Entrepreneurs who invented a new platform to connect teachers and classroom speakers won the recent Orlando Startup Weekend for Education, part of a national program.
The winning idea was called InspireUs. The team was led by Shahier Rahman, Orlando entrepreneuer who founded his own company called DREAM Inc.
Seattle-based Startup Weekend helps organize regular startup mentoring programs around the country. The recent event in Orlando was focused on education.
Also on the winning team: Anthony Albritton, software consultant at Siemens PLM Software; Leah Unell, art teacher, Park Maitland School; Anita White, financial consultant with Enfusion Inc.; and Thomas Lavelle, MBA student at Rollins College.
The three-day program took place at Valencia College West. The prize, besides mentoring and coaching during the program, is a month of social membership at coworking space Canvs and free software from Ohio-based software firm Squirrels.
Judges included Sandy Shugart, president of Valencia College; T.D. Haines, teacher at Florida Virtual School, and Carlos Carbonell, CEO of Echo Interaction Group and president of the Orlando Tech Association.
“The connections these folks make with other founders and entrepreneurs, teach more about the foundation of business building than actually winning the event,” Carbonell said.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun