Daniel James Scott

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Introduction Bio

Daniel James Scott serves as executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, one of the nation’s largest technology councils, and on the board of directors for the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, the only combined eye bank and ocular research center in the world. Previously, Daniel’s work as founding associate director of the Entrepreneurship program at USF St. Petersburg earned him the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” award and the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Educator of the Year” award. Additional honors for his community leadership include being named the US Small Business Administration’s 50th Anniversary State of Florida “Business Advocate of the Year,” a three-time national Small Business Influencer “Community Choice” honoree, and a four-time Tampa Bay Business Journal “Up & Comers” honoree.


Full Bio

djsmediaDaniel James Scott serves as executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, one of the nation’s largest technology councils, and on the board of directors for the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, the only combined eye bank and ocular research center in the world. Previously, Daniel’s work as founding associate director of the Entrepreneurship program at USF St. Petersburg earned him the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program” award and the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s “Educator of the Year” award. Additional honors for his community leadership include being named the US Small Business Administration’s 50th Anniversary State of Florida “Business Advocate of the Year,” a three-time national Small Business Influencer “Community Choice” honoree, and a four-time Tampa Bay Business Journal “Up & Comers” honoree.cnlwkrxuyaayhxt

Daniel is “one of Tampa Bay’s best-known leaders in the business startup community,” according to the Tampa Bay Times, “a high-energy, highly creative person, [Daniel James] Scott has long been a catalyst and advocate for the Tampa Bay startup and entrepreneurial community.” The Tampa Bay Business Journal named him to their Power 100 rankings as one of the region’s “most influential business leaders.” Florida Trend identifies him as “one of Florida’s economic impact players,” with his efforts “raising the profile of the region as a tech hub.” Daniel and the entire Tampa Bay Technology Forum board were named the inaugural Tampa Bay Business Journal “Outstanding Small Nonprofit Board of Directors” for their impact on the region’s tech community.

He has “a knack for seeing opportunity in the most unlikely places,” according to the Business Observer. The Tampa Bay Business Journal notes that Daniel is “an accomplished entrepreneur.” In addition to his own companies, three of which were acquired, Daniel has personally advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and was a partner in Tampa Bay’s first seed-stage fund.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts, MBA and Master of Science from the University of South Florida. He is a co-author of four books, serves on the Editorial Board for the Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal, and is quoted frequently in regional and national media.

Daniel lives in Tampa, FL with his wife and two children.


Solo Honors

2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Top 3 Favorite Local Business Speakers
2012 Tampa Bay Business Journal Up & Comers
2012 LinkedIn Corporation Top 1% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles
2011 Florida Trend Magazine Economic Impact Player
2011 Tampa Bay Times 10 Who make Tampa Bay Area’s Economic Outlook Brighter
2011 Gulf Coast Business Review 40 Under 40
2009 Tampa Bay CEO Magazine 100 Most Influential Business Leaders
2009 Tampa Bay Business Journal Up & Comers
2009 South Tampa Chamber Civic Young Professional of the Year
2007 Tampa Bay Business Journal Up & Comers
2005 USF Entrepreneurship Society Alumnus of the Year
2005 FSBDC Network Regional CBA Impact Award
2000 USF Honors Convocation
1999 Sprint Clear Choice Sales Excellence Award


Group Honors

2015 Tampa Bay Business Journal Outstanding Board of Directors – Small Nonprofit (w/TBTF)
2015 Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship University Advocacy Award (w/USFSP)
2014 techie.com Emerging 100 Winner (w/Alorum)
2014 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization National Startup Simulation Challenge Champions (w/USFSP)
2013 What’s New on the Net’s Most Useful Startup of September 2013 (w/Alorum)
2013 USASBE Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Program Award (w/USFSP)
2013 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization National Startup Simulation Challenge Champions (w/USFSP)
2012 Tampa Bay Technology Forum Collaboration Award Finalist (w/Gazelle Lab)
2012 City of St. Petersburg proclaimed November as Entrepreneurship Month (w/USFSP)
2012 Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization National Startup Simulation Challenge Champions (w/USFSP)
2012 USFSP Student Life Outstanding Organization (Student Club) of the Year (w/USFSP)
2011 Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award as Best Idea Incubator (w/USFSP)
2011 City of Tampa proclaimed November as Entrepreneurship Month (w/Gazelle Lab)
2011 City of St. Petersburg proclaimed November as Entrepreneurship Month (w/USFSP)
2011 USF:UNSTOPPABLE Campaign Featured Program (w/USFSP)
2010 City of St. Petersburg proclaimed November as Entrepreneurship Month (w/USFSP)
2009 Tampa Bay Technology Forum Professional Services Company of the Year (w/STAR TEC)


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