Thank you to everyone for making the 2019 Early Stage Conference 
such a huge success!
The Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida are pleased to announce the winning companies of the 2019 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, held at Omni ChampionsGate in Orlando on May 9-10thThe event marks the 12th year the Florida Venture Forum has hosted the Early Stage Capital Conference. The 20 presenting companies were selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants by a committee of active venture capital investors. Space Florida provided the Accelerating Innovation prize money totaling $100,000. Below are highlights from the event:


$50K Early Stage Winner: SaferWatch, LLC
“The Florida Venture Forum gave us the opportunity present SaferWatch in front of individual investors, angel groups and venture capital firms. We believe this WIN will help us with additional exposure for our Series A Round coming up! Thank you again Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida for the opportunity!”

Geno Roefaro, CEO
$25K Early Stage 1st Runner-up: SegAna LLC
“Being selected as one of the top early stage companies in Florida was exciting and the venue provided an excellent opportunity for companies to introduce their technology as well as become educated on the current practices within the investment community. I would like to thank both Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida for their support of early stage companies.”
Rodney Bosley, CEO
$15K Seed Stage Winner: STAT3 Therapeutics
Winning the Seed Round provided an incredible platform to showcase STAT3 Therapeutics to members of a vibrant and diverse entrepreneurial and investment community! The win reflects such a wonderful and encouraging validation of the investment opportunity and the proceeds from the prize will help continue building our momentum in making our product a reality so as to one day further improve outcomes for patients battling cancer.”

Matthew Kim, CEO
$10K Seed Stage 1st Runner-up: Capacitech

“The FVF gave us the opportunity to share Capacitech’s growth and to focus on interested investors. This award supports the commercialization of our wire-shaped energy storage technology, and clearly demonstrates Central Florida’s innovation ecosystem.

Joe Sleppy, CEO

Winner: SEED Classroom- representing the University of Tampa 
“Zach and Emilia just graduated with a Masters of Science in Entrepreneurship and have launched their business. Their success is also a success for The University of Tampa. Winning the competition further validates Seed as an investable business and has led to interest from investors attending the conference. The greatest value from attending the event is the extensive interactions with so many serious investors in attendance. We thank you and the Florida Venture Forum for hosting the Statewide Business Plan Competition and creating great experiences for the next generation of successful entrepreneurs.”

Dr. Speros Margetis
University of Tampa
1st Runner Up: Instalist-representing the Florida Polytechnic University
“To me Florida Venture Forum represents the bigger picture that Florida entrepreneurs, support organizations, & universities need to stay focus on as we move ahead. This event does a great job creating an opportunity for early stage companies to not only learn what their next step should be but also to gain the connections they need to make it happen. This opportunity is unrivaled in terms of educational value for our student companies where they get a chance to interact with some of the best investors in Florida and gain feedback on their plan. Florida Poly is only 5 years old but we have attended this event the last three years and it has helped us tremendously.” 
Justin Heacock,
Florida Polytechnic University

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