The Experience Your Business Needs…
Spark Growth Founders
Chief Executive Officer, Visionary Leader, Spark Growth
Sara Hand has a diverse business development background across public and private sector enterprises. Coupled with her experience as President of the Sarasota Chapter of the Gulf Coast Venture Forum, founder of the cowork to incubation project Station 2 Innovation, she works to enhance the early-stage pipeline in Florida.
An entrepreneur, Sara uses her strengths to find and leverage unique value propositions and create synergistic partnerships. From Spark Growth, her Growth Consultant business, organizational and community development practice to founder of 3.0 Leaders Conference and multiple community partnerships, Sara enjoys developing creative and collaborative solutions for delivering maximized results.
Recently, Sara has added the roles of global investment, international market expansion and exits with her Cross Border Angels and Scaale business affiliations. As a team member, Sara participated in the national finals of Startup India Rocks in Bangalore.
Sara’s recognized accomplishments have presented opportunities with the State Department, the United Nations, the 2015 Harvard Future-Ready Economies Summit, Harvard’s Digital Life in Latin America Symposium and Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network (DWEN). She was also the emcee at the Recent TiECon Tampa Bay annual conference event.
Passionate about community and connecting the dots for growth, Sara Hand collects “cool people”, many whom you will meet as speakers at Station 2 Innovation, DaVinci’s Faire & BarCamp and the annual 3.0 Leaders Innovation and Investment Conference. The 3.0 initiative has provided a worldwide platform for thought leaders to convene and develop calls-to-action for transformative change.
Utilizing agile strategies, Sara drives action-focused agendas in solving complex problems and is widely recognized for consistently achieving her goals with grace and confident skill. Her motto is “Think Big. Keep it Simple. Make it Happen.”
Chief Innovation Architect, Spark Growth
Stan Schultes is co-founder of Spark Growth, growth consultants helping companies grow sustainably and globalizing their business. Stan is an expert in Strategic Doing, an agile and action-centric protocol for rapid development and implementation of strategies across organizations and sectors. His current development work is focused on Smart Cities initiatives and developing localized Innovation Districts.
Stan has a passion for creating community engagement between entrepreneurs, investors, and educational resources, and helping early stage companies grow. He is co-founder of 3.0 Leaders which annually convenes thought leaders, and DaVinci's Faire and BarCamp. He works actively with Manatee Chamber’s Downtown Redevelopment Committee and has served on the Suncoast Technology Forum Board of Directors and Florida High Tech Corridor Core Council.
Stan is certified by InBIA in Business Incubator Management, internationally recognized as a technology expert, and has earned the coveted Microsoft MVP award 14 years running. As an entrepreneur and professional technologist, he has led teams from the Fortune 200 to stewardship of several startups.