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2022 Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Bootcamp 

The Shepard Broad College of Law and the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic proudly present the third annual Berger Entrepreneur Bootcamp: Innovating Successfully – Making it Happen! Building on the successes of the previous two Berger Entrepreneur Bootcamps, each with over 200 in-person and online participants, the program will immerse entrepreneurs in the skills and disciplines needed to successfully launch and grow a start-up business.

The 2022 Bootcamp will feature a faculty of over 20 diverse presenters from NSU's Shepard Broad College of Law, NSU's H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship, start-up founders, and other experienced participants in South Florida’s start-up ecosystem.  This two-day workshop is open to ALL NSU students, faculty, staff, and the general public.  It will also be simulcast and recorded for those who want to attend the program online. 


Bootcamp Program

Dates to be decided

Admission to the program is free and includes course materials, breakfast, coffee, and water.
Boxed lunch is not included. If you would like one, we are happy to provide it for $20 per day.


VIP Reception

Date to be decided

This event is not included in the general admission, and the cost is $50 per person to attend. If you are interested in attending, please select the VIP reception option during checkout when registering for the in-person event. 


The Bootcamp program and VIP Reception will be held at the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation, which is located on the fifth floor of NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library at 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314. Parking is available in the NSU Parking Garage and is ADA compliant. 

For information or questions, please email Alyssa Lovitt or call (954) 616-7667.
For sponsorship opportunities, please email Karen Rose or call (954) 262-6303, or email Tiffany Garner or call (954) 262-6261.


Topics for 2022 will focus on the essential steps for developing new products and companies, including:

  • Creating an environment for innovation success
  • Ideation, incubation, acceleration, and post-acceleration
  • Legal planning for start-ups, including corporate structure, governance, hiring, and capital raises
  • Business planning for company launches, financings, and exit transactions
  • Intellectual property protection fundamentals, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, publicity, and other rights
  • Panel discussion among successful founders providing insights into the practical challenges they’ve faced and lessons they’ve learned
  • Panel discussion focusing on challenges facing start-ups in underserved communities
  • Available public and private resources and initiatives to promote innovation success and economic development in Broward County and South Florida


Panel Discussions

Panel Title



Introduction to the Program

Dean José R. (Beto) Juárez, Jr., Dean & Professor of Law, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Steven Kass, Esq., Director & Berger Family Fellow, Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Panel 1: Creating an Environment for Innovation Success

Professor Jon M. Garon, Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Sandy Michael McDonald, Director of the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development

Panel 2: Foundations for Innovation Success: Legal Planning

Professor Florence Shu-Acquaye, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Professor linda harrison, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Professor Kate Webber Nuñez, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Panel 3: Foundations for Innovation Success: Business Planning and Financing

Professor Nelson Pizarro, Academic Director, Business Innovation Academy, H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Scott "SJ" R. Jablonski, Esq., Partner, Berger Singerman LLP

Panel 4: Creating Pathways for Innovation Success in Underserved Communities

Steven Kass, Esq., Moderator

Shaheewa Jarrett Gelin, Founder & President Broward County Black Chamber of Commerce

Yahalia (Yali) Frankin, Founder and President, Boundless & Beyond Enterprises, LLC and Boundless & Beyond Inc.

Jordan D. Chisolm, Esq., Cozen O'Conner

Panel 5: Innovation Success through IP (Part 1): Trademark, Trade Secret, Copyright, Publicity and Other Rights

Associate Dean & Professor Vicenç F. Feliύ, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Associate Dean & Professor Susan H. Stephan, NSU | Shepard Broad College of Law

Panel 6: Innovation Success through IP (Part 2): Patents and Patentability

Dr. Katherine Koenig, Esq., Koenig IP Works, PLLC

Scott Smiley, Esq., Founder & President, The Concept Law Group, P.A.

Panel 7: Being a Successful Innovator: A Discussion with Founder

Professor Jon M. Garon, Moderator

Lillian Roberts, Founder and CEO of Xendoo

Rosa Ore, Founder and President, Prism3, Inc. and Prism5, Inc.

Matthew Kohen, Esq., Senior Counsel, Carlton Fields, P.A.

Panel 8: Resources for Innovation Success: Ideation, Incubation, Acceleration and Post-Acceleration

Dr. John Wensveen, Chief Innovation Officer at NSU and Executive Director of the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation

Terri-Ann Brown, Director of Community Partnerships, The Venture Mentoring Team

Aaron Chavez, Managing Partner, Argent Strategies and Co-Founder and CFO, Dinerazo Inc.

Kristen A. Corpion, Esq., Founder, Corpion Legal Group, P.A.

*Program is subject to change

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