Miami and Tampa, FL – September 24, 2020 – The Florida Venture Forum has selected 22 companies to present at its 13th annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, which will be hosted virtually, October 14-15. The conference also will feature the 10th annual Statewide Collegiate Startup Competition, attracting the “best of the best” in collegiate competitors from Florida’s leading innovation-focused colleges and universities.
“We were overwhelmed with applications to present at the 2020 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, despite the current market challenges,” said Mark Volchek, founding partner of Las Olas Venture Capital and chair of the Early Stage Conference selection committee. “The quality and market traction of the companies competing for limited presenter slots was extremely high and our committee did a great job with its final selections. Thankfully our all-virtual format will allow us to feature a record number of presenters and exhibitors, along with a host of other programming.”
In addition to company presentations and other educational programming, the conference will feature a total of $100,000 in cash awards distributed between early stage and seed stage companies, provided by Space Florida. To date, past early stage presenters have attracted over $460 million in equity funding.
Online registration for the Florida Early Stage Capital Conference is available through October 13, 2020. Conference attendees will hear pitches from selected companies and network with attendees including every major seed and angel fund in Florida, as well as venture investors from throughout the state and beyond. On October 14, 2020, conference attendees may also pre-register for the “Knowing When Your Company Is Investable” workshop led by Ross Finlay, of the Angel Resource Institute.
AngeLink, Naples (www.angelink.com/), is reimagining crowdfunding with the world’s most lovable, free fundraising platform inspired and powered by women to raise money for the people we love and the causes they believe in. Highly profitable 9% transaction processing revenue model comprised of CC fees and gratuity. Last year, in the peer-to-peer crowdfunding space, the industry leader processed over $1.7B in transactions with women representing 80% of donors and 70% of campaign organizers. However, no platform exists for women to share our story andcreate our own community. So, the company decided to create one. AngeLink is building the world’s 1st global Fintech community to give women the power to change the world.
Azone Enterprises, Inc. Bonita Springs (www.orthazone.com/), is a SaaS medical office software application suite intended to automate and integrate time consuming and costly workflows, such as inventory management and analytics, 3-D printing workflow, payment slider – other modules are in the works. The initial focus is on 16,600 US Orthodontists.
HealthMe, Naples (www.healthmedocs.com), is a software platform, founded by a doctor, to accommodate the growing number of patients who choose to pay directly for their healthcare (“direct-pay”). Its direct to consumer solution brings patients a digital marketplace for transparently priced bundled healthcare, and medical practices the tools, training, and support to streamline their direct-pay business.
MetaQub Interactive (i.e ProjectMQ), Parrish (www.projectmq.com/), provides esports consulting/resources that help colleges & other brands more effectively engage younger audiences. The company’s 1st platform in an online intramural esport tournament app, featuring a rotating catalog of family-friendly games that they curate from amazing indie developers around the world. Their 2nd platform gamifies attendance & rewards engagement at live events, like a “Disney Fast Pass” experience, featuring a virtual safari for digital scavenger hunts similar to “PokemonGo”.