Issue 81 – August 2019

TSO Life Raises New Round of Funding


The Institute recently invested in TSO Life as part of a new round of financing led by Florida Funders. The company,  based in Tampa, delivers a unique approach to legacy preservation through a tech - enabled program for the 65,000 senior living agencies in the United States. TSO Life provides an easy-to-use mobile app that allows caregivers to record a resident’s life story, and provides the residents and their families with an engaging online platform that displays their recorded life stories. Having these recorded memories can help those left behind by reducing depression and feelings of loss while creating a tangible, lasting connection.  More information about TSO Life may be found here.

Mend VIP Offers Customized Telehealth Platform to Support Providers, Patients

Mend VIP, funded by the Institute in 2016, offers a cloud-based healthcare communication solution that enables patients and providers to connect and share files, messages, assessments, photos and data. The customized intake platform includes telemedicine, appointment reminders, patient scheduling, and digital patient intake forms to take existing workflows and processes to the Web. Mend solves the no-show problem by changing the way providers communicate and engage with patients. Text and email reminders, patient self-scheduling, patient rescheduling, and telemedicine are increasing compliance, keeping patients healthier while providing instant revenue growth. More information about the company may be viewed here.

VetCV’s Easy-to-Use App Provides Information and Resources for Life Success


Pensacola-based VetCV is made up of a dedicated group of Veterans and patriots who are committed to helping America’s heroes. Funded by the Institute in 2017, VetCV provides a companion app that helps members of the military manage their careers, healthcare, and benefits associated with military service. The company uses artificial intelligence and other technology to help Veterans,  active-duty members of the military, and their families navigate the complex transitions associated with serving in the military, helping them to take control of their lives, giving them a place to tell their stories, and enabling them to streamline their day-to-day activities.

The company is committed to connecting Veterans with each other, helping them find their dream career, providing programs for personal growth, and advancing their quality of life.  More information about the company may be viewed here.


Structural Composites Leader Appointed to Congressman Bill Posey’s Business Advisory Board

Scott Lewit, President of Structural Composites, Inc. has been tapped to serve on Congressman Bill Posey’s Business Advisory Board.  Congressman Posey (R) is currently serving his fifth term and represents Florida’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Brevard and Indian River Counties, and a small portion of Orange County.
Structural Composites has developed a proven track record of innovation and service in the composites industry, expanding its customer base across marine, aerospace, recreation, defense, and transportation industries. The company has won several federal grant awards and received matching funds from the Institute in 2010. Lewit has been very active with the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the American Boating Congress for over 15 years, and his efforts in Small Business Innovation have earned national and global attention. Lewit has held several leadership roles on a number of energy, innovation, and space-related committees, and more information about Structural Composites may be found here.

Register Today for BioFlorida Annual Conference!

Don’t miss the BioFlorida 22nd Annual BioFlorida Conference taking place at the Tampa Marriott Water Street from October 20-22.  This is Florida’s premier industry event, which provides opportunities to:
  • hear from life science executives and thought leaders;
  • connect with hundreds in the life sciences industry;
  • meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financial needs;
  • maximize your time at the Conference by setting up partnering meetings on the Conference mobile app in advance of Conference; and
  • support Florida's life sciences industry.

This year’s conference will feature:

  • life sciences executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders;
  • scientists, researchers, and commercialization professionals from university and research institutions;
  • angel investors, venture capitalists, and potential strategic partners; 
  • technical and business sessions;
  • legislators and economic development partners; and
  • service providers specializing in the life sciences.

More information about BioFlorida may be viewed here.

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Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology supports and funds innovation companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. The Institute provides company building services, and seed funding through the Florida Technology Seed Capital Fund, to promising Florida startups that are developing products that improve and save lives, and help companies improve their bottom line. The Institute’s economic impact between 2011 and 2018 was $1.4 billion, with an annual return on investment of 31 times to the State of Florida.