1 General Provision opens downtown Fort Lauderdale location

Here’s some news from our friends to the north: General Provision, a co-working center and lab for founders and creatives, launched its second location in the Riverwalk District’s historic Colonial Hotel. The Downtown Club (shown above) will offer headquarters for 16 companies, flexible desks for 75, a member-only coffee shop offering Well’s Coffees, and theater seating for 100 to host events and product launches. The company’s original location is at 525 NW 1st Street  in FATVillage.  

GP Labs is a three-month app development incubator, and its mentorship platform and virtual coding academy, GP Learn, are both available exclusively to members in addition to regular events. Since 2014, the club has incubated over 40 companies, curated nearly 200 community events with partners like Endeavor and TechStars, and has a thriving community of over 250 creatives, technologists, and founders in its network. General Provision interconnects each location to members, content, and services through its proprietary software, Verkly. AI-powered assistants manage requests from anywhere in the world, creating a frictionless member experience.

 “Whether you are booking a meeting room and ordering espresso while on site, or seeking a designer at 2 a.m., we want our platform to respond to those requests in real time,” says General Provision founder Timothy Hasse. “We’re not just another office. We’re building a tech layer that empowers our community anywhere they decide to get work done.”

For more information, or to join, contact Managing Director Patricia Kneski at patricia@generalprovision.com or call General Provision at 954-361-1995

2 Who’s pitching next? Florida Venture Forum announces presenters

Spring pitch season isn’t over. Next up for six South Florida companies is Florida Venture Forum’s Early Stage Capital Conference this week in Orlando,

In all, 20 companies were selected from among 150 applicants statewide. They will present to investors attending the conference and also $100K in cash awards provided by Space Florida. Over the years, early stage presenters have attracted more than $100 million in funding, the Forum says.

Here are the presenters from South Florida:

DermaSensor, of Miami, is a connected devise company working to improve access to effective skin cancer checks by commercializing cutting edge technologies. DermaSensor is developing a time and cost efficient handheld device with high-clinical performance that utilizes patented spectroscopy and machine learning technology to evaluate lesions in seconds.

HealthSnap, of Miami,  provides the tools that help providers and corporations translate patient-generated lifestyle data from wearables, connected health devices and questionnaires into a standardized LifestyleProfile so that organizations can make the shift from reactive to proactive care.

Intelligent Observation, of Miami, provides an automated hand hygiene tracking system that improves compliance and reduces the risk of infection.

PQSecure Technologies, of Boca Raton, develops cryptographic solutions to make widely used embedded devices such as connected Internet of Things secure against the attack of quantum computers. Founded in 2017, PQSecure won an NSF SBIR Phase 1 Grant, which has led to two patents and a successful prototype.

Privsee, of Fort Lauderdale, is like CreditKarma for privacy. The company makes it easy to request your personal information and privacy data from every company you’ve ever done business with in less than 10 minutes, for free.

STAT3 Therapeutics, of Coral Springs, is a preclinical biopharmaceutical company developing drugs that target the STAT3 pathway. STAT3, a signal transducer and activator of transcription protein, is found hyperactivated in 70% of all cancers.

The Early Stage Capital Conference is May 9-10 at Omni Championsgate.  Find more information about the Early Stage conference here.

3 Opportunity knocks: Apply for WIN Lab and 500 Startups bootcamps

Founders, here are some key opportunities to jump on.

Join the Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab on May 9 to learn more about what you can expect from their 5-month accelerator, including tips on how to apply. This hybrid info session meets content session will feature WIN Lab alumni and staff talking about different business metrics as they relate to building your startup, moving your business forward, and translating that movement through the WIN Lab application. Learn More.

By the way, the deadline to apply for the next cohort is June 1. Apply here.

500 Startups Miami is hosting two free bootcamps. Applications are now open and if you qualify you can apply to both.

Show. Me. The Money! Fundraising & Negotiations for Female Founders will address the complex, challenging and painful fundraising process on June 4-5, while Gettin’ the Band Together: Hiring & Performance will dive into how to put together a team of high performing rockstars on June 10-11.

4 TheVentureCity forges partnership with Wayra

TheVentureCity, the global accelerator of tech ecosystems based in Miami and Madrid, and Wayra España, the open innovation hub by Telefónica, have jointly signed an agreement to co-invest in startups in Spain in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Video, Cybersecurity, Edge Computing, among others. 

Each startup they invest on will receive up to 250k euros. Both entities also commit to organize events and activities to promote deal-flow, drive growth and business development for companies that are already in their investment portfolios, and overall, strengthen the entrepreneur ecosystem in Spain. 

“The companies in which we invest jointly with Wayra will be part of our Global Growth Program during 6 months and we will work on how to increase the company’sgrowth with our basic 3 pieces for a technology company: product, engineering and data,” says Andrés Dancausa, VP Growth Accelerator EMEA at TheVentureCity.

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