy, brilliant, amazing people – and thanks for helping my dreams come true! I sure hope I’ve helped you along the way.

In Service,


By Vanessa Calas

Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs

Palm Beach Tech strives to create a welcoming and collaborative environment for tech industry startups and freelancers throughout the Palm Beach area. Our members enjoy a wide variety of benefits from coworking spaces to special networking events.

We are particularly proud to offer our members access to Mentor Day, bringing together local entrepreneurs and industry professionals on the first Friday of every month. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business planning, software development, growth strategy, branding, legal, and more.

To see a full list of our mentors and learn how to apply to Mentor Day, visit our site.

Make Connections

Mentor Day is an excellent way to network with successful professionals. Many of our community members have benefited from connections made through our program. John Calloway, founder of Halo Technologies, a local 3D printing company, started by working with some of our mentors.

Dan Condro worked closely with mentor Robert Wells, CEO of Allocable, on his way to building Blyz, a high-quality laundry service. Wells guided Condro in making local connections and meeting potential investors.

Sometimes the real key to success is meeting the right people along the way, and Mentor Day facilitates these connections.


Business Planning Guidance

A successful business is more than just a good idea. Visionaries who dream of founding their own organizations must first learn how to structure those organizations for success. That means developing a business model that sells and learning the nuts & bolts of business management.  

Wells and Clay Williams, CEO of Achieve Agency, have both worked closely with members of our community on business planning, leadership, and developing effective growth strategies. Clay advised Dan Condro on planning his business, and provided him feedback on his investor pitch deck. Wells worked with John Calloway on his company structure and even guided him in pivoting his company’s business model for a more ideal focus. Even Eddie Garcia,  Founder & CEO of Vivid Arts, credits Mentor Day with providing valuable feedback on bringing his app to market.


Financials and Legal

Dan Condro had what he described as a “very insightful meeting about fundraising” with Robert Wells. As we mentioned above, Robert guided Dan in identifying and appealing to investors as well as identifying other funding opportunities. Eddie of Vivid Arts also found the financial and legal advice offered through Mentor Day helpful after working with Matt Kissner, Associate Attorney with Broad & Cassel, on protecting is company and developing equity packages for employees.

With legal and financial professionals available, Mentor Day provides a well-rounded approach to analyzing and improving new businesses.


Building Your Business

What do John Calloway, Dan Condro, and Eddie Garcia all have in common? For one thing, they have businesses that work. What’s more, those businesses have seen success in part thanks to the resources provided by Mentor Day.

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Palm Beach Tech Doubles in Size, Announces Board for 2018 – 2019
Junior Achievement, Palm Beach Tech, and Partner
Palm Beach Tech building Mentor Network
Introducing the New Palm Beach Tech Speakers Bureau
Wyncode & Palm Beach Tech Partner on new Coding Bootcamp
Russo: Palm Beach Tech will adopt Code of Ethics
Palm Beach Tech hires Nancy Dahlberg as Contributing Writer
Announcing our 2018 Legislative Priorities
New Year, New Perks: Introducing Our New Councils
Palm Beach Tech Hires 1, Promotes 2 Staff Members
Pitch Competition to feature 8 Local Startups
Announcing the Palm Beach Tech Pitch Competition | $10k in Prizes
Palm Beach Tech Appoints New Leadership
Celebrating Palm Beach Tech’s 2nd Birthday!
Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs