Alex Rudloff to Speak at Inaugural Startup Weekend Space Coast Nov. 15 in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business announces it will host the inaugural event of Startup Weekend Space Coast Nov. 15, starting with registration at 6:30 p.m. The event, a draw for entrepreneurs, will take place at Florida Tech’s Center for Aeronautics and Innovation at 1050 West NASA Blvd. in Melbourne.

The keynote speaker is Alex Rudloff, CEO and co-founder of, and Florida Tech and TrepHub, a local business incubator, are collaborating to put on the event.

At the event, participants will be given a set time to make a business-idea pitch, will break into groups and share ideas. The groups will be allowed 54 hours to build a prototype and pitch it to judges, investors and the community the following Sunday evening, Nov. 17, at Florida Tech’s Center for Aeronautics and Innovation at 1050 West NASA Blvd. in Melbourne.

Anyone may pitch an idea on Nov. 15 and receive feedback from their peers. This includes entrepreneurs who have founded companies or seek a cofounder, or who would like to meet a new business associate or learn a skill outside the realm of their usual job. “Each participant will leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups,” said Abram Walton, associate professor of management and innovation at Florida Tech.

The cost is $100 at the event; $75 for early bird registration before November 1st, and $50 for students. To register, go to To become an event sponsor or to sponsor an entrepreneur, visit

This local Startup Weekend is part of thousands of others around the world kicking off Global Entrepreneurship Week, Startup Weekend Style. For more information, visit “This is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world since 2011,” said Ahmed Reza, co-founder and president of TrepHub, a Melbourne-based technology incubator.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

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