Florida Funders Orlando Investor Event
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for an exciting evening of hearing from several of Florida’s most exciting early-stage companies and learn from industry experts about early-stage investing.

Accredited investors must pre-register on our portal.

Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

THIS EVENT IS FOR ACCREDITED INVESTORS ONLY (This means you make more than $200k/year or have $1M$ in Assets)

poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Summit (Virtual)
Sep 6 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

It’s time to get focused on the areas you need help with

Unlike physical conferences where you can end up sitting through content you just don’t need, poweredUP Tampa Bay Tech Summit is delivered entirely online. Dip in and watch the specific talks you need to transform your business, or catch them all. It’s up to you!


Tampa Bay Wave TechDiversity Demo Day
Sep 10 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Tampa Bay Wave Demo Day

We are excited to invite you to our exclusive, investor-focused Demo Day. This is an opportunity to increase your deal flow and see the newest cohort of TechDiversity companies.

These 11 companies are from around the U.S. (including Brazil and Chile) of which all are post-revenue and 3 have over $1MM in trailing 12-month revenue. HealthTech leads the represented verticals with 3 companies, followed by SecureTech, Marketing/Ad Tech, and UrbanTech with 2 companies each. EdTech and AI round out the verticals.

Demo Day will be held at FIVE Labs which is a new and innovative facility located only 3 minutes from Tampa International. FIVE Labs is designed to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals and to foster creativity for the development of technologies for healthcare’s biggest challenges.


8:30 am: Continental Breakfast and Check-In

9:00 am: Company Pitches

10:30 am: Networking

**FOW, Sponsors and Board members receive one complimentary ticket. Please contact Director of Development Avril Stinson at before registering for the event.


Ignite the Night ORLANDO
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ignite the Night ORLANDO

Ten tech startups have the opportunity to “fast pitch” their innovations to an audience and panel of judges. This high energy event connects brands and organizations to the movers and shakers of our space industry. Ignite the Night ORLANDO is a NASA iTech event.


  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. – Check-in and reception
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Program
  • 8:00-9:00 p.m. – Meet and greet with the innovators

Are you an Innovator? Apply here. For more information visit,

Date And Time

Tue, September 10, 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT

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Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

445 S. Magnolia Avenue

Orlando, FL 32801

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Lean Startup Orlando: Learn the tools of innovation, or risk failure – Blaire Martin & Vanessa Zabala
Sep 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Two great topics in one session! Lessons learned from local startups funding + Hands on workshop to learn tools.

Join us to learn strategies that maximize limited resources and increase your probability of success. Validation lets you speak with credibility to potential co-founders, new hires, and investors.

Blaire Martin is the CEO of Activate Florida, the VP of Strategic Partnerships at Florida Funders, the CEO/cofounder of the Florida Angel Nexus, and a cofounder of the FAN Fund, Blaire has aided investors to deploy capital into early-stage Florida businesses and prepared entrepreneurs to raise capital since 2012. At Everix Optical Filters, she is focused on capitalizing upcoming critical milestones, managing the spending plan, and supporting the company to create significant revenue and returns for investors. She is a past honoree of the UCF Alumni 30 under 30.

Vanessa Zabala is the Director of Impact Development for the Orlando Economic Partnership, leading the organization’s internal intrapreneurship initiatives and deploying innovation capacity programs to external stakeholders. Vanessa’s consulting experience includes strategic planning, business revenue stream validation, customer development, channel distribution analyses and more for clients such as Boeing, Publix, Orange Seal, FL Humanities Council, and more.

Blaire and Vanessa worked together at the FAN fund. In this joint session, we will have two parts.
Part One, covered by Blaire will talk about her experience as CEO of FAN where she led and collaborated on many local investments. She will share learnings from those investments on how innovation practices were correlated with success. Starting a new business can be risky, expensive, and time consuming – learning these lessons from local startups will help you make the right decisions.
Part Two, covered by Vanessa will be a fast-paced workshop to introduce Lean Startup tools. You will get hands-on experience on how lean tools can help you tackle a wide range of issues from starting a company to making a process more efficient.

Don’t miss this fascinating session run by two women leaders making an impact right here in our community!

Ciber Global ( will be providing pizza and drinks! Come check it out!!


Learn the tools of innovation, or risk failure – Blaire Martin & Vanessa Zabala

Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019, 5:45 PM

Pipeline Orlando Coworking and Shared Offices
20 N Orange Ave #1100 Orlando, FL

10 Lean Starters Attending

Two great topics in one session! Lessons learned from local startups funding + Hands on workshop to learn tools. Join us to learn strategies that maximize limited resources and increase your probability of success. Validation lets you speak with credibility to potential co-founders, new hires, and investors. Blaire Martin is the CEO of Activate Flo…

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Central Florida Investor Showcase (Orlando)
Sep 13 @ 11:00 am – 4:30 pm
To connect tech startups from Central Florida’s leading accelerators and incubators with investors from across the East Coast.

About this Event

4th Annual Central Investor Showcase

You’re invited . . . to meet more than a dozen high-potential, growth startups that will present to angel investors and venture capital funds. Event begins at 11:00 am with pitches beginning at 1:00pm. This is an invite only event open only to accredited investors.


Registration 11:00AM

Lunch with Special Guest Speaker 12:00PM

Pitches Begin 1:00PM

Happy Hour 5:00PM

All our Showcase companies are coming out of Central Florida accelerators and incubators and are ready to discuss their strategies for a step-change in their businesses.

Our startups hail from StarterStudio, Groundswell Startups, and GuideWell Innovation Center. All focused on mentoring and nurturing high-trajectory companies.

Join us for a lively day of pitches and networking with startups and investors!

If you’re interested in supporting the Investor Showcase as a sponsor, please email Donna Mackenzie, Executive Director of StarterStudio, at

StarterStudio is a tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Per the IRS, bequests, devises, transfers and gifts to the fund are tax deductible.


Organizer of 4th Annual Central Florida Investor Showcase:

StarterStudio provides an accelerator program which provides education, mentorship, peer support, feedback, and other learning opportunities to gain customers and market share and to ready companies for venture capital funding. In addition, StarterStudio provides seed-stage capital to high-growth-potential, early-stage technology companies in Florida designed to be the first capital in to prepare for the next stages of investment.

Groundswell Startups, is a privately funded, nonprofit incubator serving high-tech founders in Space Coast, Florida, a region that offers more engineering talent per capital than any other in the United States. Groundswell’s mission is to create a strong pipeline to capital, resources, and industry expert support for the benefit of high-impact startup companies in Space Coast, Florida.

2019 Florida Simulation Summit (Orlando)
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • National Center
    for Simulation
  • Economic
  • Previous Summits


The Florida Simulation Summit is a collaborative partnership between Orange County Government, the National Center for Simulation and the Orlando Economic Partnership. The summit highlights the strong progress, synergy and development of Central Florida’s multibillion-dollar Modeling, Simulation and Training (MS&T) industry as a showcase to the state, nation and beyond. The industry has strong roots in the defense sector and over time has diversified into other clusters such as life sciences, healthcare, sports, gaming and engineering.

Following the summit, the event will also incorporate the Florida TechMatch — a technology industry B2B matchmaking event.


Florida Simulation Summit: XReality - Experience a new futureThe theme for the 2019 Florida Simulation Summit, XReality, encompasses a combination of augmented, virtual and mixed reality technologies to create environments for training, testing and entertainment.

The panelists and keynotes are renowned experts from the U.S. that will discuss XReality trends across industries and applications for the future. Featured keynote presentations include Dan Ayoub, General Manager of Microsoft Education and Teresa Speck, Training and Readiness Accelerator Director (TReX) at the National Security Technology Accelerator.

Date and Location
Thursday, September 26, 2019
West Concourse
Valencia Ballroom
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

Registration & Networking: 8 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Lunch Keynote: 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.
Florida TechMatch & Demos: 2 – 5 p.m.


Sponsor logos for Echo Tech Strategy and Apps, The National Center for Simulation, Orlando economic partnership, Duke Energy, Florida makes, University of Central Florida, The Tech Corridor,  Orange technical college, career source central florida, OUC the reliable one, Siemens, Full Sail university, Disney, Universal Orlando Resort, Polhemus, Siemens, CAE, Cliffton Larson Allen, CESI, ECS, Valencia College and the Bank of America.


Orange County Office of Economic Development
Orange County Government Administration Center
201 S. Rosalind Avenue, 5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

Phone: (407) 836-7370
Fax: (407) 836-7399

All e-mail sent to this address becomes part of Orange County public record. Comments received by our e-mail subsystem can be read by anyone who requests that privilege. In compliance with “Government in the Sunshine” laws, Orange County Government must make available, at request, any and all information not deemed a threat to the security of law enforcement agencies and personnel.

Synapse Orlando 2019
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Synapse Orlando invites you to immerse yourself in a day-long symposium of live demos from amazing exhibitors, diverse breakouts and panel discussions, transformative new technology and new perspectives on how we work, live and play.

Hear from more than 50 speakers on five stages in over 20 sessions. Meet regional leaders including CIOs, CTOs, CEOs, founders, HR executives, legislators, students and media. Make connections that will take you to a new level of success.

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Pitch Madness @Synapse Orlando
Oct 18 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Fri, Oct 18 | Cheyenne Saloon

Pitch Madness @Synapse Orlando

Road to the Summit! Pitch Madness is heading to O-Town for our first, one day regional tournament. Winner receives an automatic bid into the Main Draw of the Synapse Summit 2020 along with a $5,000 investment funded by SeedFundersOrlando!

Time & Location

Oct 18, 9:30 AM – 01:30 PM
Cheyenne Saloon, 128 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32801, USA

About The Event


First Place

  • $5,000 investment prize funded by SeedFunderOrlando
  • Automatic entry into the main draw of Synapse Summit 2020
  • $1,500 Gift Card offered by TriNet
  • Office hours and pitch review with the VentureScaleUp technology business network
  • Entrance onto PitchLyst platform

*Other Prizes Coming!

Second Place

  • Office hours and pitch review with the VentureScaleUp technology business network

*Other Prizes Coming!

Third Place

  • Office hours and pitch review with the VentureScaleUp technology business network

*Other Prizes Coming!

Founder Criteria

  • We will source founders from three market sectors for debates: HealthTech, Esports/Gaming, and we will have a ‘Wild Card’ sector depending on the types of applicants we receive.
  • HQ’d in Orlando area
  • Live product launched with ‘some’ users/clients

Format: Our ‘Ross Perot’ format where we will have 3 candidates to debate in the Finals

  • One day tournament
  • 6 founders will be selected to compete for top prize!
  • 3 debates in the First Round
  • 1 winner will be selected from each First Round debate and placed into the Finals
  • Finals will look like the 1992 US Presidential debate where there were 3 candidates square off instead of your typical Head2Head debate.

2019 BioFlorida Conference (Tampa)
Oct 20 – Oct 22 all-day




22nd Annual BioFlorida Conference

October 20-22, 2019



Tampa Marriott Water Street

Book your hotel room today.



  • Hear from life science executives and thought leaders
  • Connect with hundreds in the life sciences industry
  • Meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financial needs
  • Set up Partnering meetings with registered attendees in advance of Conference
  • Manage and schedule your personal Agenda on the Conference Mobile App
  • Support Florida’s life sciences industry


  • Executives and entrepreneurs from emerging life sciences companies
  • Executives and seasoned professionals from established life sciences companies
  • Scientists, researchers, technology transfer employees from university and research institutions
  • Life science investors and venture capitalists
  • Federal and state lawmakers
  • Economic development agencies
  • Industry service providers