Issue 85 – December 2019

Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

Special Thanks to Members of the Institute Leadership Council
The Institute acknowledges the following members of its Leadership Council for their longstanding commitment to the organization. The Institute wishes to thank the following Leadership Council: GoldSharpSpringSilverGulf PowerSunTrust Bank; and AffiliateFlagship Solutions GroupFox Rothschild LLPGunster.  With their support, the Institute has delivered over $1.9 billion in overall economic impact across the state.

The Leadership Council is comprised of leading corporations, foundations, and service provider organizations who share the Institute’s vision for a vibrant diversified economy in Florida. Consider supporting the growth of Florida’s innovation ecosystem and join today to help shape Florida’s future! More information may be viewed here.

Register Today for the  Florida Venture Forum Annual Conference
Don’t miss Florida's largest, statewide venture capital event, the 2020 Venture Capital Conference, which will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando from January 30 - 31, 2020. The Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference™ is Florida’s most prominent, “Go To”, capital investment-centric event and gathering each year.
The Conference offers numerous networking opportunities, programming featuring top investors and deal makers active in the state, and showcases Florida’s most innovative and fast- growing later stage, private companies before an audience of venture capitalists, investors, and other service providers. Past Presenters have raised approximately $6 billion in equity capital. Over 400 people attended the 2019 conference, including 200+ equity investors from across the U.S., Europe and Latin America, representing billions of dollars in deployable capital. Information about the conference and how to apply to present may be found here.

Applications Open for the Annual NFL 1st and Future Competition
Deadline 1/2/20
The 5th annual NFL 1st and Future competition, in collaboration with the University of Miami, will take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center on January 31, 2020, two days before Super Bowl LIV. 1st and Future is the NFL's annual Super Bowl competition designed to spur innovation in player health, safety and performance.
Submissions for innovations that could improve player health and safety, including but not limited to: protective equipment, medical devices, sensors and training devices. Up to four start-ups will be selected as finalists and will have the chance to present their innovations on stage in Miami. The grand prize winner will be awarded $50,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV. The second-place winner will receive $25,000 and two tickets to Super Bowl LIV.
Entries must be submitted online, and include a pitch deck and a short video. If you have an early stage company with an innovative product that can enhance the health, safety, and performance of athletes, apply today for your chance to showcase your innovation to the NFL, and the opportunity to win funds to support your venture.  Winners will be announced live on stage in Miami Beach and also attend Super Bowl LIV, courtesy of the NFL. To learn more, see past winners, watch last year's event, and for complete rules and link to the entry form, please visit:

February 11-12, 2020 Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Register today for the Synapse Summit 2020 and be part of a movement that is fueling innovation in the state. The Synapse Summit celebrates Florida’s innovators, doers, thinkers, entrepreneurs and investors. Learn about the exciting developments and growth happening in Florida’s innovation community. More information about Synapse Florida and the Summit may be viewed here.

About Us

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 $1.9 billion, with an annual return on investment of over 31 times to the State of Florida.