What Is Starter Studio?

Starter Studio provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow.

Our 4th class is now in session running August, September, and October with a Demo Day in early November. Please join our mailing list below to receive announcements about Starter Studio.

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Fourth Class Demo Day Videos

You can watch Demo Day pitches from each of our fourth class in the video above or on youtube here. On November 5th, 2015 ten of our startups took stage at the Cheyenne Saloon in front of 300+ people to highlight what they’ve accomplished, pitch their business, and show you why their startup will succeed. We’re extremely proud of the companies in our third class, and can’t wait to see them grow even more successful.

Starter Studio’s Fourth Class

The following starters are in our 4th class, which began on August 3, 2015.

AKQYS: The world’s only “web connected” smart luggage tracker with hidden cameras. When your luggage is lost, stolen, or tampered with, AKQYS protects you.

B-rollStock: The first solution on the modern market to get packaged, royalty-free b-roll stock footage. It’s a professional tool for the film-making community in need of high quality b-roll footage.

DIY.FUND: Built by Wall Street Veterans, DIY.FUND lets you simply understand and manage your investments for free.

HotSwitch: A mobile app where TV lovers can find today’s hottest shows and join fan communities in online watch parties.

HULA: Provides intelligent software helping research scientists leverage their efforts and build smarter experiments accelerating the pace of discovery.

KINO: A subscription based content provider that saves parents time and money by providing them the knowledge they need to make more informed decisions about youth sports training, equipment, and participation.

SavvySuit: Is a cloud-based case management software which assists law firms in optimizing the business of law.

SpaceSplit: SpaceSplit is an affordable, on-demand, item-based storage solution, offering convenient pick-up, delivery, and storage of your belongings.

Veehic: Provides a private-party-only marketplace for vehicles, that allows buyers and sellers to buy and sell vehicles safely and securely via escrow.

Zupp: A mobile app that provides you with instant access to what’s happening tonight in your city.

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What is a Starter?

In the book REWORK, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson discourage the use of the term “entrepreneur.”

“Everyone should be encouraged to start [their] own business, not just some rare breed that self-identifies as entrepreneurs.”

Instead they recommend the term “Starter” to describe anyone doing what they love on their own terms by starting a business in order to actualize a far-reaching, positive change.

What Is The Program?

We do the following to help our starter’s succeed:

  • Match Starters with experienced and successful mentors who will help strategically guide them. They have “walked the walk” and will provide insights by “talking the talk.”
  • Organize educational events relevant to Starters’ needs, taught by some of the best teachers and entrepreneurs in Florida.
  • Host Founder Talks, where successful entrepreneurs tell stories of their struggles and successes.
  • Host Investor Talks, where investors give you tips about how to win funding (if that’s something you’re into).
  • Supply 24/7 access to working space at our brand new location co-working space called Canvs in downtown Orlando.
  • Facilitate access to free legal and financial assistance.
  • Assist introductions to influential decision-makers in their industry.
  • Provide guidance and support for companies when they get stuck. We’ve all been there.
  • Serve all the coffee, espresso, sodas, and snacks you need with our beautiful open kitchen.
  • Showcase you at a Demo/Pitch day at the at the end of our program to get you some publicity.

Apply to Starter Studio

Who Should Apply?
Anyone who wants to take their company to the next level. You might have an idea, a prototype, or a product that needs some focus and guidance.

During our 3-month program we’ll be driving you towards a sellable product, so you’ll need to have people on your team capable of building your product. If you don’t have someone on your project that can develop or design it, you’ll need to solidify help before you apply.

We’re creating a collaborative environment, where all the teams will be encouraged to help each other. If you feel like you have “most” of what you need to create your product we hope you might apply to our next class, which will be starting August 2015. Teams who make the first cut will be interviewed in mid-June, and notified by July 1st so they can make arrangements to move in.

You will need to be available to work down at Canvs co-working space full time during the August, September, and October class.

What Does It Cost?
Nothing.  We will give you desk space, resources, amenities, and our time at no cost. We will also give you a single parking pass for your team. You may need to buy others if you have other teammates. We’ll let you know.

How Do I Apply?
Applications for our fourth class are now closed. If you’d like to be notified when we open applications for our next few classes, please make sure you’re on our mailing list (at the top of this page).

About Starter Studio

Who’s Behind This Crazy Idea?

Starter Studio was created by Gregg Pollack, founder of Envy Labs and Code School as a passion project to help tech startups in Orlando thrive.  For the fourth class Donna Mackenzie will be the Executive Director and Melissa Wasserman will be the Program Director.

How do I get involved?
We see the Starter Studio as a community effort, and we’d love to get your help.

  • Interested in supporting us as a Sponsor? If you want to support our activities, and help build more Startups here in Orlando we’d love to have you onboard as a sponsor. Contact gregg@StarterStudio.com.
  • Interested in becoming a Mentor? Drop us an email and we’ll add you to our mentor list. Mentor orientation will likely be sometime in January after our startups arrive for the third class.
  • Interested in helping teach? Do you have an area of expertise that might be valuable to Starters, or you’re a founder of a company and would like to share your experience? Get in touch.
  • Are you an investor? We would love to get in touch with more local investors in Orlando, not only to have you come speak to our startups, but also perhaps to match you up with ones who are looking for investment.


Why are you doing this?
We want to help build the tech Startup community here in Orlando. We’re excited about all the momentum building around the state with business accelerators such as the Tampa Bay WaVE, Venture Hive in Miami, and the UCF Blackstone LaunchPad.

How do I get in contact with you?
Inquiries should be emailed to Gregg Pollack.

Where is Starter Studio located?
Starter Studio’s fourth class will run inside Canvs, a new coworking space for tech startups in downtown Orlando.   You’ll be surrounded not only by your classmates, but by other small successful startups in Orlando.

Do I have to be at the Starter Studio every day if I get accepted to the program?
That’s the idea. We’re all about execution which means you need to be in the office for the entire three months. Obviously there are going to need to be small exceptions (life happens), but we’d need to keep that to a minimum.  If you have to keep your day job to work on your startup, you shouldn’t apply.