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

StarterStudio DEMO DAY 2019 (Orlando)
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

About this Event

Join us to celebrate the growth of 18 early stage technology startups. These teams are part of the StarterStudio Ideation Accelerator Class 11 and Seed Accelerator Class 4.

StarterStudio features two accelerator programs focused on helping founders start and scale in Central Florida. The programs are supported by mentors who are successful entrepreneurs, industry experts and subject matter experts that share their experience to further the success of companies in our program. StarterStudio works with high-tech and tech-enabled startups in industries ranging from space, healthcare, fin-tech, real estate tech, travel tech, energy tech and more.


5:30-6:00pm Networking + Cash Bar

6:00-8:00pm Pitches

8:00 – 10:00pm After Party at Stubborn Mule



Bacarai Inc.

Founders: Eric Peterson and Kenny Totten

Bacarai Inc. is empowering airlines to automate their group sales and publish offers online.

HyCarb Inc.

Founders: Sigrid Cottrell and Andrew Heath

HyCarb is finding uses for carbon that are so valuable that it makes no sense to waste it out of our smokestacks, turbines, and tailpipes.


Founders: Borey Seng and Kegan Ritchie

GoGoPowerJuice is helping travelers stay safely connected with on-the-go fully charged portable power through the rideshare system.


Founders: Dan Scala and Jeff Saylor

Forward.Online is an eCommerce analytics suite that brings all critical business/marketing data into one system to grow revenue and profit.

360 Converge Inc.

Founders: Todd Smith and Mike McFall

360Converge Inc. is a SAAS automotive CRM platform focused on communication and data Intelligence.


Founders: Michael Daniels, Daniel Jones, and Alberto Bustamante

Rentivity™ is a tenant screening and equal opportunity rental home bidding platform that saves time and money for renters, property managers and owners.


Founders: Spencer Elliott and Patrick VanDusen

ViewStub is a platform where anyone can easily upload videos or stream live from any camera to their own exclusive page, then promote and sell virtual event access.


Founders: Spencer Churchill and Maciej Strzenliński

Carnooba is an online marketplace that seamlessly connects car owners to local professional mobile automotive detailers.


Fan Retreat: An experience platform that empowers people with the ability to turn live events into memorable experiences. Users can easily buy and coordinate the purchase of event tickets and travel accommodations together.

She Plays: A platform for women’s professional sports leagues in the U.S. that aims to help them become sustainable and increase their sports media coverage.

Reviox: A mobile app that allows companies to setup and manage collaborative loyalty systems. This allows business networks to utilize one system to engage, reward and connect with their guests.

KidFlix: An interactive learning platform that allows parents to have educational questions periodically pop up, while their child is watching YouTube, turning screen time into learning time.

The Lead Lion: A technology driven lead generation company currently specializing in the insurance verticals and focused on solving cost issues, product quality control, and the life cycle of leads.

ALFI Solutions: A b2b automotive fintech company designed to offer dealerships a compliance solution in a platform that maximizes profits by leveraging technology to optimize financing options.

Visit: It’s more than a meeting. Visit is a place that makes time with others fun to plan. Spend more time connecting, not organizing schedules.

The Financial Literacy Project: A new take on financial education. We want to provide an efficient, comprehensive, and inviting platform to help people feel more comfortable with personal finance and investments.

Pick App Sports: A platform that connects communities through casual sports.

Florida Venture Forum Corporate Venture/Development and Innovation Panel (Orlando)
Nov 5 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Florida Venture Forum Corporate Venture/Development and Innovation Panel

Hear from major local companies as they discuss their approach to strategic investments and/or partnerships and their involvement in the venture capital and private equity ecosystem.

Florida Aerospace Capital Forum (Orlando)
Nov 6 all-day
The Florida Venture Forum, in partnership with Space Florida invites you to attend the 2nd annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum onNovember 6, 2019 at the GuideWell Innovation Center at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida.
The purpose of the event will be to broaden the spectrum of Early Stage Florida-based aerospace companies and entrepreneurs, (as well as non-Florida entities with commitments to relocate), while engaging the industry with the Forum investment community, including,private equity, venture capital and angel investors.
In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers a cash prizes totaling $100,000 ($50,000 to the Grand Prize Winner, $30,000 to 1st Runner-up & $20,000 to 2nd place) to eligible Florida companies or those companies seeking to relocate or establish presence in Florida. Please note the following eligible areas for consideration:
All participating companies must be engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of SF, set forth in its Vision 2020. These sectors are: information technology, health technology, knowledge based services, space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, ISS and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security, adventure tourism, clean/alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products. In addition to, aircraft and spacecraft design, parts and assembly, engineering design and construction, structural materials and electronic assembly, data analytics, medical and surgical innovations, satellite communications, innovations in planetary sustainability towards the development of nutritious food, clean water and energy, payload development, robotics – parts, design and assembly, unmanned aerial vehicles, surveillance, 3D printing and innovation, radiation protection, reconnaissance, & missile development.
Idea to Profit (Orlando)
Nov 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm



Cost to participate: 
Partnership Investors / Chamber members: $49
Non-members: $99

Join the Orlando Regional Chamber for a hands-on, interactive one-day workshop designed to equip you with tools and knowledge to scale current businesses into new markets, evaluate customer segments and develop an organizational culture based on experimentation and growth.

The methodology is called Business Model Canvas (BMC) which de-risks the assumptions of your business or project in order to increase your chances of success.

During the one-day workshop, you will learn how to:

  • use the Lean Startup BMC methodologies and apply them to current projects or ideas;
  • test assumptions to avoid risk;
  • identify what your customers believe differentiates you;
  • capitalize on your unique advantages to grow and scale; and
  • evaluate new processes and technology that can help you get an edge on the competition.

Designed for both established companies and startups, this workshop will help leaders:

  • evaluate which technology to implement and when – artificial intelligence, automation, etc.;
  • evaluate and understand how customer needs are changing; and
  • create and implement new systems and processes to evaluate current products and services as well as new ideas.

*Executive Connection level members receive one free registration to an Idea To Profit One-Day Workshop. Please email to take advantage.

Light breakfast and lunch provided.

Florida Funders Thirsty Thursday (Tampa)
Nov 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy a night of networking and drinks!

About this Event

Florida Funders’ quarterly Thirsty Thursday is back again for the last Thirsty Thursday of the year. Take a break from holiday plans and enjoy a night of networking and drinks.

*RSVP is required

Date And Time

Thu, November 7, 2019

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

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Tampa, FL 33606

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