In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, selected presenting companies with a focus or technologies in one or more of the commercial markets listed below as related to such companies expanding their use of space-based technologies, or developing technologies that have or may have space-related applications, will be eligible to compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers cash prizes totaling $100,000 ($50,000 to the first place winner, $30,000 to the second place winner and $20,000 to the third place winner) to eligible Florida companies, and companies seeking to relocate or establish presence in Florida. Presenter applications will be reviewed and companies chosen by a selection committee made up of active angel and early stage equity investors.

Space Florida Focus Commercial Markets

All participating companies must be engaged in market sectors that align with the strategic sectors of SF, set forth in its Vision 2020. These sectors are: information technology, health technology, knowledge based services, space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, ISS and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security & robotics, adventure tourism, clean/alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products.

NOTE: Companies with operations and/or technologies that do not fit the above criteria are encouraged to apply to present, but may not be eligible to win the Space Florida awards. Companies will be notified of their eligibility upon acceptance.