The Florida Venture Forum is calling for cutting-edge private companies from around the state of Florida and beyond to Apply to Present at the 2021 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference! In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, eligible presenting companies will be considered for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award offered by Space Florida, a cash prize totaling $100,000. ($40,000 for the Grand Prize winner, $30,000 for First Runner Up and $20,000 for the Second Place winner and two Start-Up Companies are eligible to win $5,000 each.)

Companies wishing to submit an application to present at the  must apply online by filling out the PRESENTER APPLICATION. Presenter applications will be reviewed and companies chosen by a selection committee made up of active angel and early stage equity investorsThere is NO COST to APPLY or ATTEND the conference if selected to present.

 This is your opportunity to reach the next level of expansion, through meaningful interaction and exposure to the angel investor community in Florida and beyond! Early submissions are welcomed and encouraged.

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


Presenting and showcasing companies must be engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of SF’s Aerospace & Aviation Vision 2030 to qualify for the Accelerating Innovation award or prize money. These sectors are:

Information technology / health-care technologies (including medical research and innovations) / ISS and human life sciences / Artificial Intelligence / knowledge-based services and new products / satellite systems / communications and science payloads / ground and operations support systems / agriculture R&D / climate/environmental monitoring / civil protection / cyber security / adventure tourism / clean/alternative energy applications. In addition, aircraft and spacecraft design / parts and assembly / engineering design and construction / structural materials and electronic assembly / data analytics. Also, innovations in planetary sustainability towards the development of nutritious food / clean water and energy / robotics – parts, design and assembly / unmanned aerial vehicles / surveillance / 3D printing and innovations / advancements in augmented and virtual reality technology / radiation protection / space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms / reconnaissance / & missile development.