Your success starts here.

Why Choose the Forum?

We help startups and high-growth companies connect with the capital and services they need to grow and scale.

When you pitch at a Forum event, one of America’s largest and most active groups of venture capital, other funders, and expert service providers is focused on you. Attending our events means you can network with that same pool of funding and expertise.

Founders never pay to present at our events. And even if you don’t pitch, your ticket will still be heavily discounted. As a nonprofit supported by our membership, your success is our success. Our 40-year history proves that shared success is a model that works.

Went public for $1.6 billion.

Aquired by Apple for $356 million.

Raised $700 million in equity funding.

Aquired by Google for $125 million.

Raised $290 million in equity funding.

How It Works

1. Apply to present.

Start right here. Your startup or growth phase company should have a successfully tested product or service, a track record of market adoption or other milestones, and a committed leadership team.

2. Pitch to investors and leaders at a Forum event.

Deliver under the lights. Connect with potential venture capital funders. Network with industry leaders at our exciting and energetic events.

3. Close deals with capital and service providers.

Pursue deals with capital and service providers. We’ll keep in touch, promote your success, and continue connecting you with peers, investors, and services through Forum events and platforms.

Invitations to exclusive community events and member discounts to Forum and partner conferences mean more chances to build relationships and grow your business.

Requirements to Pitch

Each application is carefully reviewed by an investor-led selection committee. While there are no strict rules and guidelines for acceptance, the committee generally looks for companies that fit most of the following criteria:

Florida-based, or other strong Florida connection such as Florida-based executives/employees, board members, investors, major clients, etc.

In an industry with significant growth potential and active VC investment

Revenue traction, typically in the ~$3M+/yr range. Companies with lower revenue are encouraged to apply if other attributes are present, such as management with successful venture/exit history, substantial partnerships, significant market adoption, regulatory approvals (healthcare companies), etc.

Full-time, committed management

Ready for Series A or later equity capital investment