Startup Coaching

We offer students FREE startup coaching sessions in the Blackstone LaunchPad. Sessions are tailored to each student’s place in developing their startup. Focal points include introducing students to UCF’s Ideator system and guiding them through innovation, business modeling and business growth strategies. To get started, find a coach that fits your needs and sign up for your first session today.

You must register with Ideator to schedule an appointment.

Meet our Coaches

Isabel Artemis Walker

Isabel Artemis Walker

LaunchPad Coach

Isabel is the Director of Impact Partnerships at REBUILD globally, a nonprofit that implements groundbreaking development work in Haiti, where she executes marketing and fundraising strategies and manages strategic partnerships. Isabel uses her social enterprise experience to grow and lead organizations that adopt impact-oriented business models.

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Jason Polstein

Jason Polstein

LaunchPad Coach

Jason Polstein is a serial entrepreneur. He is a co-founder and the CEO of RIP-IT where he is striving to empower female athletes through beautifully designed equipment. Jason is also a co-founder and the chairman of LateShipment.com; a global SaaS platform focused on improving shipping and logistics visibility while simultaneously reducing their associated costs.

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Joe Sleppy

Joe Sleppy

LaunchPad Coach

Joe is a senior electrical engineering student at UCF with a passion for STEM, energy and entrepreneurship. During his coaching sessions, he draws on his experience as the founder of his two companies: SleppSolutions and Capacitech Energy. With his latest venture, Capacitech Energy, he won first place in UCF’s 2016 Joust competition.

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Adam Ben-Evi

Adam Ben-Evi

LaunchPad Coach

Adam is the CEO of a product distribution company and has more than 10 years experience in multimedia marketing and the investment community. In 2014, Adam co-founded a men’s fashion inventions company, p.s. mister: Adam’s vision to give back to the community continues to be a driving factor in his life.

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Allen Thompson

Allen Thompson

LaunchPad Coach

Previously the founder of Inside and O.U.T. Fitness, Allen Thompson is the Director of Product Development for RIP-IT Sports. Allen oversees the development of new RIP-IT product ideas and works with various departments to ensure their feasibility. Allen is eager to use his years of experience with startups to coach UCF’s student entrepreneurs.

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Brent Henderson

Brent Henderson

LaunchPad Coach

Brent is an expert in bringing ideas to life. During his college years, he created an app called Party Tutor which has now surpassed 100,000 downloads. Since then, he’s continued to build new innovative products, as well as helping others in the community do the same by guiding them through the process of turning their dreams into a reality.

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Matthew Polstein

Matthew Polstein

LaunchPad Coach

Matthew Polstein is a co-founder, entrepreneur, investor, and coach with a passion for problem solving and overcoming growth challenges. In 2015, one of his businesses, RIP-IT Sports, was selected as a Florida company to watch. He received a B.S. in political science at Brown University before acquiring his J.D. at the University of Florida.

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Nicole Grinsell

Nicole Grinsell

LaunchPad Coach

Nicole is a computer science major with mathematics and digital media minors. She really enjoys mixing creativity and art into technology, and runs her own web design freelance and Etsy shop.

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Thomas Waterman

Thomas Waterman

LaunchPad Coach

Founder of Statusphere, a platform that connect brands with micro-influencers. Passionate about marketing and finding ways to help people connect.

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How do I sign up for a coaching session?
Students can sign up for a coaching session here. Students can pick a coach and meeting time that best meets their requirements.
Who qualifies for startup coaching?
Students at all levels of the startup spectrum are invited to startup coaching appointments; they’re completely free to the student body.
Who provides the coaching?
We have a large, multi-talented team comprised of our UCF Industry Fellows, professors, employees and graduate students. To learn more about our coaches and their specialties, view their profiles to this left of this FAQ section.
What information are coaches able to provide?

Our coaches are experienced members of the Orlando startup community. They know what it takes to grow an idea into a business. Here are just a few things our coaches can help students do:

  • Getting acquainted with the Ideator platform.
  • Analyzing and revising venture ideas.
  • Finding strategic partners.
  • Navigating the legal system (entity articles of organization, licensing, etc…).
  • Creating financial models (pricing, break-even analyses, etc…)
  • Finding and securing potential funding opportunities.
  • Developing communication plans.
What is Ideator?
Ideator is UCF’s innovation network platform. It allows students to share their ideas, find partnerships and track their successes. All students who receive coaching will be integrated into the Ideator system.
What should I bring to my coaching sessions?
Our coaching sessions are working meetings. Students should come with their laptop or tablet and be prepared to take notes, share examples of their work, ask questions, and learn.