SWFL VenturePitch Competition (Punta Gorda)
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The VenturePitch SWFL series is part of the Tamiami Angel Funds’ initiative to build a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem from Sarasota to Naples. Modeled after the popular Shark Tank television show, entrepreneurs make a brief pitch to seasoned investors on stage in front of an audience. More information here.

Early Stage Capital for Entrepreneurs (Miami)
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Venture Hive
1010 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33132

Most high growth start-ups are fueled by capital – product development, staffing, go-to market. There are many avenues for raising capital and an increasing number of unique investment models available for entrepreneurs to pursue.
Listen to a panel discussion featuring 4 professional investors in early stage businesses. Hear what models they use to invest in, support, and help grow the companies they work with. What financing models and structures are available to entrepreneurs? What criteria to does each investor look for in transaction? What are the best ways to engage with sources of outside capital?

Seating will be limited to 70, so please register early to reserve your spot. Agenda as follows:

  • 6-7pm: Networking
  • 7-8:30pm: Panel discussion/program
    • 7-8pm: Moderator questions for the panel
    • 8-8:30pm: Q&A from the audience
  • 8:30-9pm: Networking

Panelist Moderator

Andrew Heitner

Andrew Heitner is founder and director of Alcon Partners, a buy-side advisory firm that assists Private Equity firms and corporate M&A departments source and evaluate acquisition opportunities, with offices in Miami, Boston, and Vermont. He also owns Alcon Technology Consulting, Inc., a telecommunications firm based in Boston. Read more here.


Germån Montoya

Germán Montoya is a Co-founder and Chief Strategy & Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs, where he oversees global business development strategy and new venture creation. Read more here.

Melissa Krinzman

Melissa Krinzman is the Managing Partner of Krillion Ventures, a $50 million early stage venture capital firm that actively invests in early stage technology companies solving problems in healthcare, financial services, and real estate. Read more here

Thomas “Tigre” Wenrich

Tigre recently joined The LAB Miami as CEO and is launching LAB. Ventures, a “venture builder” that aims to create game-changing new businesses in partnership with the region’s best entrepreneurial talent and leading corporations. Read more here.


Jeff Toewe joined AthenianVenture Partners, an established venture capital firm that specializes in early stage Information Technology, Digital Health and Healthcare investing, in 2015 and serves on the firm’s investment team, focusing on Information Technology investments. Read more here.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for this event?
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About the MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida (MITEF):

MITEF is a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational programs and services that promote and strengthen innovation the intersection of business and technology throughout the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

Interested in getting involved with the MIT Enterprise Forum? We are expanding our 2017 volunteer committees.Check out the available positions today.

Rollins Venture Plan Competition Final Round (Winter Park)
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rollins Venture Plan Competition Rules & Guidelines

The Rollins Venture Plan Competition provides members of the Central Florida community an opportunity to take an idea for a new product or business and develop a plan to introduce it to the marketplace. New ventures are defined as seed, start-ups, buyouts, the expansion of established enterprises, or site-specific franchises. Participating teams are encouraged to create and present a plan that clearly illustrates creativity and potential for success.

Key Dates:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – Application Goes Live

The submission form and instructions can be accessed at:

Monday, February 6, 2017, 11:59 p.m. – Submission Deadline

All submission materials must be received by the deadline in order for teams to participate in the competition. No extensions will be given. A panel of qualified judges will evaluate the submissions and select the semi-finalists. Up to 16 teams will be selected to move on to the Semi-final Round.

Friday, February 24, 2017 – Semi-Finalists Announced

The semi-finalists will be announced to all participants by email by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24.

W-Th, March 1-2, 2017 – Semi-Finalists Dry Run

The semi-finalists will have an opportunity to present to Rollins entrepreneurship faculty and 1st round judges to receive feedback on their presentations in a consequence free environment in advance of the semi-finals.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 11:59 p.m. – Slide Decks Due

Semi-finalists are required to submit their slide decks that will be used in the semi-final round of the competition. Subsequent changes may be made by finalists after the semi-final round.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Semi-Final Round

Presentations of no more than 8 minutes will be made by the semi-finalist teams to a qualified panel of judges. Up to 5 minutes of questions by the judges will be asked to each team. The judges will determine the 4 teams that will move on to the Final Round of competition. Finalists will be notified following the deliberation of the judges, immediately following the semi-final presentations.

Thursday, March 30, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Final Round

The 4 teams chosen for the finals will present again to a new panel of qualified judges. The judges will determine the winners of the competition. Winners will be notified following the deliberation of the judges, immediately after the final presentations.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The competition is open to ventures headquartered in Central Florida, including the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Polk, Lake, Volusia, and Brevard.
  • Revenues generated by the proposed venture must not have exceeded $100,000 over the life of the venture as of December 31, 2016.
  • The proposed venture must not have raised more than $100,000 in debt or equity financing from any source other than founding team members as of December 31, 2016. Teams must clearly disclose the amounts and sources of all capital raised in their entries.
  • Submissions and presentations must be the original work of the competition teams.


The judges for the live, semi-final and final rounds of the competition will be comprised of experienced entrepreneurs and investors in the business community. While each judge has his/her own idea about what constitutes a great opportunity for a new venture, there are some criteria that all judges will take into account:

  1. Product or Service: description of product or service, features and benefits, pricing, current stage of development and intellectual property if any
  2. Market Opportunity: size of market opportunity, competitive analysis, needs identification and gaps identified in current product and service offerings in the market
  3. Go to Market Strategy: clearly outlined sales and marketing strategy
  4. Management Team: backgrounds of key individuals, ability to execute strategy, personnel gaps and organizational structure
  5. Financials: presented in summary form, easy to understand, consistent with plan, well researched and thought through
  6. Use of Capital: what would the use of funds be if $50,000 were given to the company today


Finalists will all receive cash prizes. Prize amounts will be announced prior to the competition.

Prize distribution in 2016 was as follows:

  • 1st $25,000
  • 2nd $15,000
  • 3rd $7,500
  • 4th $2,500

Through a partnership with venVelo, a Winter Park-based, early-stage venture capital firm, the winner of the Rollins Venture Plan Competition is automatically offered an additional $25,000 equity investment to go along with their $25,000 in prize money.

Prize Money Distribution:

Prior to the competition, participants must elect how they prefer all prize money won to be distributed, whether to a business entity associated with the competing venture concept or to the individual participants on the team. If to individuals, it must also be specified if the prize money is to be distributed evenly among the participants on the team or divided up in some other way by percentage of total prize money won. If the total prize money awarded to a team is in excess of $10,000, the prize money must be distributed to a business entity associated with the competing concept. If no such business entity exists, the team must form an entity associated with the competing concept in order to receive the prize money.

Please direct all questions to: Gabrielle Feulner

Women Making Waves in Tech Luncheon (Tampa)
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Women Making Waves in Tech Luncheon

  • 31 Mar 2017
  • 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Maestro’s at The Straz
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  • A copy of Jena’s book is included in this price. Jena will be signing prior to her presentation.

Working Women of Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay WaVE are co-hosting “Women Making Waves in Tech” Luncheon at Maestro’s at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Learn from some amazing entrepreneurs and connect with some of the coolest women making waves is the tech industry here in Tampa Bay and beyond.

About Our Keynote Speaker:

Jena Abernathy is a nationally recognized leader in human capital management, succession planning, governance, performance excellence, and organizational development. She is a passionate advocate for women and minorities in executive and governing board roles. Known for her innovative spirit, seasoned judgment, and broad knowledge, she has written for and been featured in a wide variety of media, including CNN, the Financial Times, CBS Money Watch, FOX Business, The Leader Board,, Investor’s Business Daily, Shape, Trustee, and the Miami Herald, among other prominent business, financial, and healthcare publications. A sought-after speaker, she inspires and motivates individuals with her expertise, “tough-love” approach, and Southern flair sprinkled with real-life examples and lessons. Her book The Inequality Equalizer: Want It, Claim It, Own It—and Maximize Your Career Success speaks to professionals, whether entry level, mid-careerist or senior executives, seeking to advance to the next platform on their career journey. An executive search expert, Jena is a managing partner/chair of Board Services, senior partner in Healthcare/Life Sciences. She coaches candidates and assists clients in identifying board members, CEOs, and other C-suite leaders for hospitals, health systems, foundations, and academic medical centers, as well as private equity, manufacturing, distribution, and healthcare corporations.

Following our keynote, there will be a panel discussion about the gender gap – compensation, startup funding and women on boards. Join our engaging conversation about how far we’ve come, how much further we have to go and how we get there.

Panelists include:

The WaVE is a ‘by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs’ non-profit helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing tech businesses in Tampa Bay
A Celebration of Innovation (Gainesville)
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm


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A Celebration of Innovation Startup Showcase, April 4, 2017

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The University of Florida ranks among the nation’s leaders at transferring world-class research to partners who turn these discoveries into commercial products that make the world a better place. If you are an investor, entrepreneur or other interested party who has the resources needed to partner with us, we hope you will join us at A Celebration of Innovation, UF’s eleventh annual startup showcase.

Showcase-promo-logo-with-five-entities-represented-smallerA Celebration of Innovationis a unique opportunity to see startup companies commercializing the latest life science, medical device, and cutting-edge technologies generated as a result of the more than $700 million in research conducted annually at UF. Those interested in licensing, commercializing, investing or otherwise becoming involved with getting new discoveries to the marketplace will want to mark their calendars to attend.

You can find the latest information on panelists and presenting companies on the agenda page.

When: April 4, 2017; Startup Showcase is 12 pm to 5 pm. Inventor Recognition Ceremony and Reception follows from 5 pm to 7 pm.

WhereHilton University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St., 352-371-3600, 1-800-HILTONS

Rooms at the Hilton start at $144/night through March 4.

Please contact the hotel directly for reservations, and make sure you mention the showcase.

For registration and logistics information, please contact the University of Florida Conference Department, 352 392-1701.

For meeting content, please contact UF Tech Connect® Coordinator Kathy Sohar, 352-846-1840.

Starting Up in Tech: Trials & Triumphs from South Florida Entrepreneurs
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Join Endeavor Miami at Axis Space for Starting Up in Tech: Trials & Triumphs from South Florida Entrepreneurs! The discussion will feature two South Florida entreprenuers, Donato Montanaro and Seth Cassel, who have successfully created (even sold) tech companies in our local ecosystem. Come learn from those that know best about the rocky road to success in tech, and network with fellow attendees from the Axis Space and Endeavor communities.

Date: Thursday, April 20th

Time: 6-7:30 PM (Networking from 6-6:30 PM, discussion from 6:30-7:30 PM)

Drinks & appetizers provided. Parking available first-come, first-served at Axis Space.

About the Speakers

Donato Montanaro

Co-founder/Former CEO of TradeKing (Endeavor Mentor)

Donato Montanaro is a successful serial entrepreneur who currently describes himself as “between gigs”. Most recently, Don was Co-Founder and CEO of TradeKing Group, Inc., an innovative online brokerage and wealth management company acquired by Ally Financial (NYSE: ALLY) in 2016. Don has been at the forefront of online stock and option trading since its infancy, driving the evolution of the modern brokerage by connecting independent investors’ needs with visionary ideas made possible through breakthrough technology. Before co-founding TradeKing in 2005, Don was previously Founder and President of online broker SureTrade, Inc., a subsidiary of Quick & Reilly and later Fleet Financial. Under Don’s leadership, SureTrade grew to be one of the largest online brokerage firms worldwide. Donato earned his J.D. from The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Seth Cassel 

Co-Founder & President of EveryMundo (Endeavor Entrepreneur)

Seth Cassel is the Co-Founder and President of EveryMundo, the performance marketing technology and services company specializing in airline eCommerce and multilingual online customer acquisition. The company’s areas of expertise include Multichannel Online Marketing and Acquisition, Analytics, Search Engine Marketing, and Search Engine Optimization – all driven by EveryMundo’s proprietary technology. Seth holds a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Harvard University. Previous to his role at EveryMundo, Seth built two other companies: a start-up consulting firm and a music management company. Previous professional roles include stints at Sony Music and Citigroup. Seth regularly lectures and sits on panels regarding his subject matter expertise. Recently, Seth has spoken at airline e-Commerce events organized by Terrapinn, Airline Information, and IATA, presenting to leading travel executives. He also lectures on search engine marketing and optimization to digital marketing students in the Miami-based program run by Tecnológico de Monterrey, the leading technology university of Mexico.

Trends in Raising Capital Workshop (Orlando)
May 18 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm


The  Florida Venture Forum and the Angel Resource Institute are collaborating to bring you “Trends in Raising Capital” Workshop, taught by the Angel Resource Institute’s lead instructor, Troy Knauss on May 18, 2017 from 2:30 P.M.- 5:30 P.M. at the Omni ChampionsGate Resort (National C Ballroom) in Orlando, Florida.

Fees: In combination with the following full day event: 2017 Early Stage Capital Conference the registration fee is $25.00 per person for registered attendees. The standalone registration fee is $55.00 for non registered Early Stage Conference attendees.


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Trends in Raising Capital  Workshop Sponsored By:

MAY 18, 2017 | 2:30 P.M. –  5:30 P.M.

Troy Knauss, Lead Instructor,
Angel Resource Institute

Troy is a partner in a number of angel funds and networks that invest in high-growth and turnaround companies. Troy has over 20 years of experience in family, growth, and start-up businesses. In addition to his fund activities, Troy is an exited entrepreneur with start-up and growth management experience in food processing, brand building, software development, and eCommerce sales channels. Troy is an active investor in multiple companies. On Twitter:@TroyKnauss


Whether you are an early stage investor or an entrepreneur, having a strong understanding of the latest trends in the world of early stage equity investing can help ensure that your next deal is a good one.

There are many ways to do a deal. The key is to have the right data and knowledge to do the right deal.

The Angel Resource Institute has developed a fact-driven workshop, Trends in Raising Capital, that strips away the opinions and anecdotes and gets straight to the point.

Trends in Raising Capital presents the latest trends in angel investing and venture capital. This workshop covers the trends in best practices for analyzing the capital raising environment, meeting investor expectations, and current preferences in valuation methodologies and deal structuring.

Trends in Raising Capital also includes unique survey data from ACA member angel groups on what they really look for in business plans and presentations, how that compares to what they’re actually receiving from entrepreneurs, and the best sources of deals.

Modules in Trends in Raising Capital include:
Current Environment for Raising Capital
Analysis of data from multiple industry leading sources provides a deep overview of the latest investment trends and investor preferences.

Analytic Methods & Tools
Walks through the basics of investment returns (home runs make up for strikeouts), such as the dynamics of angel investor & VC relationships, and examples of how a fund’s size dictates its investment size.

Term Sheet Mechanics
A discussion of many key deal terms, concepts and approaches every angel investor will use such as liquidation preferences and anti-dilution clauses.

Meeting Investor Expectations
Uses survey data compiled from over 500 angel investors the Halo Report to set up discussions of best practices for company documents (i.e., executive summary, business plan, slide deck, financial model) as well as due diligence and governance.

Company Valuation
A review of current valuation data, particularly for pre-revenue companies, as well as primary methods used by experienced angel investors.

Startup Angels Workshop (Miami)
May 23 @ 6:00 pm – May 24 @ 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:


eMerge Americas (Miami)
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day


eMerge Americas is the platform for the advancement of technology, a forum for idea exchange, and a launch pad for innovation connecting Latin America, North America, and Europe.


With a clear mission of establishing Miami as the tech hub of the Americas, eMerge Americas has made its mark on the technology scene in a short amount of time. Once the idea was conceived, the Technology Foundation of the Americas was created to help advance the tech ecosystem. Now in its fourth year, Miami’s homegrown tech conference is building momentum, attracting a global audience, and connecting investors with innovators.


It’s a powerful new frontier for innovation. Every major industry across the Americas is feeling the impact of today’s rapid advances. What are the most pressing issues? How is each industry responding? At eMerge Americas, explore how key technologies and trends are driving innovation across the industry sectors—Innovate, Mega, Health, EdTech, Finance and Country Pavilions.



JAVIER F. AVIÑÓPartner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP