WE ARE A COMMUNITY FIRST

Our Story

What are we about?

In June 2016, Groundswell was founded by three serial entrepreneurs and Space Coast natives, eager to see greater startup activity in the area.

For a little over a year, we brought together technologists, entrepreneurs and innovators at any coffee shop, restaurant or office space that would let us borrow a table.

Today - Groundswell lives in a skatepark-turned-coworking-space, hosting more than 30 events per year and continuing our mission of building a place where Space Coast innovators an build, grow and thrive.

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Meet our Founders

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Mark Mohler

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John Vecchio

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Bud Deffebach

How we can help

Programs

Joining the Groundswell network means gaining access to resources and workshops specifically tailored to your needs.  From workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to test their aptitude to growing companies finding proven strategies to scale, Groundswell is here to help.

Mentorship

Groundswell pairs early-stage companies with experts who know their industry and are ready to help. With mentors ranging from business strategy to manufacturing to raising capital, Groundswell has the resources your team needs to ideate, get started and grow.

Coworking

Why work in a coffee shop when you can access free coffee and beer, surf the fastest Wifi in town and collaborate with other local entrepreneurs, all from a riverside space within walking distance of Downtown Melbourne's many bars and restaurants.

Events

Something's always going on at Groundswell.  Featured Founder Talks, Lightning Discussions and more in-depth roundtables offer unique perspectives, key expert insights and opportunities for founders to share their challenges and receive an outside opinion.

Meet our Mentors

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Pawan Gaikwad

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
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Keith Nugent

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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Alex Rudloff

TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
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Aaron Burnett

MARKETING STRATEGY
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James Stern

PITCHING AND INVESTMENT
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Adam Hoffmann

CREATIVE STRATEGY
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Kailas Narendran

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
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Andy Quintana

SALES AND MARKETING
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Ryan Shelley

DIGITAL MARKETING AND SEO
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Shane Close

UI/UX
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Roger Baker

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

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