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    • Entrepreneurship events a show of force of angels, startups
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      By far the No. 1 complaint I hear from startups is that there is a dearth of serious local investors. So when I received an invitation to an event called Meet The Angels, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By sheer numbers, there were a lot of angels in the house. Eighteen angel groups participated in panel discussions and 565 people attended the event Wednesday night at a Boca Raton Embassy Suites ballroom put on by the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association. Most of the groups were from the tri-county area although a few were from Tampa and Orlando, including the Florida Angel Nexus, an investor in Miami-based startup Kairos. Some of the groups were not very active in terms of number of investments in South Florida companies. Continue reading

    • Florida Angel Nexus expands services for investors
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      A statewide network of angel investors is rolling out an online portal to connect entrepreneurs and investors. Florida Angel Nexus aims to solve challenges for early-stage investors, who only want to commit small amounts of money but still must complete laborious due diligence for each company, Chief Operating Officer Kathy Chiu said. Continue reading

    • Business Incubator Brings Coworking Space To Bradenton
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      A new “innovation center” for entrepreneurs and small business owners is unofficially open in Bradenton. Collaborative coworking, along with an incubation program to provide formal education and mentoring for client companies, is the focus of the space. The Innovation Center will also house a cafe, training areas, open workspaces, and several dedicated workstations for regular visitors. Offices for incubator clients are currently being built out. Continue reading

    • Q&A with Maurice Ferré: What’s next after MAKO?
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      “Today marks a milestone, a watershed moment,” Maurice R. Ferré told his employees last December, on the day of the sale of MAKO Surgical. “It is the end of a nine-year startup company that grew up, a company that went against all odds and succeeded in starting the orthopedic robotic revolution. . . . Remember that this journey is far from over, rather it is being catapulted to new levels and opportunities.” And, he added, “there is so much more to do” — words he has personally taken to heart. Continue reading

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