Idea Bounce

Judges Diane Durance, Tobin Geatz, Kevin Carlson
Event Date(s)
2:30 PM
Friday, November 15
BAC Annex Down

Are you one of those humans that get your best ideas in the shower?  Sign up for Idea Bounce!  Idea Bounce provides an opportunity for people to share their creative new business idea with qualified judges and a general audience.  Each idea will be judged “on greatness” against the other ideas and awards will be provided.

This is a 2 minute verbal presentation, no formal slide presentation permitted. If the presenter wishes to bring a poster or other graphic with them, it is their responsibility to bring it on stage and get it off.  

Time limits – Each presenter has 2 minutes to present and 2 minutes of feedback from the judges.  2 minutes goes by quickly so practice your pitch.   

Kevin Carlson
President and Chief Strategy Officer
Synergy Automation
Contributing to the achievement of successful outcomes, improving effectiveness, advancing team members are the three most important passions of Kevin’s professional life. He has recruited, developed, and led cross-functional teams in multiple sectors that delivered over $140M in new business creating $300M in shareholder value within four years of launch. A wizened veteran of 11 start-up and emerging businesses, he has developed and implemented go to market and successful growth strategies across multiple business sectors.

Diane Durance
Director UNCW Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
As an entrepreneur, Diane launched and grew three companies, including a telecommunications engineering firm, a communications publishing company, and a residential construction business. Previously, she was the president of MiQuest, a Michigan organization connecting ventures with funding through its services, competitions, publications, and events. Diane also supported entrepreneurship as the executive director of Mi-Light, Michigan’s photonics industry association and as a chapter chair for the global Women Presidents’ Organization. She began working with faculty spinouts from the University of Michigan in 2005 as the president of the Ann Arbor IT Zone. She holds a BBA and MPA, both from Southern Methodist University.

Tobin Geatz
Seahawk Innovation, Co-Founder & General Partner
Tobin has an extensive background in business start-ups, expansions, and technology applications. He was founder and Chairman of the Board of PharmaTech Solutions in 1999; he then became CEO and Chairman of the Board of Inclinix, Inc. He has been instrumental in the founding and development of several successful ventures, introducing innovative technologies to improve operating processes, including the Inclinix VMR™ technology.

Tobin’s venture capital experience includes his role as a Special General Partner at Aurora Funds II, a $75MM technology venture fund, and as a LP investor in two additional venture funds. Tobin has also founded, funded, operated, and successfully exited several companies including Applied Chemical Solutions, Supercritical Systems, Discrete Wireless, and Inclinix.