Priceline, Redbox and PlaySpan Founders Lead Mentor Roster
First Camp Based at Kessler Mansion


Indianapolis, Indiana April 26, 2013 – VentureCamp is an 8 week high-tech start-up boot camp with a unique interactive Docu-Series twist, launching in the US on June 2nd. The first set of ‘Campers’ will live and work at the renowned Kessler Mansion ( in Indianapolis with future camps planned at private estates across the US and Europe. Unlike traditional programs, which ask aspiring entrepreneurs to pay for advice, mentoring and workshops, VentureCamp is free to the future business leaders chosen to participate.

VentureCamp’s Fully Immersive New Startup Ecosystem will be showcased through an interactive Docu-Series, and a virtual gaming platform, where viewers can engage and partake in the entrepreneur’s journey.

VentureCamp is currently accepting online submissions at

VentureCampers will be coached and mentored by a host of high profile successful entrepreneurs such as Jeff Hoffman (, Mike DeLazzer (RedBox), Karl Mehta, (PlaySpan/Visa), Albert Angel (CertiCall), and Sergio Fernandez De Cordova (Infrastructure Media Group).

VentureCamp Co-founder and Chairman Chad Folkening says, ”Our Campers will have an opportunity to learn how to be successful entrepreneurs from the best and brightest in business in an amazing setting.” Speaking to VentureCamps being run out of luxury estates around the world, Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder of Priceline and a VentureCamp mentor adds “No better way to inspire success than to be surrounded by it.” Folkening further explains, “Each business launched at the camp will also get instant access to targeted web traffic to jumpstart their companies by being awarded with premium domains.”

VentureCamp CEO and Co-Founder Giadha Aguirre De Carcer also notes, “Part of our mission is to empower entrepreneurs everywhere. Our curriculum and program structure is designed to foster innovation, social entrepreneurship, and job creation in a digestible and entertaining way.” DeCarcer adds, “The Camp and Campers will be filmed for our Docu-Series giving the entrepreneurs an opportunity to raise their startup’s profile as well as to connect to future partners, investors and customers.”

VentureCamp is based on the idea that launching a successful high-tech business in our new economy does not require you to be in Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley. It can be done anywhere with the right people. Jeff Hoffman captures it best as he notes, “I don’t spend time launching companies anymore. I launch entrepreneurs.”

Mentor Bios included below. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jennifer Chikes at 917-657-5476 or

VentureCamp is a fully immersive new Startup Ecosystem taking place in luxury estates around the world. Leveraging world-renowned serial entrepreneurs and a proven curriculum, VentureCamp guides and coaches participants to launch successful businesses in 8 weeks

The Kessler Mansion will host the initial VentureCamp this June in Indianapolis. Featured on HGTV’s Extreme Home, the estate is 26,000 square feet and includes such unique features as quartz walls and floating staircases.

Sponsors & Partners

VentureCamp is pleased to partner with the following organizations to promote entrepreneurship everywhere.

Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)
EO is a global community that enriches members’ lives through dynamic peer-to-peer learning and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We are the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life

ShiftGroup’s mission is to create a sustainable world, transformed by entrepreneurs. Moving businesses to more sustainable, environmentally aware and socially responsible models through empowered entrepreneurs’ innovations. ShiftGroup program participants learn to leverage profits from implementation of social and environmental practices, lead their industry with state-of-the-art sustainable business practices, increase success rate by joining an experienced entrepreneur community, and compete effectively through constant entrepreneur training.

The International Women Leadership Association (The IWLA)
It is the dream, the passion, the commitment – and the challenge – of The International Women’s Leadership Association to provide useful, meaningful resources to every mother, daughter, sister, and friend that enhance every woman’s opportunity to reach her greatest level of personal and professional development; and in so doing make it possible for every women to realize her own goals, her own potential, her own dreams.

Compass Fellowship
The Compass Fellowship, supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, is a global family of young social innovators supported by peer and professional Mentors. The Compass Fellowship is a one-year program that identifies the most passionate firstyear undergraduates at schools around the country, inspires them to start a social venture, and empowers them to solve the world’s greatest problems with sociallyconscious business.

Syracuse Sandbox
The Syracuse Student Sandbox is a unique business incubator that gives aspiring student entrepreneurs the resources to make their visions a reality. The objective of the Sandbox is to accelerate the process of ideation, development and deployment through mentoring and coaching. The twelve week experiential based program has an end-goal of producing revenue generating entities or investment ready firms.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
Entrepreneurship as a field of study at colleges and universities across the U.S. and around the world has become a leading subject at the undergraduate and graduate level. With this increased attention, it is more important than ever to give students the opportunities to network not only with their student peers, but with fellow entrepreneurs in the business world to promote entrepreneurship at all levels and in all environments. And, this is where CEO comes in.

VeTransfer provides a hands-on learning experience for Veterans who want to become entrepreneurs. Unlike traditional business plan writing programs that focus on ideas, VeTransfer’s programs focus on ACTION. Veterans directly engage with customers to test the validity of their business model, while interacting with mentors that can help interpret what the Veteran is hearing from potential customers. VeTransfer is a national program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs to support Veteran entrepreneurship.

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 17 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneurs.




Jeff Hoffman
Jeff Hoffman is a serial entrepreneur and internationally recognized innovator who has been a founder and CEO in a number of startups and high growth companies, including,, and ColorJar. Jeff writes a regular column on innovation and entrepreneurship for Inc. Magazine, and works with the White House, the Executive Office of the President, and the US State Department, to support business and economic growth initiatives all over the world.

Mike DeLazzer
Co-Founder, RedBox
Co-Founder, Gaton Ltd
Founder, GetAMovie
Founder, Kodel Corp.
Mike DeLazzer is a serial entrepreneur who in 2006 he was inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneur Hall of Fame for his work as founder of GetAMovie Inc., which developed the Redbox kiosk. In 2009 he was given a lifetime achievement award from the Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization for his word in supporting entrepreneurship globally. In 2010 Mike founded and funded Gaton Ltd., a non-profit organization that fosters entrepreneurship in Ghana,West Africa.

Karl Mehta
Founder, Playspan
Founder, Grassroots Innovations Network (GrIN)
Partner, Menlo Ventures
Karl Mehta is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and Founder &former CEO of Playspan, Inc. (acquired by Visa Inc. in March 2011), an Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest growing companies and a leader in monetization platforms for online games, social networks and new media. In 2010, he was the award winner of the Ernst &Young “Entrepreneur of Year” for Northern California/ SF Bay Area. Karl was selected by the Obama Administration to serve as the White House Presidential Innovation Fellow in 2012, and he was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to sit on the California Workforce Investment Board. He recently joined Menlo Ventures as a partner.

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova
Co-founder, P3GM
Co-Founder, Infrastructure Media Group Holdings
Co-Founder, PVBLIC Foundation
Co-Founder, Fuel Outdoor
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist working at the intersection of media and leveraging public-private partnerships for social impact. In 2011, he co-founded Infrastructure Media Group Holdings, a holding company focused on global infrastructure, energy, commodities and public-private partnerships. Sergio has received numerous awards including Dell Inc’s #Inspired 100 leading global influencers in entrepreneurship and multiple awards from New York Enterprise Report in the fields of Marketing, Green Business, Social Responsibility, and Mergers & Acquisitions.

Albert Angel
Founder, CertiCall
Chairman, Redfish Media
Chairman, AWE Management Company, Ltd.
Albert Angel is an entrepreneur and a former U.S. Department of Justice lawyer who has had a string of successes with interactive service companies. He has an extensive background in the telecommunications and online payment fields. Throughout the years has remained active in helping to shape interactive services policy on a pro-bono basis, typically in trade association leadership positions.

Chad Folkening
Founder, eCorp
Founder, Global Ventures
Co-Founder, Domain Holdings
Chad Folkening is a life-long entrepreneur and a leader in domain investments and website development for almost two decades. He has been instrumental in providing real value to end-users through domains and websites, monetizing components for investors, and coordinating with government officials to define and protect the burgeoning domain industry, often called the virtual real estate of the future. Chad has successfully built, sold and acquired websites that have led to development deals and partnerships with leading hi tech and Fortune 500 companies. In 1996, he founded Global Ventures, a technology-based venture development, advisory and investment group established with over 20,000 premium internet domains.

Giadha DeCarcer
CEO, GNI International, LLC
Executive Director, Grassroots Innovations Network (GrIN)
Executive Director, Women Entrepreneurship Reinforcement (WeR)
Giadha DeCarcer is a serial entrepreneur focused on technology and high growth emerging markets. Giadha utilizes her decade of experience in finance, business management, international trade, and government relations to launch and support new ventures with a specific focus on promoting females and veterans within the entrepreneurial arena. Currently the founder and CEO of GNI International, LLC, she serves as Executive Director of two non-profit organizations, Grassroots Innovations Network (GrIN) and the Women Entrepreneurship Reinforcement (WeR).


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