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Inaugural Tallahassee Startup Round a Big Success

Tallahassee, FLA. – The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship sponsored the inaugural Tallahassee Startup Round on Thursday, April 14. More than 70 highly enthusiastic entrepreneurs, students, educators and investors gathered at the Vintage Bistro & Bar to share ideas about new business ventures.

“When we decided to hold an event like this one in Tallahassee, we set a simple goal: to bring together entrepreneurs and inventors from across Tallahassee, including student entrepreneurs and inventors on campus, who bounce ideas off each other and off the mentors and investors interested in their development,” said John Chason of Metrix Ventures and co-founder of Tallahassee Startup Round. “The inaugural event exceeded even our most ambitious expectations.”

Tallahassee Startup Round aims to bring students interested in entrepreneurship, local inventors and entrepreneurs, mentors and investors together for an informal networking session that fosters collaboration. Co-founders John Chason of Metrix Ventures, Lester Hutt of BevShots and Adam Kaye of Silicon Tally modeled Tallahassee Startup Round after similar formats implemented by other universities in an effort to bring together all facets of entrepreneurship in a relaxed atmosphere to foster creativity, discussion and debate.

“The Jim Moran Institute would like to extend a special thanks to John Chason, Lester Hutt and Adam Kaye for their efforts to organize and promote this event,” said Dr. Tim R. Holcomb, executive director of The Jim Moran Institute. “The Jim Moran Institute is pleased to help bring Tallahassee’s entrepreneurial community together for this collaboration. We look forward to seeing many new faces at our next gathering.”

Among the participants at the inaugural event were Florida State University entrepreneurship majors Kelli Lampkin and Jonathan Hayes.

Thinking back to her childhood and the effects of an active imagination on sleep motivated Kelli Lampkin to launch Monsters-B-Gone, a bedtime product line designed to empower children to overcome their fears of the dark and make bedtime a more enjoyable experience — for the child and the parents. Its products include a spray repellant lightly scented with soothing lavender, a Courage Formula to drink before bedtime that includes Chamomile (a medicinal herb known for its calming effect on the body) and bedtime accessories like pajamas, pillow cases, blankets, nightlights and flashlights.

Jonathan Hayes developed his idea for Web Traffic Consultants as he began to understand the marketing challenges that small business owners and young startups face when competing with larger companies with deeper financial pockets. He recognized that small businesses and startups rarely possess the technical savvy (or the financial capital) required to market and grow their business. His goal with Web Traffic Consultants was to level the playing field for these companies.

Plans are in place to hold the Tallahassee Startup Round sponsored by The Jim Moran Institute on the second Thursday of each month. To learn more about The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship or the next Tallahassee Startup Round event, please visit

About The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship:
The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship was established in 1995 through generous donations from automotive industry legend Jim Moran, his wife Jan, and JM Family Enterprises, Inc. Their gifts were supplemented with a major grant from the State of Florida to create a fully funded endowment. Its mission is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders in the community through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, intensive consulting assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and business owners at no charge, and public recognition. The staff of entrepreneurship professionals, academic scholars, and staff foster the entrepreneurial spirit by helping to organize, expand and promote the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship in such a way as to facilitate new business and to further the goals of established businesses. The Jim Moran Institute’s faculty and staff provide students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures. Through degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, outreach programs that reach across Florida and throughout the world, and complementary activities such as half-day workshops and a speaker series, The Jim Moran Institute currently serves more than 1,000 undergraduates and about 200 businesses each year.

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