I'm a husband, startup ecosystem builder, entrepreneur, marketing leader, outdoor enthusiast and all around passionate human.

My current focus is Prota Ventures: a venture building and early-stage investment firm.

Some past (ad)ventures include co-founding: CoWork Jax, KYN and One Spark, speaking at TEDxFrankfurt and backpacking in Big Sur.


I've been involved in the startup/entrepreneurship space for over 10 years and have dedicated the past 5 years to help grow the startup community in Jacksonville, FL. As part of the journey, I am fortunate to have launched CoWork Jax, downtown Jacksonville’s first coworking space, KYN, an accelerator that worked with teams side by side and One Spark, the world's largest crowdfunding festival.

Prior to this past season of entrepreneurship, I spent time as a managing director in clean-tech (solar), consulting for fortune 500's on strategic growth initiatives, and as a marketing and sales executive for a multi-billion dollar international products corporation.

My wife and I continue to enjoy experiencing life in Jacksonville, FL when not traveling between Florida, Seattle and NYC working on the next venture.

Speaking Engagements

I really enjoy traveling and speaking from time to time sharing lessons learned and experiences. Some of my past speaking engagements have included the Urban Land Institute National Conference, TEDxFrankfurt, Re:PublicaStartup Weekend, Startup Week, One Spark, Orlandoix, Geekend, Global Coworking Conference/Unconference, University of North Florida Taylor Leadership Institute and Florida State University

Let's talk: email me at elton@zeroconfines.com.