Speakers and Events

Speakers and Events

TCC SPARK! is proud to have hosted various speakers and events since the initiative started in 2016. Our events are designed to engage and encourage conversation in Tallahassee's entrepreneurial community. Keynotes from experts in the industry share business best practices, motivational and success stories, and more. 

Darrell Freeman, Founder, Zycron

Rags to Riches: The American Dream in 60 Minutes

"Zycron is a Nashville entrepreneurial success story. Launched from a one-employee office the size of a closet, the company grew to $38 million in revenues for last year. Zycron provides employees who help large corporate and government clients — such as hospital chain HCA, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service — with implementing their information technology plans. Roughly 25 years after launching Zycron Inc. fresh out of college, Darrell S. Freeman has sold one of Nashville's largest information technology consulting firms in a more than $20 million deal." (Source: Tennessean
Watch Darrell Freeman's presentation.

Sponsors: Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, TCC Spark

Tim Rowe, CEO Cambridge Innovation Centers

Building Tallahassee’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Tim Rowe is the Founder and CEO of Cambridge Innovation Center. CIC is a recognized global leader that creates concentrated hubs of collaborative innovation in leading cities around the world. More than US $3.6B has been invested in companies that grew up at CIC and its affiliates. Many success stories have come out of CIC, including that of Google Android co-Founder Rich Miner, who famously built his portion of that company at CIC. Approximately $7.2B of venture capital is headquartered in CIC’s Cambridge buildings alone, putting them on par with many countries.

In addition to its original Cambridge, MA location, CIC operates today in Boston, MA; St Louis, MO; Miami, FL; Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In January 2017, CIC announced its newest site: Philadelphia.

Watch Tim Rowe's presentation.

Sponsors: First Commerce Credit Union, Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement Big Bend, TCC Spark

Tim Marshall, Motivational Speaker and Author

The Power of Breaking Fear

Tim S. Marshall is a motivational speaker, life coach, entrepreneur and author whose works cover a wide range of topics including personal growth, entrepreneurship, young professionals, sales, leadership, millennials, and breaking fear in relationships.

Marshall, the author of seven books in two years, shares his expertise on how to turn weakness into strength, fear into speed and self-doubt into power.

Sponsor: TCC Spark