Startup Star Power: Startups Backed by Celebrity
A startup is born everyday. With the growing trends in technology, the key is finding innovative ways to fund these companies for longevity. Typical startups go through several rounds of funding. During each round, companies are attempt to raise critical funding, retain a strong equity position and garner enough momentum to move to their next level. A growing trend to raise seed money in the past few years has been crowdfunding via web based technologies. An emerging source of startup capital is securing a Celebrity Angel Investor. This panel will include startups that have successfully secured funding from celebrities such as T.I. ( also known as Clifford Harris) and retired professional athletes.
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VP & Co-Founder of Yopima
James Martin is the current co-founder of Yopima. With an affinity for entrepreneurship at an early age, Martin attended the prestigious Bard College, where he graduated in a mere 3 years with a B.A. in Political Science. Following graduation, Martin took his talents to CBS Atlanta Radio to build marketing campaigns for numerous brands and clients. Although very young, Martin considers himself very versatile and pragmatic due to his family's well-rounded background in entrepreneurship. It is said that innovators don't go to school for entrepreneurship. You either have it or you don't. James not only believes he has it, but is willing to make the sacrifices to reach his ultimate goal: leaving his footprint in entrepreneur realm.
Pres & Co-Founder
Mr. Tyrone C. Lewis, T.C. co-founded Xsporture, LLC in 2011 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lewis was an accomplished High School athlete and attended the Univ. of Connecticut on a Football scholarship. Mr. Lewis, has extensive knowledge and experience in capital raising, social media and online sports. His company SportsCrunch was accepted as a member of the first cohort for the Flashpoint Incubator program at Georgia Tech.
Founder & CEO
Yopima was founded by Vernell Woods. Vernell is a student, an entrepreneur, and an innovator. Academically, Vernell Woods has continuously excelled as he has been named as one of Georgia Tech’s elite President’s Scholars giving him a full ride to college in addition to being one of Coca-Cola’s National Scholars. Vernell has started multiple companies, and has become a researcher, a technician, as well as a mentor. After finding his maneuvering his way into his school systems IT Department as an employee while still in high school, Vernell developed a knack for solving problems and coding. While in college after having worked for many companies like IBM, Sybase and Raytheon all before the age of 21, Vernell realized his passion for innovating would not be fulfilled in the classroom and ventured off to be an entrepreneur. Vernell has partnered with celebrity mentor TI and several other influential people in the entertainment and tech world to help reach his goal of changing the world.