Space Florida, Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida and Florida Venture Forum to Co-Host 2015 Emerging Technologies & Business Showcase in Miami

Date: 16th July, 2015

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Growth Stage and Start-Up Companies Will Compete for $150,000 in Prize Money

MIAMI, Fla. (July 15, 2015) – Space Florida, Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida and Florida Venture Forum will co-host the 2015 Emerging Technologies & Business Showcase on November 4, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables.

The Showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event featuring presentations by some of Florida’s most promising early and mid-stage companies, a keynote address by retired NASA astronaut Capt. Winston Scott, and an investor panel discussion.

Presenting companies compete for cash awards totaling $150,000:

**$100,000 for a Growth Stage Company (To be considered, companies cannot have raised more than $3 million in equity capital from professional investors.)

**$50,000 for a Start-up Company (To be considered, companies cannot have raised more than $500,000 in equity capital from professional investors.)

Presenter applicants will be chosen by a selection committee and selection criteria are available on the Florida Venture Forum website. Selection preference will be given to companies in space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, International Space Station and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security & robotics, adventure tourism, clean /alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products, knowledge-based services, information technology and health technology.

Additional event Details and Applications are available on the Florida Venture Forum website.
THE FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2015.

About Space Florida: Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov.

About Enterprise Development Corporation: Enterprise Development Corporation provides advisory services to help position entrepreneurs, investors, and partners for success and in doing so helps grow South Florida’s start-up ecosystem. For start-ups, Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida provides mentorship, strategic development, assistance and management of incubator programs, and customized services. Since 1994, it has helped more than 300 companies per year, and its total economic impact in South Florida has exceeded $500 million. For more information, visit www.enterbusiness.org.

About Florida Venture Forum: The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest and most prestigious statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference.

FLORIDA VENTURE FORUM CONTACT:

Pat Schneider / Kevin Burgoyne / Florida Venture Forum

pat@flventure.org; kevin@flventure.org

(813) 335-8116 / (305) 343-0617

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