Tampa–Space Florida and Florida Venture Forum in partnership with Hillsborough County, will co-host the 2016 Florida Venture Tech Showcase on November 1, 2016 at CAMLS (Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation) in downtown Tampa. Event details, company criteria and presenter’s application are available on the Florida Venture Forum’s website. THE FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR PRESENTERS IS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016.
The half-day afternoon Showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event featuring presentations by some of Florida’s most promising growth-stage companies who are cash positive and established in business. Troy Knauss, instructor with the Angel Resource Institute will be the special guest speaker. Selected presenting companies will compete for the Space Florida Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award totaling $150,000: $100,000 for the Winner and $50,000 for the First Runner-Up.
“Space Florida is excited to continue its partnership with the Florida Venture Forum in a statewide effort to promote Florida’s entrepreneurs and highlight the rapidly growing statewide capital formation capacity,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “Events like the Tech Showcase combined with the Florida Venture Forum’s expertise, provide tremendous investment opportunities for growth-stage companies.”
“Accessing capital and building strategic relationships with partners and advisors are major challenges for Florida entrepreneurs,” said Kevin Burgoyne, President of the Florida Venture Forum. “Space Florida’s innovative AI Award for Tech Showcase entrepreneurs offers them ‘one stop shopping’ for the resources they need to grow and thrive.”
Presenters will be chosen from a pool of applicants by a selection committee evaluating growth-stage companies based throughout Florida. A panel of judges will interact with presenters during each presentation through a Q&A process. Selection criteria for growth stage companies are listed on the Forum’s website. Selection preference will be given to those growth stage companies in information technology and health technology, knowledge-based services, space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, International Space Station and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security & robotics, adventure tourism, clean /alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products.
About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov.
About The Florida Venture Forum: The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference. www.flventure.org.