2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Startup Star Power: Startups Backed by Celebrity

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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.
Learn how to get the attention of an A List celebrity who is involved in multiple projects and maintains such a busy schedule.



Dennis Campbell


Yopima LLC

Edria Fleming


Geek-e-Gurl Designs


James Martin

VP & Co-Founder of Yopima

Yopima LLC

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.

Wayne Sutton

CEO, Co-Founder


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