By Nancy Dahlberg
The Florida Venture Forum has selected 22 companies to present Oct. 14-15 at its 13th annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, which will be hosted for the first time virtually. Four startups from South Florida will be presenting.
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. The conference also will also feature the 10th annual 2020 Statewide Collegiate Startup Competition.
More than 150 startups applied to present, 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.”
Online registration for the Early Stage Capital Conference is available through October 13, 2020.
Selected from South Florida are (descriptions provided by FVF):
GoGig, Delray Beach (www.gogig.com), is a venture-backed anonymous professional networking platform that helps individuals advance their careers confidentially. Candidates already in a job can safely express their career desires and cultural metrics without compromising themselves; and removing all bias based on age, race, ethnicity, gender, country of origin, religion, and veteran status. Hiring professionals can anonymously match with professionals that don't exist on traditional job board sites through powerful algorithmic search.
Premier Virtual, Boynton Beach (www.premiervirtual.com/), is a multi-functional software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform designed to bridge the gap between technology and human interaction. Premier Virtual’s SaaS platform was designed by recruiters for recruiters. The virtual recruitment software has multiple functions from exclusive virtual hiring events to multiple company recruitment events across several industries or locations.
SEEMS Global Network, West Palm Beach (www.seemsglobal.com/), In the face of natural and man-made disasters, too often all communications fail for extended times due to radio tower failures. Emergency communication halt at the very time they are needed most. Their satellite-based smartphone size device can receive broadcasted text to thousands or millions simultaneously at these times. The company’s two-way device serves first responders and their back office support people while GPS tracking of their location to keep them safe. This product has been integrated into the FEMA nationwide Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) to service the USA.
Vyllage, Inc., Sunrise (www.vyllage.net/), is a package protection service that connects users with prescreened homeowners in the community who are willing to receive and safeguard their packages and deliveries for them for a small fee, while simultaneously creating small logistics hubs to assist in more efficient distribution.
The pool of presenters also includes two from out of state. One of them, Switched Source, from Vespal, NY, is also participating in FPL’s inaugural 35 Mules accelerator.
Here are the other presenters:
Blue Halo BioMedical, LLC, Winter Park (www.bluehalobiomedical.com)
Censys Technologies Corporation, Daytona Beach (www.censystech.com)
Knoza, Orlando (www.knoza.com/)
MERGED RE, Orlando (www.mergedre.com)
Spect, Gainesville (www.spect.app/)
Techfit Digital Surgery, Daytona Beach (www.techfit-ds.com/)
VoiceScript, Inc., Stuart (www.voicescript.ai/)
AngeLink, Naples (www.angelink.com/)
Azone Enterprises, Inc. Bonita Springs (www.orthazone.com/)
HealthMe, Naples (www.healthmedocs.com)
MetaQub Interactive (i.e ProjectMQ), Parrish (www.projectmq.com/)
Blockspaces, Tampa (www.blockspaces.io)
TSOLife Inc, Tampa (www.tsolife.com)
Wedzee, Tampa (www.wedzee.com)
Wherewithal, Tampa (www.shopwherewithal.com/)
EXIOM, INC., Monticello (www.exiom.com)
Skipti, Albuquerque, New Mexico (www.skipti.com)
Switched Source, Vestal, New York (www.switchedsource.com)
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