Connie Garzon was born and raised in Colombia – South America. Connie is a Start-up Ecosystem Builder, expert in Business Development, Entrepreneurship and International Business. She has nine years of experience in the banking industry and many years of work with multinational organizations and start-ups. Her passion is to build successful entrepreneurs so that they can build outstanding communities. Connie has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to raise millions of dollars from investors and banks helping them to grow multimillion dollars’ companies. Many of them have won outstanding awards in the state of Florida, California, and Boston. She was recognized in 2009 as the Best Business Consultant for Central Florida by the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. In August 2013, she was selected as one of the 2013 Influential Women in Business Volusia/Flagler Counties by the News Journal Business Report Magazine. In 2016, she was presented with a state-wide award “Education Partner of the Year” by CareerSource Florida. In addition, she runs the Volusia County Business Incubator powered by UCF. The 2017/18 economic impact summary for the Volusia County Business Incubator highlights 480+ total jobs and returned taxes of $1 invested = $6.52 dollars returned to the community. In addition, Connie is an Adjunct Professor for International Entrepreneurship at Embry Stetson University and Entrepreneurship at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. She is an expert in Business Model Canvas by Strategizer, business development, strategic planning, technology transfer, intellectual property, start-ups, marketing plan execution, capital asset oversight, cost containment, budgeting/finance, staff training, international business expansion, presenting to investors, etc. She holds many industry certifications and more.