Shark Tank

Shark Tank: One Entrepreneur’s Journey 

Starting a business is hard, but it can be extremely rewarding.  In this interactive, two-part series, hear from a woman entrepreneur who has done it 6 times, including raising more than $12 Million dollars in venture capital investment. What is it really like? What lessons did she learn? Talk to someone who has "been there, done that."  Julia doesn't sugar coat it. She tells you about some of her best and worst moments.  


Part 1: Wednesday, February 3 – 3pm

To VC or Not to VC: Venture Capital Investment vs. Boot-strapping

Who should raise venture capital and why? How hard is it? How long does it take and how do you do it? How much of your company do you have to give away? Is it different for women and minorities? Get answers to these questions and more. 


Part 2: Thursday, February 4 – 3pm

Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Relationship Management in a Venture Capital Backed Company

Board and investor relationships can make or break an early stage or venture backed company.  In what ways can it help or hurt? How can you prevent toxic relationships? How can you manage them? What other relationships can have an impact? What factors matter the most?



Julia MacGregor-Peralta, MS MBA, is a technology entrepreneur, executive and thought leader with more than 25 years of experience in hands-on business management and growing companies from start up through growth stage. Most recently she served as President and CEO of the Tampa based technology company, Global Safety Management (GSM), her 6th business, for which she raised over $12 million dollars in venture capital. Her businesses have ranged from a franchise in the education sector, to a translation company, and most recently a software venture in the chemical and regulatory industry. She grew three of her companies to several million dollars in revenue. Twenty years ago she also went through a bankruptcy, which she shares openly. When asked why she is so candid, she says it is because failures, large and small, are part of the building blocks of success.

Julia is passionate about entrepreneurship and leadership, especially for women and minorities. She spends her free time mentoring other entrepreneurs, speaking at business events and helping build the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Julia serves on multiple corporate and non-profit boards. 

As a recognized business leader, she has won numerous awards, such as the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year (2018) and the Tampa Chamber’s Business Leader of the Year Finalist (2018). 

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Thursday, February 4 at 3:00pm

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Entrepreneurship Programs

Colleges and Schools

Honors College, J. Mack Robinson College of Business


Students, Alumni



Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute, Honors College, LaunchGSU


Host University/Institution/Unit/Company

In partnership with the Honors College and the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute

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