Tampa and Miami – The Florida Venture Forum has selected 20 Florida-based companies to present at its 9th annual 2016 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference being held at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg, Florida on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
“We had a record number of applications this year and our selection committee did an outstanding job of choosing 20 of Florida’s most promising early stage companies,” said Jennifer Dunham, partner at Arsenal Venture Partners, chair of the conference selection committee and a board member of the Florida Venture Forum. “The Forum’s Early Stage Capital Conference continues to grow every year and has become one of the largest and most important gatherings of angel and early stage investors in the State.”
In addition to company presentations and other programming, the Conference will feature a total of $150,000 in cash awards presented to the first, second and third place winning companies, provided by Space Florida. Past early stage presenters have attracted more than $36 million in funding.
Presenters were selected from a pool of approximately 100 applicants by a committee of active Florida venture capitalists and other investors, and will present to an audience of investors, other deal professionals and entrepreneurs. The 20 presenting companies are listed below, by region:
Central/East Central Florida
Daytona 1, Holly Hill (www.daytona1.net), designs formulas and products for various applications in the racing market.
Harvest CROO Robotics, Plant City (www.harvestcroo.com), develops robotics for agriculture. They are currently in the process of completing development of a robotic strawberry picker.
Home for Life Design, Sanford (www.homeforlifedesign.com), is the leading home assessment solution enabling the 73 million people over age 50 to remain in their home longer and safer.
MYOLYN, LLC., Gainesville (www.myolyn.com), is a medical technology company that uses electrical stimulation to help people living with paralysis regain their mobility, health, and independence.
Sigarca, Archer (www.sigarca.com), is a water to energy and agricultural products company, specializing in anaerobic bioenergy technology for the food and agricultural industries.
Society+, Melbourne (www.society-plus.com), is an ecommerce retailer selling fashion forward, plus size clothing in an extended size range (sizes 14 – 32).
Verigo, Gainesville (www.verigo.io), is bringing visibility, accountability, and traceability to sensitive and perishable products to reduce supply chain inefficiencies and help keep the products you rely on safe.
Candidate.Guru, Inc., Weston (www.candidate.guru), is a paradigm changing human resource tool
that uses cloud-based, big data analytics to predict a culture “fit” between job candidates and potential employers.
Festival Pros, Miami (www.FestivalPros.com), organizes the world’s festivals and enables commerce for event organizers and local businesses to sell any product or service, creating a one stop shop for visitors.
Generatorsmart, Doral (www.generatorsmart.com), is a designer and manufacturer of a wide range of power generation equipment and other engine-powered products designed to be ultra light, compact and easy to use.
Their hybrid drone is set to revolutionize the commercial drone market by allowing drones to fly for hours.
Streann Media, Miami (www.streann.com), provides the tools required for content providers (cable operators, TV broadcasters, mobile operators) to go “over the top” (OTT) of their current distribution technology platforms and offer their viewers the next generation “TV Everywhere Experience.”
Symptify, Sunny Isles Beach (www.symptify.com), is a virtual doctor that helps users decipher causes for their symptoms, what to do about them and where to go for help.
Alakai Defense Systems, Inc., Largo (www.alakaidefensesystems.com), is a technology company specializing in laser and electro-optical sensing of explosives, homemade explosives, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the #1 killer of our troops and weapon-of-choice to terrorists worldwide.
D2 Health Management, LLC, Tampa (www.d2genetics.com), delivers meaningful personalized medicine to patients, providing health care professionals the necessary tools to leverage their knowledge and truly individualized treatment plans based on a patient’s DNA.
Fresco Foods, Inc., Tampa (www.eatfrescofoods.com), is a line of packaged prepared foods that take a fresh and local approach, creating restaurant quality meals with all natural and organic ingredients.
KynderMed, St. Petersburg (www.kyndermed.com), is a safe, medical device using novel technology to prevent
PikMyKid, Tampa (www.pikmykid.com), uses advanced algorithms and relational positioning methodology embedded in proprietary software to streamline the entire student dismissal process that provides real time updates to parents. PikMyKid also generates auditable records for school administration.
RankMiner Predictive Analytics, St. Petersburg (www.rankminer.com), is a predictive analytics company that extracts emotions and behaviors from voice conversations to predict human behavior.
TAO Connect, Inc., St. Petersburg (www.taoconnect.org), provides a suite of online tools (TAO tools) to clinics, private practitioners, college and university counseling centers, and community mental health centers for client education, interaction, accountability and progress assessment to facilitate effective treatment.
Washlava, Tampa, (www.washlava.com), is revolutionizing the self-service laundry industry for both consumers and operators through its patent-pending, mobile payment and revenue optimization platform.
Pre-registration for the 2016 Florida Venture Capital Conference is available through May 11, 2016. The walk-up registration rate will apply thereafter, based on availability. Conference attendees have the opportunity to listen to pitches from leading Florida companies. Additionally, on May 16, 2016, registered conference attendees are invited to register for a Pitching to Investors workshop, taught by lead instructor Troy Knauss of the Angel Resource Institute. The workshop is an add-on event with an additional charge to attend.