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Tuesday, February 14 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
So You Want Your Startup in the News? [Marquee Event]

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This marquee event will give you insight on the do’s and do not's of pitching to the media.

Our panelists will give you tips on how to gain their attention, how to ensure once you have it your story is well crafted and how to communicate with them.

If you want to increase your knowledge in how to effectively work with your local journalists, you do not want to miss this event.

Once they have shared their tips, we will draw names of entrepreneurs who have registered to pitch to the media. This is your chance to have your startup featured by the media outlets in attendance.

Enter for your chance to be selected to pitch at the event by filling out the form at https://goo.gl/forms/PE2V171TU8y1kP1i2. 

If selected, you will have 60 seconds to pitch your business. The outlets will follow up with questions. They will let you know then if they have interest for more information.

Confirmed media outlets:
TechCrunch
ABC Action News
WEDU
Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Business Journal
83 Degrees

(More media professionals to be added or substituted. Media features are at the discretion of the outlets and per their individual news company’s needs. Tampa Bay Startup is not liable for features or communications after the event.)

Moderators
avatar for Dion Lim

Dion Lim

Anchor, WTSP
Dion Lim is the 5/6/11pm anchor at WTSP/CBS Tampa Bay.  | Dion's career has taken her all over the country but one thing remains the same: her belief in communication through authenticity, accessibility and humor.  Because of it, she is a sought out public speaker for schools, professional groups and major events.  | A fan favorite, Dion was named Best Morning Anchor by Pitch Magazine during her time as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dalia Colon

Dalia Colon

Dalia Colón is an arts and travel journalist. She works as a producer and co-host of WEDU Arts Plus on Tampa Bay's PBS station. Among her freelance creds are the New York Times Magazine, NPR, Orbitz and many others, so she has experience as both a story pitcher and pitchee. (Is that a word?)
avatar for Diane Egner

Diane Egner

83 Degrees Media Publisher & Managing Editor Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) and the Athena Society, and serves on the boards of the The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory... Read More →
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Ernest Hooper

Tampa Bay Times
Ernest Hooper is a longtime journalist with the Tampa Bay Times, formerly the St. Petersburg Times. He's handled a number of duties during his tenure at the paper and currently serves as a community columnist and editor for the Times' Hillsborough operation. Ernest's columns focus on a variety of the area's most interesting people, events and nonprofit efforts. He also shares interesting musings about his personal life, including his wife... Read More →
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Alexis Muellner

Alexis Muellner (“Milner”) is in his 20th year with American City Business Journals. He was named editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2004 after working in Miami for 14 years. He earned a master's degree in print journalism from the University of Miami, and a BA from Hampshire College. His roots are in public radio where credits include National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” “Weekend... Read More →
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Sarah Perez

Reporter, Tech Crunch
Sarah Perez currently works as a reporter for TechCrunch. Founded on June 11, 2005, TechCrunch is dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products and companies. In addition to covering new startups, TechCrunch profiles existing companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space. | | Previously, she worked for ReadWriteWeb.com, a technology news publication then syndicated daily by The New... Read More →
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Camille Spencer

Camille C. Spencer is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience as a media professional in the realms of print, online and broadcast journalism. She has written and edited for print and online publications such as the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Clarion-Ledger, Heart & Soul magazine, AOL, Bisk Education and VisitFlorida.com. She studied narrative writing at The Poynter Institute in St... Read More →


Tuesday February 14, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Rialto Theatre 1617 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602