Robert Blacklidge

Company Education Director



Robert works closely with entrepreneurs and military veterans. Affectionately called the Startup Santa, he provides insights and mentorship to military veterans and community entrepreneurs as they face the many challenges of entrepreneurship.

As a USAF Veteran and Serial Entrepreneur, Robert has collaborated and spoken at numerous events. Recently, Robert has served as the Effectuation Camp Creator, Presenter for Action Zone, and 2018 conductor of StartupBus – StartupBus Florida route, and Founder of StartupCruise.

If you really knew Robert, you’d know:

  • He almost exclusively wears Puma shoes
  • He believes the only REAL coffee and wine is made in Italy
  • He strongly urges that you try the waffles in Belgium