SELECTION CRITERIA
 
The Selection Committee is looking for Florida based companies with the following criteria:
  • Mid-to-Later Stage companies with revenues of 3 million and up.
  • Preference is given to technology enabled companies, however, the Selection Committee will consider all industries.
  • Later Stage companies that have management teams with domain expertise and/or have raised institutional capital will receive consideration.
  • There is also consideration for Life Science companies with minimal revenue requirement.
  • Florida- based companies will receive priority treatment, but we welcome and expect to accept non-Florida based applicants.
  • Companies must execute a standard Commitment of Participation & Consent/Release Form
  • If companies have presented in the last two years, they are generally ineligible to present, unless there has been dramatic change in their growth trajectory or business model.
  • The Forum is looking for diversification of industry, geography and stage.
  • The Forum is accepting companies to present from outside the State of Florida (on a limited basis).

Presenting Company Benefits

  • A digital presenter’s book with Conference details and an example of a well-executed business plan presentation.
  • Coaching opportunity for each presenter to meet with an expert to guide them through their presentation.
  • A current list of VC’s and investors registered to-date, so that presenters can contact before, during and after the Conference.
  • Discounted admission structure to help defray the costs of a company utilizing their team to attend.
  • telephonic pre-conference where presenters will have an exchange with experts regarding topics such as: Valuations, What VCs are looking for in a company, Dynamics of the Funding process, etc.
  • Media coverage for each presenting company to showcase their companies to investors and other interested parties.
  • Scheduled one-on-one meetings between potential investors and presenters will be set up during the Conference.
  • All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of venture capitalists and private equity investors.
  • There is no cost to apply. However, there is a cost to attend: $599 Registration rate for the first attendee, $50 exhibit table fee, and a $399 discounted fee per person from the presenting company.
  • Presenters will be featured throughout 2019Forum’s Finest  which will be a published list of presenters and “companies to watch”. This will be promoted on the Forum’s web site and in other PR-related communications. This creates additional exposure and opportunities beyond the conference.
  • Presenting companies will receive a Forum Seal. This digital graphic can be displayed and utilized however the company sees fit. It offers validation, and indicates that the company has been vetted and selected by an expert group from a high-profile organization.