1 South Florida startups win big at Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

Twenty Florida-based companies from a variety of industry sectors recently presented to an audience of investors, service providers and entrepreneurs earlier this month at Florida Venture Forum’s Early Stage Capital Conference, held in Orlando. Two of the four award-winning companies are based in South Florida.

SaferWatch of Boca Raton took home that largest prize, $50,000, among Space Florida’s Accelerating Innovation Award winners. STAT3 Therapeutics of Coral Springs won $15,000. The other two winners were medical device company SegAna ($25,000) and energy-tech startup Capacitech, ($15,000), both from Orlando.

Here’s more about the two South Florida winners:

SaferWatch (www.saferwatchapp.com) provides the ability for citizens to send in photos, videos, audio files and text messages directly to local law enforcement and public safety organizations. SaferWatch also provides its users with real-time safety notifications that are relevant to their area.  SaferWatch Alerts are sent from official sources such as local law enforcement, cities or emergency management organizations.

STAT3 Therapeutics (www.stat3therapeutics.com) is a pre-clinical, 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, associated with immune suppression, and poor prognosis/outcomes.

2 An acquisition:  Magic Leap buys developer of spatial computing platform for meetings

Is a conference room full of holograms the future of work? Magic Leap and Mimesys seem to think so.

Last week, Magic Leap acquired the Belgium-based Mimesys, developer of a leading spatial computing platform for meetings. Terms were not disclosed.

“As we expand the spatial computing ecosystem, integrating a best in class communication and collaboration solution helps us to further fulfill the promise of the next computing platform,” “The spatial co-presence platform the Mimesys team has created is remarkable and we are thrilled to have them as part of our team.” said Omar Khan, Magic Leap’s chief product officer.

 “Mimesys has developed co-presence solutions for leading companies like BNP Paribas and Orange on the Magic Leap One with exceptional success. We look forward to integrating with Magic Leap and continuing to provide bleeding edge communication, collaboration and co-presence solutions to leading enterprises across the globe,” the company said on its website.

3 An opportunity: 500 Startups Miami taking applications for Growth Accelerator

500 Startups Growth Program is coming back to Miami to help high-growth tech startups reach the next level of scalable and repeatable growth. Learn how to spot growth opportunities through advanced behavioral analytics.

When: Sept. 23-Nov. 15

Where: 4 weeks in 500 Startups Miami and 4 weeks remote

Cost: Free

Deadline to apply:   July 28 (rolling admission, interviews begin July 8)

Learn more and APPLY HERE.

Read about 500 Startups Miami’s Batch 1 Demo Day here. 500 Startups says the batch collectively has raised $15 million since the program.

4 Deadline approaches for WIN Lab accelerator

June 1 is the deadline for applications for the next Miami WIN Lab cohort. Built by the #1 school in the world for entrepreneurship, this accelerator designed for women entrepreneurs by women entrepreneurs could be the next step in scaling your startup.

Learn more and apply HERE. Head to our info session HERE.

Read more on Refresh about the last WIN Lab cohort here.

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