TechCrunch Meetup + Pitch-Off (Miami)
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Cream of the Miami Startup Crop

TechCrunch’s legendary meetup + pitch-off event is coming to Miami! Join us for beer, good conversation, and a battle to the death to see which entrepreneurs can dazzle and excite the judges in under sixty seconds. And whether you’re an investor, entrepreneur, dreamer or tech enthusiast, we want to see you at the event so we can grab a beer and hear your thoughts. Come one, come all. It’s sure to be a night to remember.

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Paris Theater
550 Washington Avenue
Miami, FL 33139


We’ll select approximately 10 great Florida-based startups to explain to our panel of VCs and TechCrunch editors why their startup is awesome in 60 seconds or less. You’ll be competing for an opportunity to attend our flagship event TechCrunch Disrupt in New York on May 15-17.


A table in Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt NY


Two tickets to attend TechCrunch Disrupt NY


One ticket to attend TechCrunch Disrupt NY


Applications are closed. You can still display your startup at our event with a startup demo table.


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You must be 21+ to attend this event. Questions? Email Tickets are non-refundable.

Orlando Tech and Beer (Orlando)
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Orlando Tech and Beer….helping the tech community one conversation at a time

  • Thursday, February 23, 2017


  • The Social Orlando

    54 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801, Orlando, FL (map)

  • Orlando tech and Beer will at The Social in downtown Orlando on February 23rd. We will be celebrating the announcement of our Orlando Tech and Beer Fund for local tech start-ups. To do so we are asking all local tech professionals, start ups and investors to come join us.

    A celebration would not be proper without live music so entertainment will be provided by local band Catalystix and to cheers to this great news beer and wine will be provided. Orlando tech and Beer is picking up the tab, thanks to local sponsors Pandera and REV so make sure to bring your co-workers and friends. Be sure to RSVP for free entry and drink bands.

    We look forward to seeing everybody there. For news, updates or questions about the Orlando Tech and Beer Fund and upcoming events please visit, cheers!

TiE Tampa Bay Startup Pitch Festival
Feb 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

February 23, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
USF Research Foundation’s Galleria at USFCONNECT (Oakview Room)
3802 Spectrum Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
$25 and above. Free for members.

You are invited to attend a Pitch Festival organized by TiE Tampa Bay as the preliminary round of TiE International Startup Competition. Ten startups will compete for an Audience Award, and a Judges’ Award.

The event, while free for members, requires pre-registration. Outcomes are an Audience Award (audience votes), and a Judges’ Award (judges will be picked from among several accredited investors who have pledged to form the soon-to-be-launched $2 million seed/early-stage impact-investment fund).

The competition on February 23rd, 2017 will be followed by dinner and networking for members and guests.

Both categories of winners, viz., Audience Award winner and the Judges’ Award winner will enjoy a free presence in TiE Tampa Bay’s booth on the expo show-floor at the world’s largest entrepreneurship conference, in Silicon Valley in the month of May 2017.

Further, the winner of the Judges’ Award will also move up to the global round and participate in the TiE International Startup Competition ( for the North America region in the Investor Track. The Investor Track will have 3 Regional Finalists: Asia, Europe, and North America. Winners from each Region get invited to TiEcon Silicon Valley for Global Finals. Winning teams will receive 2 passes to 2017, attend a one-day Power Boot camp hosted by TiE Silicon Valley, enjoy exposure to TiE Angels and VC’s, and a Booth at TiEcon for the top 3 Finalists from each of the three regions.

If you know startup entrepreneurs (membership of TiE is not required to pitch) who may be interested in presenting their companies at TiE Tampa Bay’s Pitch Festival, please ask them to apply here.

Program Schedule for Thursday, February 23rd, 2017:
6 p.m to 6:30 p.m. Cocktail hour (cash bar)
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Startup Pitch Festival in Oak View Room
8:00 p.m. – 9 p.m. Dinner and Jazz

Thanks are due to USFCONNECT, for generously offering TiE Tampa Bay and our guests the use of the Galleria for this very special event, and for their incredible support of our noble cause of fostering entrepreneurship.

Directions: The street address is: USF Research Foundation, Inc., 3802 Spectrum Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa, Florida 33612-9220

For directions use: A landmark to find USFCONNECT Galleria is that it is in the building marked USF Research, inside the USF Campus opposite Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens.

For a parking map for visitors to USFCONNECT Galleria go to After 6 p.m. you may park in the green or yellow zones. The Galleria is the space that connects Building 3720 and 3802.

Business of Biotech Conference (Tampa)
Feb 24 @ 7:45 am – 3:00 pm
8:30 – 9:15
Breakfast and Networking
9:15 – 11:00
Welcome and Keynote Address
Sam Donaldson conducts a conversation with Dr. George Golumbeski
11:30 – 12:30
Breakout Sessions
– Efficiences of Molecular Medicine: Delivery with Nanoparticles

– Portrait of a Partnership: Pharma and Academia

12:30 – 2:00
Lunch and Networking
1:15 – 1:45
– Moffitt Research Institute Shared Resources

– Moffitt Research Institute Vivarium
– Moffitt Cancer Center Hospital and Clinics

2:00 – 3:00
Breakout Sessions
– Genomics Era: Patent Strategies to Avoid the Slippery Slope

– Targeted Clinical Trials and the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN)

Dr. George Golumbeski – Celgene Corporation
Executive Vice President of Business Development for Celgene Corporation and the major innovator behind Celgene’s successful collaboration strategy and tactics.  Recently named one of the most influential people in the biotech industry.
Sam Donaldson
Former ABC News correspondent and current member of the Moffitt Board of Advisors conducts a conversation with Dr. Golumbeski about Celgene’s successful partnership strategy.
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A Dialog between Bill Grimm and Dennis Pape – What makes a company investable in Florida? An interview with Ben Patz, Managing General Partner, FAN Fund
Feb 24 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
A Dialog between Bill Grimm and Dennis Pape

The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business announces that Professor Bill Grimm and Dr. Dennis Pape will hold monthly sessions of “A Dialog between Bill Grimm and Dennis Pape” on mistakes made by entrepreneurs. The sessions will be on the last Friday of each month in the Crummer Building on the Rollins College campus.

Professor Grimm and Dr. Pape will cover the topics contained in Professor Grimm’s book, What Entrepreneurs Need to Know: Avoiding Big Mistakes that Can Prevent Success, available on
February 24, 2017
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
What makes a company investable in Florida? 
An interview with Ben Patz, Managing General Partner, FAN Fund
 Crummer Graduate School of Business
Rollins College  
Room 108
1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789   
 This event is free and open to the public.
Miami Finance Forum: Mapping Miami’s Financial Future (Miami)
Feb 24 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Signature Event
Knight Foundation


Key South Florida Leaders Driving Entrepreneurial and Business Success

This half day forum will provide insights into key business leaders instrumental in shaping the business and entrepreneurial landscape in South Florida.  The discussions will include commentary from successful women executives from diverse sectors along with an entrepreneurial panel sharing their personal journeys of business building.  Also, key note thoughts from global executives and business networking will round out the program.

February 24, 2017

12:30PM – 6PM

Four Seasons Miami

1435 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL‎


Members: $125
Non-Members: $175

Tom Hudson

Vice President of News & Special Correspondent WLRN
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Albert Santalo

Serial Entrepreneur & Venture Advisor

Albert Santalo is a computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur with experience in high growth, venture-backed technology companies having raised in excess of $100 million of equity capital from venture and angel investors for companies he has founded. He currently advises various technology ventures and founded Thrillient, a company thats assists traditional and e-commerce businesses with utilizing state-of-the-art payment and front-office technologies. Previously, he was Chairman and CEO of CareCloud, a company he founded in 2009 that is working to disrupt the status quo of healthcare IT with a modern, cloud-based platform. CareCloud is backed by Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Tenaya Capital, First Data Corporation, PNC Bank and Adams Street Partners.

Previously, Santalo was Chairman and CEO of Avisena, a venture-backed revenue cycle management company he founded for physicians that was sold in 2015.He is the lead inventor and has a U.S. patent for Avisena’s accounts receivable management methodology. He also worked at the Hackett Group / Answerthink working with Global 2000 companies.


The Characteristics of Success: Perspectives of Accomplished Women


Jane Wooldridge

Business & Visual Arts Editor, The Miami Herald
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Alice Bravo

Director, Miami-Dade, Department of Transportation and Public Works
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Carla Curiel

Carla Curiel

Co-Founder, Lanugo
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Pamela L. Kohl

Executive Vice President, Chief Products and Marketing Officer, Banco do Brasil Americas
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Rachel Loeffler

Global Head of Investment Banking & Private Equity Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence
View Bio

Julie Neitzel

Partner, WE Family Offices
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Entrepreneurs: Moments and Mentors

Matt Haggman

Matt Haggman

Miami Program Director, Knight Foundation
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Murilo Amaral

Co-Founder, Cargo42
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Leslie Baumann, M.D.

Founder & CEO, Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute
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Jessica Do Tully

Jessica Do Tully

Founder & CEO, Palmpress Coffee
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Juliana Fernández

Founder, AEI
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Raul Segredo

Co-Founder and President, Avionica
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Victor Mendelson

Co-President, HEICO Corporation

Victor H. Mendelson is the Co-President and a Director of New York Stock Exchange-traded HEICO Corporation. He founded HEICO’s Electronic Technologies Group in 1996 and has been its Chief Executive Officer since then.

Most identified as the world’s largest designer and maker of FAA-approved alternative commercial aircraft replacement parts, HEICO is a diversified aerospace, defense and electronics manufacturing and services company with production, engineering or distribution facilities in 20 states and 11 countries. HEICO has been named one of the “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” and as one of the “World’s Most Innovative Growth Companies” by Forbes.

Mendelson received his A.B. degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York and he received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. He was a recipient of the American Dreamer Award from Hispanic Unity of Florida, the Twelve Good Men Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida and the Impresario Award from the Florida Grand Opera Society.

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Startup Angels Workshop (Miami)
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm

Startup Angels is partnering with Aminta Ventures to bring the Startup Angel Workshop to Miami.

The workshop is divided into four sessions which provide new angels and wealth management professionals an introduction to the business of investing in technology startups, a framework for thinking about startup investing in the context of overall portfolio diversification, and a practical guide to the mechanics of choosing, negotiating and managing investments.

The workshop will take place at two locations. Day 1 (Feb 28) will be at Northern Trust, 600 Brickell Ave Suite 2400. Day 2 (Mar 1) will be at the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1951 NW 7th Ave.

About Aminta Ventures: A diverse coalition of South Florida female business leaders passionate about cultivating the next generation of female investors in our region. Aminta believes that through the growth of both female investors and women entrepreneurs, we can create a more diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem.


More info here:


Startup Grind Hosts Joey Flores (flexReceipts) (Orlando)
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm



FEBRUARY 28, 2017 / 6:00 PM


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Joey Flores has over 14 years of entrepreneurial experience. As CEO of Earbits, Mr. Flores raised over $1.7 million in funding from Y Combinator and other top investors. He and his team grew the company to feature 15,000 artists from over 600 record labels before selling the company in 2015. Prior to cofounding Earbits, Flores led business development for Affiliate Fuel, leading to its acquisition by Experian in 2005. After the acquisition, he took over management of the company and grew revenue from $19M to $48M in just under two years. Flores recently relocated to Orlando, Florida to join Y Combinator-backed flexReceipts as their VP of Business Development.


Joey Flores (flexReceipts)



Joey Flores has over 14 years of entrepreneurial experience. As CEO of Earbits, Mr. Flores raised over $1.7 million in funding from Y Combinator and other top investors. He and his team grew the company to feature 15,000 artists from over 600 record labels before selling the company in 2015. Prior to cofounding Earbits, Flores led business development for Affiliate Fuel, leading to its acquisition by Experian in 2005. After the acquisition, he took over management of the company and grew revenue from $19M to $48M in just under two years. Flores recently relocated to Orlando, Florida to join Y Combinator-backed flexReceipts as their VP of Business Development.

Date and Time
February 28, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Catalyst Spaces
1 South Orange Avenue, Suite 502
Orlando, 32801


6:00 pm Network, Food & Drinks
7:00 pm Guest Speaker
8:00 pm Meet the Speaker, Network





SUP-X: The StartUp Expo (Ft. Lauderdale)
Mar 6 – Mar 7 all-day
SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, a two day startup and early-stage conference and expo in Fort Lauderdale on March 6-7, 2017, the largest such conference in Florida and one of the largest in the country.


What: North America’s premier winter startup and early-stage conference
Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
When: March 6-7, 2017
Attendees:  1500+ startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, technologists
and service providers from 30+ states and 15+ countries
Investors:  350+ accredited investors from throughout North America
Startup Exhibitors:  50 startup exhibitors from three dozen+ North American cities competing for $50,000
Diversity Forum:  Special half-day forum devoted to addressing the needs of those who are typically under-served or under-represented in the entrepreneurship and VC communities
Speakers/Topics:  18 speeches and panels comprised of 50+ successful entrepreneurs and investors speaking on topics of interest to investors and entrepreneurs alike
Exhibitors:  100+ exhibitors
Partners/Sponsors:  100+ partners and sponsors from throughout North America
Discounts: 50% off General Admission Tickets:  SUPX17GA99
Discounts:  25% off VIP Passes:  SUPX17VIP299
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FuckUp Nights Orlando // Vol. I (Orlando)
Mar 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


FuckUp Nights Orlando // Vol. I



FuckUp Nights Orlando // Vol. I

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FuckUp Nights Orlando // Vol. I

Thu, March 9, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

$5 – $8.50

Event Information


FuckUp Nights is a global movement where stories of professional fuckups + failures are told, questioned, and celebrated.

Our Storytellers…

Suneera Madhani, CEO/Founder | Fattmerchant ~ Merchant Maverick

CEO/Founder at Fattmerchant, Suneera Madhani, realizes that business owners are frustrated with their merchant providers due to a lack of transparency and never-ending gimmicks. She decided to found her company, Fattmerchant, with the promise to establish a transparent subscription-based merchant services model that offers financial and strategic value to the everyday business owner. Since the launch of the company in mid-2014, Suneera has been recognized for her vast achievements and strength in various media such as Forbes, Fast Company, Yahoo, Tech Crunch, Huffington Post, Merchant Maverick, and the Orlando Business Journal. Fattmerchant has won numerous awards including the 2016 Bright House Regional Business Awards “Startup of the Year” Award, Grow FL’s Florida Companies to Watch award, the Emerging Business Plan category for NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Orlando, Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the IACC (Indian American Chamber of Commerce) Orlando, the Rollins Venture Plan Competition, and has been recognized by Merchant Maverick as a 5 star merchant services provider. In addition, Suneera was recently recognized as one of the Orlando Business Journal’s 40 under 40, by the Girl Scouts of Citrus council as a 2015 Woman of Distinction, and is the winner of the Rising Star category for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the community.

Terrence Donnelly, CEO/CTO | Teeps ~ Mobile Master

Terrence is a self-taught software engineer who was previously a career touring musician. Eventually, he realized he had a phone bill to pay and wasn’t making any money in music. He is the CEO and CTO of Teeps, an Orlando-based agency who designs and develops mobile apps that people want to use, with experts in mobile design and user experience.Terrence is responsible for steering Teeps as it grows as well as ensuring the company uses sustainable software development practices.

Joey Flores, VP of Business Development | flexReceipts ~ Tech Maestro

Joey is a passionate serial entrepreneur. Currently, he is the VP of Business Development for flexReceipts, an enhanced digital receipts solution, offering retailers a post-sale opportunity to communicate with their customers. Prior to flexReceipts, he served as Senior Vice President of Product and Business Development at You42, was the Co-Founder/CEO of Earbits (acquired by You42), and was the co-founder and Strategic Advisor for Joey has a keen knowledge of startups and internet marketing space making him a tech superstar.

Open Mic FuckUps…

We love great stories, that’s why we’re open the floor to anyone who has an epic professional fuckup to share…we’re all ears and you’ll win something good…we promise. Winner will be selected by votes from our storytellers and the audience.

On Tap…

6pm – 6:30pm ~ Grab a drink and start mingling

6:30pm – 8pm ~ Storytellers + Q & A, peppered with Open Mic FuckUps Competition

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