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iStart Jax partners with inaugural TEDx Jacksonville to spread ideas worth sharing

istart2iStart Jax is pleased to announce their partnership of our city’s inaugural TEDx Jacksonville event, happening at WJCT on October 26, 2013. 300 audience members will experience a day-long, multi-disciplinary conference featuring 10 inspiring talks by a roster of distinct speakers, four inspired performances from Jacksonville’s brilliant art scene and thoughtful dialogues, along with shared meals.

According to Yash Nath, CEO and President of iStart Jax, “Ideas and innovation are the basic ingredients for cutting edge startups. Our goal at iStart Jax is help nurture these by bringing global programs to Jacksonville. What better way to do so than by helping establish TEDxJacksonville and sharing ideas worth spreading.”

iStart Jax’s partnership of the TEDxJacksonville is in keeping with its tradition of supporting Jacksonville’s thriving community. As the leading business accelerator for technology startups in northeast Florida, iStart Jax’s goal is to provide world-class resources for this area. TEDxJacksonville, with its creativity and theme of sharing ideas worth spreading, is exactly the kind of program iStart Jax is proud to sponsor. Jacksonville residents hopeful for selection as an audience member in the TEDxJacksonville conference on October 26 have already submitted more than 200 applications. The distinguished roster of speakers includes former ambassador Nancy Soderberg, former congressman and current Executive Director of the Energy and Enterprise Initiative at George Mason University Robert Inglis, Executive Director of Second Harvest North Florida Bruce Ganger and many others. For a full listing of speakers, visit:

TEDxJacksonville-logoJason Juall, Director at iStart Jax, says “We believe that bringing events like TEDx to Jacksonville will help put Northeast Florida on the map as a community that fosters innovation and ingenuity.  We proudly support TEDxJacksonville and hope that Northeast Florida entrepreneurs will take advantage of this unique opportunity to support the region’s growing creative community.”

“We are impressed with the line-up of speakers and quality of the preparation by Doug Robinson and TEDx Jacksonville Team. We are also proud that one of our Directors – Sheena Koshy is engaged in the program as a volunteer. We are very hands on partners” said MJ Charmani, Chairman and Founder of iStart Jax.


About iStart Jax: iStart Jax is a Non-Profit, 501(c) (3), Business Accelerator for Technology based Startups in North East Florida. Our goal is to provide world class resources for aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their creative ideas into growing Tech Startups. iStart Jax offers free web applications to Crowd source and Project Manage Startups. We sponsor programs such as Startup Weekend, Google Boot camp, Monthly workshops to accelerate the growth of Startup community. iStart Jax partners with investors to help fund the startup ideas. Affiliated programs include Microsoft BizSpark, 1M1M Silicon Valley Incubator, F6S and Startup Florida. We help redefine the startup ecosystem with the support of local and global resources by providing Northeast Florida with a viable pool of startups and entrepreneurs.

About TEDxJacksonville, where x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

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