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Istart Valley Inc

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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.

Programs: iStart Valley has successfully helped more than 15 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 jacksonville 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

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 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 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.

1 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

2

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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!