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Causes: Economic Development

Mission: iStart Valley is a non-profit business accelerator for technology based startups in north east florida with a goal to help entrepreneurs to transform ideas into startup companies. iStart Valley offers a premier experiential education to entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of startup community. We provide free mentorship and resources to aspiring entrepreneurs. By providing northeast florida with a viable pool of startups and entrepreneurs, we help redefine the ecosystem of startups with the support of local and global resources.

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 200 Students, 20+ Startups, 300+ Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Cretaors

Programs: iStart Valley has successfully helped more than 22 technology startups to take their idea to next level and get funded. Some of the startups have won the local and national level awards. Considering it's work in the region, iStart Valley received the award from business journal in may 2012 for achieving excellence in providing mentorship, impressive involvement in the business community, outstanding job in assisting in the startup of the businesses in north east florida.

iStart Valley launched e-mindset program to provide premier entrepreneurial educational experience to disadvantaged and disengaged young adults. iStart Valley was a nominee for the "collaboration and innovation awards 2013". "local focus. Lasting impact" collaboration and innovation awards are designed to highlight and inspire effective and innovative collaboration within northeast florida.

iStart Valley has collaborated with the national educational resources to the benefit of the local startup companies and entrepreneurs. Launched "ultra lean" initiative to create the awareness of ways to bootstrap to entrepreneurs. Partners include - microsoft bizspark, startup bus, 1 million by 1 million national incubator, startup florida, f6s and startup digest. Considering this work istart jax won the recognition of "top innovators and influencers 2013 of northeast florida"

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 ruhan_ponnada

Client Served

Rating: 5

iStartValley helped me create my own startup and network with like-minded individuals as a highschooler. I went through the high school internship program and have gained valuable skills such as networking, programming, cloud computing, marketing, advertising, budgeting and many more. Without iStartValley I wouldn't have the strong foundation that I do know about the evergrowing technology industry. A unique thing that I noticed from this program is that now I regularly check the latest startup and technology news to get informed and educated with the current trends and the market. This has become a daily habit for me and I never would have expected myself to be doing this while my other friends are mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. This was a great experience and I recommend this program for anyone who is interested in going through it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed the program, especially the Lab Work as it gave me proper insight into Artificial Intelligence. I was able to learn a lot and I enjoyed working on the Final Capstone Project. The Final Presentations were a great way to apply what we learned. Overall, I'm really glad I participated in the program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Entrepreneurial success requires several toolkits followed by hard work, knowledge, and perseverance. IStartValley successfully introduced me to these toolkits and provided me with several useful resources that taught me new methods to approach building a startup. Their program was able to provide me with a realistic experience developing startup ideas and pitching them to potential investors. Ultimately, IStartValley is an inspirational platform that motivates young entrepreneurs and helps them embark on an entrepreneurial journey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IStart Valley AI and Data Science Course gave me the opportunity to be introduced into the future of AI and Machine Learning, and how it is being applied today to solve the problems of this age. Starting from the basics, this program effectively teaches the process of how data scientists receive, interpret, and process data to be used in machine learning models, and then teaching the students how to create some of these models and implement them into real life situations. This program has inspired me to continue to learn about the vast and quickly growing world of AI and Machine Learning.

Client Served

Rating: 5

iStart Valley provided me with an amazing experience. I've wanted to start a business for a long time now, and now I feel as if I actually can. Thanks, iStart Valley!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The IStart Valley Summer Internship was a great experience and I learned a lot including leadership skills, entrepreneurship strategies, how to build a business, and collaborate with a team. I worked with a team from the class to build a business with guidance from the teacher, and I can take it further to build a real business. The instructor gave us real examples of various topics to help us understand and learn better. The skills and experience I gained in this course will not only help me in entrepreneurship and business but also in the future in any career that I choose. The most important thing that I learned was collaborating with the teams on business ideas focusing on different cutting edge entrepreneurship topics. We brainstormed on a multitude of topics ranging from technology to business and came up with new ideas that might innovatively change the world in this age. Another valuable asset from this engagement is that I made friends from different parts of the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great program that opens your eyes to new opportunities. It gives you information to take beyond the course and the people are great to work with as well. This platform sets you up with the knowledge and connections you need to fulfill your own journey.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Participating in the iStart Valley Internship has provided me with the tools I need to be successful in my future career. This internship has especially taught me how to start a business that adds value to its customers and how to make my business flourish. It provides you with all the keys to success as an innovative entrepreneur. Overall, this is the ideal experience for any aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

iStart Valley was a very valuable experience that provided useful methods to help startup entrepreneurs. The mini projects and assignments helped to understand the topics. Throughout the program, we get to work with some other students to create a final pitch for our very own company. Personally, I felt this was very handy as we got to apply the knowledge that we were learning.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

iStart Valley gives a valuable experience through the resources they provide for young entrepreneurs to be successful in the future. They allow similar individuals to network with each other and make a startup that could possibly benefit the future. Motivation, real-world experience, and guidance are only a few of the things I have gained from the programs they offer. Overall, without iStart Valley, I wouldn't be as successful as I am today!

2

Client Served

Rating: 4

iStart Valley was an unbelievable experience and stepping stone for me into the world of entrepreneurship. My very first internship as a high school freshman was through their six month program for high school and college students. This was an incredible experience and the knowledge I gained is immeasurable. There are definitely improvements that can be made because this company holds so much potential to help students across the nation experience entrepreneurship and what the field has to offer. However, as of right now, I think it is a really great company with so much to offer. The connections I've made through iStart Valley have helped me unlock many opportunities that I could not imagine myself without.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined the I Start Valley Internship Program with high hopes and it exceeded all of my expectations. The I Start Valley program helped me understand much more about entrepreneurship and made more knowledgeable about startups. Through this program I met so many peers from across the country and I had a great time collaborating with them. I Start Valley allowed me to explore my interests in many fun and creative ways such as their business plan contest. Even after finishing this program, it has assisted me in many ways. I was able to create contacts with other students and receive a medal for presidential service. All in all, I Start Valley was a great experience and I would recommend it to students like me who are interested in business and are looking to expand their horizons.

3 Sathvik N.

Client Served

Rating: 4


This program is one of its kind. It strives to teach kids the essence of business and entrepreneurship. By working with fellow interns, I have learned the importance of teamwork and had the opportunity to create several platforms for our startup idea. With the knowledge and resources, we now have, we are more than ready to continue our startup.

Sathvik Nallamalli, Intel ISEF 2018 & 2019 Grand Award Winner, FBLA Nationals Winner 2018

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The iStart valley program was an excellent experience for me. I participated in the high school internship program, and during the program, I was able to learn many aspects of creating a technology-based startup company, including the business model, blockchain, and customer/investor acquisition. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship and creating a technology-based startup.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

iStart Valley was a great experience, one with filled with learning new skills, thinking like an entrepreneur, and forming a startup. Gaining such exposure is very difficult in high school, but is crucial in becoming a successful entrepreneur in the future and I am so grateful to have participated in it. iStart Valley creates an environment with individuals from various backgrounds that interact and learn together. I am glad that I participated in iStart Valley, as it helped me develop my passion for innovation and entrepreneurship even further.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I came into the iStart Valley High School Internship Program with few expectations and a vague understanding of what the course would entail. I must say, I was completely blown away. iStart Valley's program is by far one of the best internship programs for high schoolers to get a head start on the basics of entrepreneurship and business. The weekly web sessions were engaging, insightful, and informational: I learned about everything from artificial intelligence to startup companies. I especially loved the current events segment at the beginning of each session. It not only taught me about new and rising startup companies, but also helped me realize the importance of staying updated on the latest news in the business world. iStart Valley's program has affirmed my interest in business and entrepreneurship, and I know that I will carry with me not only the knowledge I gained, but the collaboration skills I honed through the group project throughout my career. I would completely recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the field of business, entrepreneurship, or startup companies.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was impressed with the platform provided by iStart Valley, in which they inspired and properly guided young entrepreneurs. iStart Valley has given me the opportunity to connect with other like-minded individuals around the country. The internship program allowed me to learn the steps required to be a successful entrepreneur and taught me the plethora of perspectives that individuals have on modern day problems. I am thankful to be an attendee of this internship as it taught me the steps to create a startup and assisted me in developing the entrepreneurial mindset.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I began as a mere freshman in high school who initially had no insight into the field of entrepreneurship; however, it is an understatement to say that the high school internship provided by iStart Valley has provided me with a new style of innovative thinking. In addition, this organization provided me with the opportunity to network with a variety of people across the United States and an insight into technology revealing the ways it can benefit mankind. I am glad to say I am a member of this amazing organization. I truly value iStart Valley's strive to provide its students an opportunity to reach their future entrepreneurial endeavours. With a greater worry for the future of our generation currently amongst us, iStart Valley is taking an enormous step in steering us into a pathway of hope and glory via innovation.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being part of the iStart Valley internship opened up a lot of new opportunities for me for college and for my career. I became part of a large entrepreneurship community where I am constantly being encouraged and challenged to think outside of the box. In addition, as the President of the Youth Executive Committee, I have an amazing opportunity to collaborate with other students from across the US to help provide resources for young entrepreneurs. iStart Valley has showed me how I can become a more innovative thinker and a great team member.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

iStart Valley was an amazing experience! Completely worth my time and has given me an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to the internship program, I did not really know what I was going to do but afterward, I have found my dream. To this day, iStart Valley has been a very helpful extracurricular for me during high school. If you want your kids to get a strong foundation in entrepreneurship, iStart Valley' High Schools Internship Program is for you!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the best decisions that I made to join the program that has a long lasting impact on me. I would highly recommend.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent platform for Aspiring Entrepreneurs and Startups. Amazed by the quality of programs. Thank you for your relentless efforts to bring the best to the participants!

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

My daughter was in the most recent batch of high school students selected for the internship program. She was really looking forward to it. The program started off ok with regular meetings but soon deteriorated. No responses to questions. No real workshops on design thinking as originally publicized. The meetings had little structure with the coordinator mostly rambling on and on. Assignments were delayed. It seemed to be managed by a single person with part-time commitment to this program. Not worth the $500 fee and the time.

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iStart Valley 06/01/2019

High School Internship is one of our popular program. It's highly selective and fast paced. We are aware of only one incident where the student had to drop off in the middle of the program and was fully refunded. But from the same batch we had rest of the Interns successfully graduate and they continue to work with us in the Youth Executive Committee. Sorry that you had bad experience. We always strive to keep our programs impactful!