Research Park at FAU: 2019 Annual Awards & Celebration of Entrepreneurship
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

2019 Annual Awards & Celebration of Entrepreneurship

The Research Park awards recognize distinguished contributions to the Research Park’s mission to create and sustain the ideal environment for innovation and invention, maximizing the academic and entrepreneurial talent and regional resources in South Florida to accelerate economic development and prosperity. This year, we are celebrating and acknowledging the acheivements of outstanding people and organizations that are large contributors to the success of our community. 


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Distinguished Entrepreneur: Rodrigo Griesi is one of the driving forces behind DECORA, a Brazilian startup that was recently acquired by Creative Drive, a content creation engine. Griesi’s involvement at the Research Park at FAU and his participation in its economic gardening initiatives helped the company get noticed and acquired by Creative Drive in 2018. He has 20 years of experience building and running new businesses in the technology industry. Griesi started at DECORA in its early stages, as an angel investor, then became the country manager, bringing DECORA’s services to market.



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Distinguished Researcher: Borko Furht, Ph.D. has several patents pending and interesting corporate interactions that will leverage patents. Fuhrt is a faculty member in FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and is the site leader for the NSF-funded Center for Advanced Knowledge Enablement, which has been joined by several Research Park at FAU companies. His current research is focused on software designed for the next stage of video compression technology.




Distinguished Organization: Junior Achievement of South Florida is training the next generation of business leaders and employees by educating students about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. Its mission is to inspire and prepare youth to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement delivers more than 20 unique programs to 50,000 students in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


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Distinguished Leader: Honorable Michael Udine is the District 3 commissioner in Broward County, a position he was elected to in 2016. He advocates for innovation and knowledge-based economic development, supporting regional organizations’ initiatives. When introduced to one of the Research Park at FAU’s entrepreneurs he immediately started business development for him. In addition, Udine is a director at Legacy Bank of Florida, a small community bank assisting small businesses in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


Join us in honoring South Florida’s most influential entrepreneurs, researchers, inventors & business leaders as we celebrate the growth and success of our innovative community.

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SPONSORSHIP for 2019 Annual Awards & Celebration of Entrepreneurship

16 Complimentary tickets

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Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day


About the Southeast BIO Investor & Partnering Forum

The Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Investor & Partnering Forum will be held November 6-7, 2019 at The Biltmore in Miami-Coral Gables, FL. The conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet key decision makers in the regional and national life science and medical technology communities.

Now in its 21st year, the SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum has built a loyal following, attracting thought leaders and investors from across the country.  We expect another strong event in 2019, with new opportunities to build business partnerships and explore the region’s life science industry.

More than 300 biotech and medtech investors, corporate executives, university representatives, and entrepreneurs will attend the event this year.  This is a rich opportunity to showcase your company at the most significant annual life science conference in the Southeast.

To date, more than 220 later stage and 180 early stage companies that participated in previous SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forums have raised more than $2.5 billion in public and private funding.  These numbers speak to the quality of our presenting companies.

The SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum has rotated throughout the Southeast over the years – we are excited to be hosting this year’s event in Florida and look forward to seeing you in Miami this fall!

2018 – Atlanta, GA
2017 – Pinehurst, NC
2016 – Jacksonville, FL
2015 – Charleston, SC
2014 – Atlanta, GA
2013 – Richmond, VA
2012 – West Palm Beach, FL
2011 – Durham, NC
2010 – Atlanta, GA
2009 – Charleston, SC
2008 – Palm Beach, FL
2007 – Pinehurst, NC
2006 – Atlanta, GA
2005 – Charleston, SC
2004 – Miami, FL
2003 – Pinehurst, NC
2002 – Atlanta, GA
2001 – Birmingham, AL
2000 – Raleigh, NC
1999 – Atlanta, GA

Travel Tech Investment Symposium (Miami)
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Travel Tech Investment Symposium

~ a TSI Innovation Program

January 8, 2020

Miami Florida, Amadeus Executive Center

9:00 AM-5:30 PM

VCs | Corporate VCs | Family Offices | Super Angels| Travel Tech Startups

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Travel Startups Incubator® (TSI) is pleased to announce a 1-day travel technology investment Symposium, dedicated exclusively to investing in travel technology. We’re bringing together the world’s leading travel tech investors and vetted, investment grade, global emerging travel technology companies, raising Seed-to-Series A investment capital. The focus will be targeted at B2B travel technologies in the Leisure and Business Travel markets.

The global travel industry is growing at a double digit rate. Larger travel companies are going through massive digital transformations opening up opportunities for B2B travel technologies to reinvent how companies operate today. 

 Emerging technologies are being launched as SaaS, MicroServices and Data Solutions to solve specific problems within the travel industry.

1:1 Investor Meetings are the focus of the Travel Tech Investment Symposium with Insightful Boardroom Discussions.

150 1:1 meetings were held during our last Symposium on April 30th.



One-on-one, pre-scheduled meetings.

The investment symposium  will curate quality  engagements between travel  tech investors and tech  companies through
one-on-one meetings. Tech  companies pitch their  investment offering, demo  their technology and gather  feedback. Up to (10) 15-minute  one-on-one meetings for the  investors to meet with the  startups to evaluate the  investment opportunity.

Relationship building for investments. 

The intent of the private 1-day investment symposium is to  bring key global travel  technology investors in the  TSI network in a room with  tech companies that have  technology “ready” for  investment. We are seeking  quality vs. quantity. Larger  conferences are great for  learning and networking but  rarely adequate for long-term  investment relationship  building.

Meaningful discussions and feedback.

In addition to the one-on-one  meetings there will be up to  (6) tech company investment presentations and a panel session from corporate travel tech investors on best practices for working with corporate VC in travel tech. The goal is to facilitate investment feedback on new travel technologies and to expedite investment deals for Seed-to-Series A investments.

Symposium Testimonials

The TSI Travel Tech Symposium was a great success for 3Victors, a travel data service startup. The one day networking event generated multiple partnership opportunities for the near term, and many new relationships for the future. We’ll definitely be back!

Ken Cannon, 3Victors

One of the most well organized and useful events in the travel industry. The meetings were scheduled according to interests and coupled with breaks, allowed ample opportunity to network with prospects in understanding their needs. The presentations were also very insightful.

Trideep Aggarwal, TWAI

It is very effective. One place to meet so many potential significant players in one place. For us it is good to plant the seed in startup companies to focus on their innovations and let us do the plumbing underneath like we do it for so many big players.

Michael Strauss, PASS Travel Solutions

How often does a travel start-up ever get the opportunity to pitch to over half the business travel market in one room? The TSI Symposium managed this, and what made it extra special was the opportunity to have face-to-face meetings which gave me the chance to get to know these travel industry leaders as individuals.

John Lee, CultureMee

The Symposium was a great event. Being able to meet so many interesting startups in an efficient and informative way is an unusual and very beneficial opportunity.

Dan Reagan, Atlas Travel

After attending several travel congresses and shows, I can definitively say that the TSI Symposium was one of the most amazing opportunities to do networking with industry leaders. The format of the event and relevance of the speakers that came from these industry leaders led to more meaningful conversation and to more qualified follow-ups.

Guilherme Conde, Around Vector


9:00am-10:00am – Check-in, Breakfast, Networking.

10:15am-10:30am Welcome presentation by Matt Zito, TSI. 3 Trends in the Travel Industry That Will Drive Investment Over The Next 5-years.

10:30am-10:45am Boardroom Investment Presentation, iVvy, CEO Lauren Hall

10:45am-11:00am Boardroom Investment Presentation, Trip Ninja, CEO Andres Collart

11:00am-11:15am Boardroom Investment Presentation, Occassion Genius, CEO Nate Marcus

11:15am-11:30am (Break)

11:30am-11:45am Investor & Tech Company Meeting #1

11:45am-12:00pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #2

12:00pm-12:15pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #3

12:15pm-12:30pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #4

12:30pm-12:45pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #5

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch & Networking

1:00pm-1:15pm Boardroom Investment Presentation, TraknProtect, CEO Parminder Batra

1:15pm-1:30pm Boardroom Investment Presentation #5

1:30pm-1:45pm Boardroom Investment Presentation #6

1:45pm-2:00pm (Break)

2:00pm-2:15pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #6

2:15pm-2:30pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #7

2:30pm-2:45pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #8

2:45pm-3:00pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #9

3:00pm-3:15pm Investor & Tech Company Meeting #10

3:15pm-4:15pm Tips for Success in Raising Investment  Capital. Investors Panel. Q&A with Attendees.

4:15pm-6:30pm Happy Hour & Hour’derves (Networking)

Request an Invitation

The Investment Symposium is part of the TSI Innovation Program, see below. We look for up to (15) travel tech investors and (20) travel technology startups to attend the event. Please fill out the form below to begin the process to attend. We will get back to you within 48-hours with how the Symposium works, what to expect and the fee options to attend.

Travel Tech Investment Symposium

TSI Innovation Program

Investor Program Includes:

  • Attend the Investment Symposium – 1-2 people from your firm. Option to be a sponsor and speak on a investor panel. 

  • Dedicated table for up to (10) 1:1 investment meetings and networking during the Symposium.

  • Introductions to travel technology companies in the Innovation Program for investment opportunities.

  • TSI Ratings– Coverage of the top B2B travel technologies in the travel startup ecosystem raising capital, commentary and insights from Matt Zito.

  • Invite to invest in the TSI B2B Travel Tech Investment Fund with co-investment rights.

Startup Program Includes:

  • Attend the Investment Symposium – 1:1 meetings and networking during the Symposium. Option to present your technology.

  • Introductions to investors in the Innovation Program.

  • Inclusion of your travel tech company in the Emerging Business Travel Technology Report. Publishing Dec 2019. Distributed to Innovation Program members and sold at

  • Discount off the TSI Traction Program (both versions).

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Questions & Answers

Where Is The Event/CheckIn:

January 8, 2020 at Amadeus N. America Headquarters in the Amadeus Executive Center. Address: 3470 NW 82nd Ave #1000, Doral, FL 33122.

Parking & Checkin:

Enter the Amadeus building lobby and take the elevator to the 10th floor reception. Facing the building the entrance is to the far right.

Arriving in your own car: Park on the 2nd floor parking garage. Take the WEST elevator to the 10th floor. Press “0100” on the key pad outside the elevator, for the receptionist. Give your parking ticket to the 10th floor EBC receptionist to be validated.

The Amadeus executive center is conveniently located 7-miles from the Miami International Airport.

How Is This Investment Event Different Than Other Travel Tech Conferences
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Matt Zito, Managing Partner Travel Startups Incubator®



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