HOTCoffee, the bi-weekly assembly of business professionals, students, faculty, and others interested in entrepreneurship in Huntsville, hosts a series of speakers who share their start-up experiences and tackle how-to questions from attendees. Upcoming speakers include Matt Fowler, founder of real estate technology venture Solid Earth, on Oct. 30, and Peggy Sammon, serial entrepreneur and current CEO of HudsonAlpha-based GeneCapture Inc., on Nov. 14.
Each speaker is allotted seven minutes to tell his or her story, after which a networking event enables audience members to interact with the speaker one-on-one. All speakers exemplify the start-up culture in Huntsville/Madison County and, in turn, energize and inspire other start-up spirits. To date, they have included Bryan Powell, founder of MetaBahn contract software designers, and Brandon Kruse, who as a teenager founded DialMaxx and who is now a serial entrepreneur developing the West Huntsville business incubator and co-working space.