Events

Sep
13
Fri
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.

Schedule:

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 donna@starterstudio.org.

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.

ORGANIZERS: STARTERSTUDIO & GROUNDSWELL STARTUPS

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.

https://www.venturecentralflorida.com

Sep
25
Wed
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.

 

 

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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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2019 RESEARCH PARK ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION SPONSORS

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

  • National Center
    for Simulation
  • Economic
    Development
  • Previous Summits

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

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.

Register

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

Schedule
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.

SPONSORS

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.

CONTACT US

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

Email: EconomicDevelopment@ocfl.net
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.

Oct
18
Fri
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.

Info here: https://orlando.synapsefl.com

 

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

PRIZES

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.

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

2019 BIOFLORIDA CONFERENCE

 

EVENT DETAILS

22nd Annual BioFlorida Conference

October 20-22, 2019

 

HOST HOTEL

Tampa Marriott Water Street

Book your hotel room today.

 

ATTEND THIS YEAR’S CONFERENCE and 

  • 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

TYPICAL ATTENDANCE includes

  • 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

Nov
4
Mon
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.

SCHEDULE:

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

6:00-8:00pm Pitches

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

THE LINEUP of COMPANIES :

SEED TEAMS

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.

GoGoPowerJuice

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.

Forward.Online

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.

Rentivity

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.

ViewStub

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.

Carnooba

Founders: Spencer Churchill and Maciej Strzenliński

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

IDEATION CLASS 11 TEAMS:

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.

Nov
5
Tue
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.

Nov
6
Wed
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.
SEBIO INVESTOR & PARTNERING FORUM (Miami)
Nov 6 – Nov 7 all-day

https://www.southeastbio.org/about/

 

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