We are proud to announce a new role at Domi Station: Entrepreneur in Residence. Dominick Ard'is, who previously served as our Director of Programs, will take on the title and take up the important responsibility of all that the new position means to us.
After his years as both a Rattler and then a Seminole, Dominick spent time with Booz Allen Hamilton in Minneapolis, but he will be the first to tell you that while he was gone Tallahassee kept calling his name. Eventually, he found his way back home, ready to dive into the growing startup community and take on a leadership role at Domi Station. As our team and Board of Directors worked hard to spin up Domi 2.0, Dominick took the lead on implementing Get Started and PowerUP.
The results speak for themselves. Over the last three cohorts, Get Started has served thirty-three early-stage startup teams, leading to the launch of companies like Fly Mouthwash, One Fresh Pillow, Footy Training, and more. Equally important, especially to established small businesses hungry to grow and innovate, was PowerUP, an intensive deep dive into the people, products, and processes of five local-area businesses. Thanks to the support of First Commerce Credit Union, PowerUP's first cohort included Catalina Café, Nic's Toggery, Secure Records Solutions, Chop Barbershop, and FL Aviation Center. First Commerce recently published a great set of testimonials from each participant that you can find here.
The best entrepreneurs never stop creating, though. Even as he worked day and night alongside Domi's incubator members, Dominick found high-impact ways to stay active in the greater-Tallahassee ecosystem. Last fall, in partnership with the School of Business and Industry at FAMU, he launched ACT House, a leadership and startup house that gives three students one year to build and launch a technology product. His work made waves and turned heads--this week he and the ACT House team traveled to speak at Black Tech Week in Miami.
Here at Domi, we're committed to a handful of simple things. Things like empowering early-stage entrepreneurs, building the most diverse startup community in the Southeast, and practicing what we preach by having our team members stay hands-on as creators and builders.
Since we believe in those things, we want to put our money where our mouth is and create a system that allows talented entrepreneurs like Dominick to have an impact not just at Domi through the facilitation of programs but across the wider ecosystem as active founders. As Domi's inaugural Entrepreneur in Residence, Dominick will continue to play a central role at Domi architecting and managing flagship programs like Get Started, but he will also have time to plant more seeds in the ecosystem by working directly on startups like ACT House.
Our team is really excited about this shift. We feel it illustrates our commitment to continuous improvement and the refinement of our approach, especially as Tallahassee's startup community grows and matures.
But we're also excited to say that this announcement gets even better. In addition to Dominick's continued leadership and hard work, Domi will be strengthened by the addition of Ido David, a former investment banking consultant at Barclays who will also join as an Entrepreneur in Residence and co-facilitate this Spring's Get Started cohort alongside Dominick.
Ido comes to Domi from Israel, a tech powerhouse known across the globe as a thriving entrepreneur ecosystem thanks to startups like Waze, Fiverr, and Wix. We are thankful to have Ido in Tallahassee, and fortunate to levergage his rich experience in high-growth investment banking. While at Barclays, Ido was active in assisting companies through mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings, so he adds a good deal of depth and perspective to the Domi team.
Over the coming months, we'll share more stories about what Dominick, Ido, and all of this Spring's Get Started entrepreneurs are working on. If you’d like to follow along, please sign up for our newsletter.