Lean Startup Orlando: 125 Failures in a Row
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A Government program handed out $2 billion of grants to start-ups, and the result was 125 failures in a row. The Lean Start-up Methodology wasn’t working, and early-stage money wasn’t preventing the failures.
What was the problem? … An early stage venture fund invested in 45 companies that had successful exits that returned hundreds of millions of dollars to the founders and the investors, but none of the 45 start-up pitch decks presented the correct reasons why the companies had big exits. What was the problem? Richard Fox will present his personal experiences that explain the problem behind the company failures and the reason the pitch decks were faulty.

Who is Richard?
Richard Fox has thirty years of experience in the creation of new companies from defense and aerospace technology. He is a Venture Partner in the IDEA Fund, and is active in the formation and growth of innovative companies in Central Florida.

Richard and two partners took an operation of Westinghouse private. In that company, Richard led a team to develop one of the first machine vision systems, and sold that business to Gould Modicon. Richard repeated that cycle as the President of the Central Florida Innovation Corporation, where he guided the launch of several companies in the image processing and telecommunications industries. Lockheed Martin was the source of technology, and a partner in the launch, of three of those companies.

Richard frequently is a coach to new high-growth companies. He served on the Florida Seed Capital Board and has been a member of several task forces for the State of Florida on venture capital and seed capital investing. He was an executive member of the board of the National Association of Seed and Venture Funds, and is an active reviewer of SBIR proposals for the National Science Foundation. Recently, Richard has been quoted in Nature magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, and the New York Times.

Richard is a well-known speaker on the subject of new company creation by professional teams. He earned his B.S. degree in physics from M.I.T., and holds 14 patents on the application of computers to industrial processes, and on medical devices.

Why come out?
If wholehearted people who want to bring genuine value to our world sound like the kind people you want to meet… Then this event is for you!! Join us at Catalyst spaces in Downtown Orlando to learn from one of Orlando’s finest leaders of social ventures, as well as other incredible community members too!

Ciber, Global will be providing Pizza….. yummy… delicious… pizza. For more information on Ciber please visit their website at

Open 20 mins to Bring Your Own Questions about social enterprise, startups, enterprise innovation or methodology. Get advice from experienced innovators in the room.

We look forward to seeing you!

Please RSVP so we can reserve a slice and a seat for you 😉

VR/AR Association Central Florida Chapter – Meeting/Technology Showcase (Orlando)
Jul 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This event will be sponsored by the Orlando Economic Partnership and hosted by Echo Interaction Group and will feature industry leading technology and business executives who will share their insights in the technological and business developments that will benefit our chapter members.

The key-note speaker will be Graeme Devine, Chief Wandering Wizard from Magic Leap. Graeme is a leading expert in virtual and augmented reality technology who travels around the world speaking about how these technologies are changing business and entertainment.

The second presentation will be by Jesse Mavens, Director of Immersive Experiences from Valorem Reply out of Seattle. Valorem Reply is one of Microsoft’s top solutions partners for the Hololens and Azure. Jesse will be sharing insights on the Hololens 2 and and various enterprise case studies. He will also have units on display at the technology showcase.

In addition there will be a technology showcase where the latest technologies and solutions will be on display and attendees can collaborate and network while enjoying refreshments!

The VRARA is the global industry association for VR & AR, designed to foster collaboration between companies that accelerates growth, fosters research and education, develops industry best practices and guidelines. VRARA’s programs and initiatives are designed to accelerate anyone’s growth, knowledge, and connections.The Central Florida Region is a hub for modelling and simulation, entertainment and gaming and is a rapidly growing medical technology development center. The VRARA Central Florida Chapter will focus on connecting local technology companies, academic institutions and defense and government organizations to the global VR/AR ecosystem. Our goal is to stimulate technology development and economic activity within the Central Florida Region.

Attendance is open to non-members and is free of charge however will be limited to the first 120 registrants.

Florida Funders’ Thirsty Thursday (Tampa)
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
SUP-X (Ft. Lauderdale)
Jul 25 all-day

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SUP-X: The StartUp Expo

Presented by TechLauderdale Powered by SFTA


Florida’s Premier Early Stage Conference


July 25, 2019


Fort Lauderdale Convention Center


1000+ Attendees


4 Stages, 50+ panels, speeches, pitches and demos


100+ exhibitors, special exhibition opportunities for venture oriented startups and community partners


Startup competition with $25,000+ in cash and prizes, exhibition and pitch opportunities


#Women4Women, our morning forum focused on female founders, entrepreneurs and investors


Tickets affordably priced from $29-$299 and on sale soon


Sponsorship packages from $250-$25,000 coming soon



BioFlorida Central Chapter Event (Orlando)
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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Join the Central Chapter of BioFlorida at the GuideWell Innovation Center on Wed, August 7. Attend and learn about the future of the UCF Cancer Center and UCF Medical Center at Lake Nona. Also, hear about the state’s Life Sciences Conference coming up in October and some of the resources available to help life science companies grow. Learn about the resources available to help life science companies thrive in Central Florida and meet the Leadership Team of the BioFlorida Central Chapter.

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When: 08/07/2019
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: GuideWell Innovation Center
6555 Sanger Road
Orlando, Florida  32827
United States
Contact: BioFlorida

Online registration is available until: 8/7/2019

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5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

GuideWell Innovation Center

6555 Sanger Road

Orlando, FL 32827


Attend and learn about the future of the UCF Cancer Center and UCF Medical Center at Lake Nona.


Also, hear about Florida’s leading

Conference for BioPharma, MedTech and HealthIT and resources available to help life science companies grow in the state.

Central Chapter Event will now take place at the GuideWell Innovation Center. We look forward to seeing you in 2 weeks.

BioFlorida Members $25; Non-Members $45; Students $15. Online registration will close Tuesday, August 6 at Noon EDT.






Central Chapter Co-Chairs: Amy Baker, Partner, Wilson Elser

Bryan Allinson, Senior Director of Research, AdventHealth

Habeel Gazi,Life Sciences Senior Director, Orlando Economic Partnership



Deborah German, MD, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, UCF College of Medicine


Griff Parks, PhD, Interim Associate Dean of Research and Director, UCF Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences and Professor



Kiadis Pharma (formerly CytoSen Therapeutics)

Alicja Copik, MD, Research Assistant Professor at the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, UCF


Robert Igarashi, PhD, Vice President of Discovery and Pre-Clinical Development, Kiadis Pharma (formerly Chief Science Officer, CytoSen Therapeutics)



Nancy K. Bryan, President & CEO, BioFlorida



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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