2024 Florida Early Stage Venture Conference

June 4 – 5 | Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts | Orlando

Including the Statewide Collegiate Startup Competition and the Space Florida AeroTech Summit




Capital Raised

About The Conference

This exciting two day event includes:

Florida Early Stage Venture Conference Logo 2024

The Florida Early Stage Venture Conference features presentations from 40 selected early stage companies, as well as keynote speakers, educational sessions, and other networking opportunities.

The Space Florida AeroTech Summit will showcase presentations from innovative early stage Aerotech companies.

The Florida Early Stage Capital Conference logo.

Selected students from participating universities compete for funding by pitching to venture investors. To date, previous competitors have raised over $4M in capital!

“The premier venue to see early stage companies and interact with experienced, active investors.”

Conference Agenda

2:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M.EisnerAmper
Pre-Conference Workshop
Challenge Accepted: A Look at trends, tools, and
scenarios that make or break startups

($35 add on fee required. Must be a registered conference attendee)

4:30 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
Opening Kickoff Reception

All conferenece attendees invited to come enjoy light bites and drinks at this welcoming reception


8:00 A.M.
Registration Opens 

8:00 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
Continental Breakfast

8:45 A.M. —11:30 A.M.
Company Presentations 

11:30 A.M. —12:00 P.M.
Networking Break

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Lunch & Fireside Chat

2:00 P.M. -4:30 P.M.
Space Florida AeroTech Summit

4:30 P.M. -6:30 P.M.
Closing Reception & Award Presentations


About The Workshop

“Challenge Accepted: A Look at trends, tools, and scenarios that make or break startups.”

Taught by the Angel Resource Institute’s lead instructor, Troy Knauss.

About The Speaker

Troy Headshot Troy Knauss is a partner in several Angel funds and networks that invest in high-growth and turnaround companies. In addition to his fund activities, Troy is an exited entrepreneur with experience in manufacturing, brand building, software development, and ecommerce sales channels. Troy is an active investor in over sixty portfolio companies.

Troy is a frequent speaker to investors and entrepreneurs on private investing through his efforts with the Angel Resource Institute (ARI), a spin-out of the Kauffman Foundation. At ARI, Troy serves on the Board of Trustees and the Research Committee where he helps publish the annual HALO Report, an analysis of over 3,000 startup deals per year. Troy is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston, a former Professor of Entrepreneurship at High Point University and Wake Forest University, and a former Board member of the Angel Capital Association.

Troy previously served as Chair of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce’s Launch Greensboro, an economic development initiative to attract, engage and help entrepreneurs start businesses; he also formerly served on the Advisory Council for Wake Forest University’s Center of Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship; and Chaired The Launch Place, an economic development organization with a seed fund focused on building, growing, and relocating innovative businesses in Southern Virginia. Today, Troy continues to serve on a number of Boards and volunteers on a number of entrepreneurial initiatives. He holds degrees from Susquehanna University and Wake Forest University.

Troy along with Michael Cain, former ARI Chair, published a book, How to Make Money with Angel Investors & Entrepreneurs. This book helps entrepreneurs and investors get a better understanding of what it takes to build, invest in, and make money growing and exiting start-up companies. The book looks at one hundred rules to fund a deal from the perspective of successful and experienced investors and exited entrepreneurs.

There is a $35.00 add on registration fee for Conference attendees. Space is limited for the workshop, so be sure to include when you register to attend the Conference.

“I was able to engage and build relationships with more investors than any other event.”

Event Lodging

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

325 South Orange Avenue Orlando, Florida 32801

Registration Pricing

June 4 – 5 | Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts | Orlando

Last Call
May 1 - May 31
June 1+
Investors and LP's* Must be an investor with an established fund actively deploying capital.$299$499
Forum Members$199$299
Founders Must be a Founder or CEO of a startup seeking venture capital.$199$299
General and Service Providers$299$499
Student Volunteers Limited number available. Contact info@flventure.org.FREEFREE
Active Duty Military, Teachers, First Responders and Other Front Line Public Service Workers$99$199
Add-on Workshop: (must be a registered attendee) 100% of Workshop revenue supports the Florida Venture Education Foundation.$35$35