Rupert Meghnot is a lifelong entrepreneur, having started his first business at 20, and still going strong. He’s earned a B.S. in political science from Michigan State University, an M.B.A. from Rollins College, and patents in consumer electronics, motion simulation and virtual reality. He’s also an Orlando Business Journal “40 Under 40” awardee, and was recently voted as one of the Global Game Industry’s “50 Over 50”.
As an educator, he taught Entertainment Technology at the University of Central Florida (6 yrs), and Project Management at Full Sail’s Game Design Masters degree program (6+ yrs) - the former students of which have managed $billions in game IP.
As founder of Burnout Game Ventures, LLC (Game Dev: Accelerated™), he creates economic development through game development. More than an incubator/accelerator/investor/publisher, his “Venturator™” teaches clients “how to fish”, to create true wealth through consistent growth. With nearly 600 people in their Talent Pool, approx. 90 of whom are working on 7 projects for 6 tech startups, they have 38 product releases scheduled over the next 24 months. They’ve also been paying monthly ROI to their investors for more than 3 years (1/3 have reinvested).
Through his Virtual Entrepreneur consulting practice (est. 1992), he’s consulted hundreds of companies - from high-tech startups to Fortune 100 firms - in the areas of project management, product development, business, entrepreneurial & market planning, and capital acquisition (helping raise $18+ million for his own ventures and others’). He has been at the epicenter of Central Florida’s entrepreneurial and tech ecosystems for decades, and serves as an Advisor for several of the area’s most exciting organizations. His popular Meal with a Mentor™ program is well into the hundreds. If you’re thinking about starting a business, and want do it right the first time, this is the person you need to know.