Throughout the year, the HCC Innovation Sandbox offers a host of innovative and exciting events and programs designed to enrich entrepreneurial learning, provide opportunities for networking, and bridging HCC with the community.  



 UPCOMING EVENTS - Spring 2015










 Spring 2015 - TOOLBOX SERIES


DR. SARAS SARASVATHY (DARDEN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS).  A discussion about what makes an entrepreneur successful. Dr, Sarasvathy is a world renowned thought leader and researcher on the topic of the entrepreneurial mind and method.


 The "Kick Off" scheduled for Friday January 23rd has been cancelled because of a family emergency, we hope to reschedule this event at a later date. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.




 Event 2 "Entrepreneurial Storytelling" scheduled for Friday February 27th has been cancelled, we hope to reschedule this event at a later date. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.


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EVENT 1: FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  (10am-11:30AM)   BIGGEST BUSINESS FAILURES. Learn from a panel of experienced business leaders what failures they encountered, how they dealt with those challenges, and what lessons were learned. 

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EVENT 2: FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014:  (10am-11:30AM)   BUILDING A LIFESYLE BRAND. Branding a product or service is critical in business. There are many financial challenges associated with that process. Learn what a lifestyle brand is, why it is important, and how to go about building a lifestyle brand. Hosted by Tampa Bay Business Owners, Chris Krimitsos.


Community Guests:


Sheryl Nicholson, CSP-- As a People Productivity Expert ™ Sheryl focuses on the Power Skills to make a business successful—Increasing Sales, Presentation Skills, Communication Strategies, Goal Setting, Leadership Training, Team Building and Life Balance.


Jason Medley—President of, a company dedicated to helping brand new, as well as seasoned real estate investors, grow their businesses through a broad spectrum of educational training products, tools, and short term funding options for flip transactions. is the parent company for the “My Beginner’s Luck” brand which is specifically geared around providing a three step formula that helps the new investor to get their very first deal done.


Lou Greco—Greco Realty Corp--Since its inception over 27 years ago, Greco Realty Corp. has been a leader in the rehabilitation of single family homes in the greater Tampa Bay Area.


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EVENT 3: FRIDAY OCTOBER 24,  2014:  (10am-11:30AM)   STARTUPS ON A BUDGET.  Learn about what it is like to launch a new business idea. One of the hardest parts of pursuing an entrepreneurial idea involves the financial management of the entire process. In particular the early stage startup period is critical in being able to dictate the success or failure of a business. Learn how to successfully start a new business venture on a budget. YOU MUST POST.

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EVENT 4: FRIDAY OCTOBER 31,  2014:  (10am-11:30AM)  NETWORKING.  In life it can be said that a persons success is a result of their own hard work, but also a function of other people that served to help that person move along in life. This concept is known as “It takes a village”, a general understanding that your success in life is the result of many forces around you pushing and guiding you along.  Today, because of the advent of technology, there is a similar mindset in that it “takes a network.” A network of contacts that you establish with business leaders, teachers, friends, family, mentors etc. Learn about the importance of building a network, and how it can help you professionally, and equally important how you can help others.  


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EVENT 5:  FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7,  2014:  (10am-11:30AM)   AS SEEN ON TV.

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EVENT : Saturday NOVEMBER 15, 2014: (10am-4pm)  SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRAINING SYMPOSIUM (VETS).  A one-day seminar for Veterans to learn about entrepreneurship, discover the robust array of support services available in the Tampa Bay Entrepreneurial ecosystem, network with fellow entrepreneurs, get inspired, and  explore the academic programs and opportunities at HCC.


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 EVENT 6: FRIDAY NOVEMBER 21,  2014:  (10am-11:30AM)   PERSONAL BRANDING. You have already learned about lifestyle branding (if you attended the second workshop). In this workshop, learn about the importance of your own personal brand. Learn about the importance of your online social media persona. How do others perceive you, why is it important to think about who you are, and how you desire others to see you.

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 EVENT 7: FRIDAY DECEMBER 5, 2014: (10AM) in DLRC 106. This event will be themed around Financial Literacy, and will feature speakers from the Florida Prosperity Partnership.

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EVENT 1: FRIDAY JANUARY 24, 2014 (10am-12pm).  Entrepreneurial Spirit, a panel discussion.  Learn about what it takes to be an entrepreneur, and to think with an innovative mindset.

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EVENT 2: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 14, 2014 (10am-12pm).
 CEO Roundtable 1. Hear from several local CEOs that run their own businesses, and ask them questions.

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EVENT 3: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2014 (10am-12pm).  Business Financial Challenges and Successes.  Learn about real financial successes and missteps that entrepreneurs and managers confront on a regular basis.

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EVENT 4: FRIDAY MARCH 28, 2014 (10am-12pm).  Social Media Hits and MissesLearn from social media experts about how you can leverage the power of social media to benefit your business enterprise. 

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EVENT 5: FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014 (10am-12pm).  CEO Roundtable 2.  As a follow-up to the first CEO Roundtable, this discussion will involve an extended conversation about external forces, such as the economy, government regulations etc., and how they affect decision making at the executive level.

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EVENT 6: FRIDAY APRIL 25, 2014 (10am-12pm).  Leadership Insight.  In the format of the “TED TALK” speaker events, this event features a diverse selection of motivational talks from individuals that will inspire you.  
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 EVENT 7: FRIDAY JULY 25 THROUGH Sunday JULY 27, 2014. Startup Weekend.  A 54 hour event where entrepreneurs pitch an idea on Friday evening, form a team, and work over the weekend to launch a company by Sunday evening.

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November 15, 2013: (8am-12pm) Dale Mabry Campus DLRC 106 - Business Pitch “Shark Tank” Competition.  Students will present their ideas for a business using the business model canvas, and compete in front of an audience and panel of business professionals. 
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October 26, 2013 - Veterans Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium (VETS).  A one-day seminar for Veterans to learn about entrepreneurship, and explore the academic programs and opportunities at HCC.  Featuring keynote speakers Gregory Celestan, and Hugh Campbell. Thank you to our presenters,  Tyrone Byrd, Kostas Stoilas, Ty Mathen, Gracie Leigh Stemmer, Erin Meagher, Henry Thorpe, Ryan Sullivan, Phil Michaels, G. Donovan Conwell, Doug McDonald, Susie Steiner, Pamela Byrd, Jessica Rivelli, Alfred Goldberg, and Greta Kishbaugh. Business pitch judges (a.k.a. “sharks”), Eric Bailey, Melissa Helms, Peter Anderson, and Greg Celestan. 
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October 11, 2013 - Real Life Financial Challenges Faced By Entrepreneurs.  A “how to” exchange about dealing with and overcoming entrepreneurial financial obstacles in an innovative fashion.  Featuring Wendy, Lucky, Erin Meagher, Dave Steck , and J.J. Roberts.
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September 20, 2013 - Tapping into Entrepreneurial Resources within the Tampa Bay Business Ecosystem, a panel discussion. Learn about what community resources are available for established and aspiring entrepreneurs. Make some new contacts and expand your network.
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September 6, 2013 - Tampa Bay Entrepreneurship Ecosystem “Pow-Wow.”  A get together and idea exchange of the Tampa Bay area entrepreneurship ecosystem members.  



April 19, 2013 - Inside the Mind of an Entrepreneur.  Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea for a business? Come meet with three energized entrepreneurs from Tampa that will share their experiences with our students.  Featuring, Susie Steiner, Reuben Pressman, and Jessica Rivelli. 
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April 12, 2013 - An Innovative Chat with Microlumen, Inc. CFO Robin Reynolds.  Learn about a successful female executive working for a rapidly growing entrepreneurial venture. See what challenges Ms. Reynolds has had to overcome, and learn what it is like on the inside of a socially responsible company.  
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