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Groundswell Grand Opening March 24th


Groundswell Startups (501c3) future headquarters are located at the riverfront Tech Village in Downtown Melbourne. Check out what many are calling, “the most impressive startup incubator in the State of Florida” this March 24th at 5PM.

The diverse team is made up of millennials, serial entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who are committed to attracting and retaining talent in Space Coast, FL. All resources and industry-expert mentorship are made available to high tech founders at no cost and the team upholds a policy of “no equity and no-strings” as part of its effort to strengthen a culture of entrepreneurship in the region. The team has helped nine early-stage companies secure angel investment in the past year. 

The grand opening, free and open to the public, will serve to acknowledge the more than 40 industry-expert mentors and 60 high tech founders whose hard work and grit help to attract wealth to the region.


4:30 PMOpen Groundswell Tours
5:30 PMIntroduction: S.J. and accompaniment
6:00 PM

Welcome: An Introduction to Radical Inclusion 

By Derek Gores

6:05 PM

Welcome: An introduction to Groundswell Startups 

By Jenna Buehler

6:10 PM

Introduction to the Mentor Network 

Moderator: Mark Mohler, co-founder at Groundswell

6:25 PM

Introduction to the Startup Network 

Moderator: Bud Deffebach, co-founder at Groundswell

6:40 PM

An introduction to startup communities and the future of venture capital investment 

Moderator: John Vecchio, co-founder at Groundswell





Local venture capitalist and philanthropist, Bud Deffebach, has renovated an indoor skatepark to serve as headquarters for emerging startups. While the graffiti will stay on the walls of the skatepark, the space now serves as office and coworking space to the more than 60 companies seeking to scale operations in Space Coast, FL.

The Space Coast Economic Development Commission will partner with Groundswell to host a monthly Moonshot Innovation Series in-partnership with Groundswell beginning this April 2017. The series will feature disruptive tech conversations and local entrepreneurs solving for major industry challenges.

This is a free, public event. Parking is available at Riverview Park in Melbourne, FL or 2405 S. Harbor City Blvd Melbourne, FL 32901.

Groundswell Website

Terri Wright has held the position of General Manager at WFIT since 1998.