3 Central Florida startups headed to venture capital conference


Florida Venture Forum has selected 20 Florida-based companies to pitch their products and services to dozens of venture capitalists who will attend a statewide conference, and three of those companies selected are based in Central Florida.

The ninth annual Early Stage Capital Conference that will be held in St. Petersburg on May 17 also will give the 20 startups a chance to compete for $150,000 in cash awards from Space Florida — provided those companies are involved in space-based technologies. However, being on stage to present could be a win for any company, as it puts them in the spotlight in front of all the guests — many of whom are investors.