Stephanie is all about making an impact whether she’s working for someone or going after her own entrepreneurship journey. She enjoyed a 15 year career in Information Technology having been a part of building networks in the very early days of the internet. In addition, she has served in the entrepreneur ecosystem as the fund administrator for the Emerging Growth Fund and the Fund Manager for the Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research as well as an advisor to high tech startups in Gainesville and Orlando.
Her entrepreneurship journey lead her to launch a several paintball businesses that she eventually sold and still exists today in Gainesville. Stephanie recommends other entrepreneurs read the book “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and utilize the Business Model Canvas when launching and growing their companies. Also, entrepreneurs should look at articles and journals outside of their industry to gain new perspectives on doing business while spending significant time in the customer validation stage before investing resources in product/service development.