WHEN: June 10, 2021 /// WHERE: Virtually Everywhere


Aerospace and innovative tech companies from related industries are invited to APPLY TO PRESENT at the virtual half day Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum on June 10, 2021, hosted by the Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida. Presenting companies will also have the opportunity to compete for the Space Florida’s Accelerating Innovation (AI) awards, totaling $100,000.




ALL applicants must complete and submit the online PRESENTER APPLICATION. In addition, a one-minute compelling pitch video must be emailed to: pat@flventure.org. The FINAL application deadline is May 14, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selection is made on a rolling basis.
Upon notification of selection, presenters must submit an additional five-minute video pitch (MP4 file or YouTube link) with accompanying slide deck (PPT). Five-minute presentations must be submitted upon notification to: pat@flventure.org. Presenters will be scheduled to participate in a LIVE Q & A session with judges via webinar on June 10, 2021. Presentations will be shown on demand throughout the event.

PRIZE MONEY ALLOCATION:  The GRAND PRIZE* Winning Company will receive $40,000. The FIRST RUNNER-UP Winning Company will receive $30,000 and (TWO) SECOND PLACE Winning Companies will receive $15,000 each. NOTE: Prize determination by the judging team is FINAL. *Previous 1st placed Grand Prize Winners are ineligible to reapply.

Selection Criteria

Selected presenting companies must have a focus in aerospace and related innovative technologies (see commercial markets listed below) to be eligible to compete for up to $100K in total allocated awards. Presenter applications will be reviewed and presenters chosen by a selection committee made up of active angel and early stage equity investors. The committee will assess companies primarily on the basis of likelihood of interest by venture investors, and will look for the following qualities: growth potential, scalability, quality management teams, unique or cutting edge technology, competitive and structural advantages, and traction (user adoption, revenue growth, etc.).

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Florida Venture Forum believes diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of its company selection initiatives and processes. We strongly support entrepreneurs of all backgrounds and encourage you to apply. The Forum does not tolerate any form of discrimination, for any reason, at any time. We actively strive to improve representation and diversity within the Florida Venture Forum community to accurately reflect our society. We welcome your suggestions, comments, or concerns, which may be emailed to our CEO directly at kevin@flventure.org.



All participating companies must be engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of Space Florida, set forth in its Vision 2021.These sectors are listed below:


3D Printing Technologies & Innovation \ Advanced Materials & New & Innovative Products & Agriculture \ Climate/Environmental Monitoring \ Aircraft & Spacecraft Design \ Parts & Assembly \ Engineering Design & Construction Structural Materials & Electronic Assembly \ Artificial Intelligence (AI) \ Sensor development & research \ Civil Protection & Emergency Management \ Communication Systems (All / both land-based & in space) \ Cyber Security \ Adventure Tourism \ Clean/Alternative Energy Applications Data Analytics \ Medical & Surgical Innovations \ Satellite Communications \ Information Technology \ Health Technology \ Knowledge Based Services \ Innovations in Planetary Sustainability Towards The Development Of Nutritious Food \ Clean Water And Energy \ International Space Station (ISS) & Human Life Science (Including all human Medical Research) \ Payload Development for Space Exploration \ Radiation Protection both on Earth & in Space \ Reconnaissance and Missile Development (All), for both Commercial & Military purposes \ Robotic Technologies (all types) – Parts, Design & Assembly, both Earth based & elsewhere \ Satellite Systems & Science Payloads \ Ground & Operations Support Systems \ Space Transportation & Advanced Aerospace Platforms \ Unmanned Aerial Vehicles \ Surveillance, both for military & commercial usage \ and Virtual Reality (VR) & Augmented Reality (AR) research & development.