Dr. Richard Munassi MD MBA is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and ecosystem leader from Tampa, Florida. He has mentored, coached, and advised dozens of technology startups who have raised over $1 billion dollars in Venture Capital and angel investment. Dr. Munassi is part of the SXSW team as both an Advisory Board Member as well as Judge for SXSW Pitch, is an Entrepreneur in Residence for Techstars, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida, and is also involved with FedTech, MassChallenge, MIT Solve, and NASA through the iTech program. He is the Accelerator Managing Director for the Tampa Bay Wave, one of the top Accelerators in the United States and the #1 source for deal flow in the state of Florida. He has spoken on entrepreneurship, startups, ecosystem development, and funding at multiple conferences with both national and international audiences.