2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference (Photos)

Written by David Glass.

The 2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference hosted by the Florida Venture Forum was held January 27-29 at Hyatt Regency in Orlando. The conference featured expert panel discussions, networking opportunities, featured speakers and many of Florida’s top entrepreneurial companies presenting to a audience of 350+ venture capitalists, investment bankers and private equity investors.

2014 Cade Museum Prize seeks applicants, $50K up for grabs for tech innovation

Written by David Glass.

Cade museum logoGAINESVILLE - The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention invites applications for the 5th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize competition. The Cade Museum Prize, open to all Florida residents and Florida-based companies, rewards innovation and invention from entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors.  

The Cade Museum Prize awards both cash and in-kind incentives to academics, entrepreneurs and proof-of-concept or early-stage companies for advancing creative ideas into the marketplace. Judges will look at how creative and innovative idea is, what demonstrable change the invention will have, and how far away the invention is from being a commercially viable product or service.

Florida Venture Forum wants high-growth companies to pitch at 23rd annual conference

Written by David Glass.


MIAMI – The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide association for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, is inviting company executives with mid-to-later-stage, Florida-based companies to apply to present their company pitches before investors and venture capitalists at the 2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference. The conference takes place from January 28-29, 2014 in Orlando.

Florida venture capital deals reach highest level in two years

Written by David Glass.

nvca new-logoORLANDO - According to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, investment in the state totaled $155.8 million, up from just $11.29 million in the first quarter and the highest amount since the third quarter of 2007.

Fourteen Florida companies received venture capital in the second quarter, up from six in the first quarter and the highest number in two years.  

Governor signs bill to create Florida startup fund

Written by David Glass.

govsignsstartupbill smTALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott visited Bing Energy to ceremonially sign HB 705 relating to seed funding. In 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research was created to enhance economic development in Florida through the commercialization of new discoveries made through publicly funded research. HB 705 expands the Institute and officially became law on July 1st.

Governor Scott said, “Everything that we are doing to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working. In a little over two years we have created 330,000 private sector jobs and our unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1%, well below the national average. The bill we are celebrating today will encourage greater investments into Florida’s start-up companies, ultimately leading to more jobs and opportunities for Florida families. I was pleased to visit Bing Energy in 2011 and am proud to see how far they have come and the impact they have had on Florida families.”

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