Entrepreneurs gather at IRSC for funding competition


Author: Shelley Owens
Publisher: TCPalm
Date: September 9, 2013

Change-agents of the local entrepreneurial economy gathered start-ups, mentors, incubator leaders and entrepreneurial wannabees together Thursday Sept. 5, to kick off the second annual Research Coast Business Plan Competition. The event, held at Indian River State College’s (IRSC) Wolf High Technology Center in Stuart, gave entrepreneurs a chance to learn about the area’s vast start-up support system and to get directions for submitting business plans for consideration by equity capitalists.

The top prize is $25,000, a year of legal and business assistance and access to a network of movers and shakers.

IRSC President Edwin Massey told those gathered that the college has three vibrant incubators for start-ups and a large bank of assets and talent ready to assist start-ups and small business. And the college has labs and high-tech equipment small businesses can use including a wave machine, a genetic sequencer, a 3D printer, photonics, advanced materials and nanotechnology labs, Massey said. “We can work a deal with you to keep you in business until you can afford to buy the equipment.” Read more here.