Issue 73 – December 2018

Holiday Greetings from the Florida Institute


January 23 - 24, 2019 Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL

Register today for the Synapse Summit and be part of a new environment that is fueling innovation in Tampa Bay. The Synapse Summit brings together the best people, ideas, and technologies for two days of learning, exploring, and celebrating the possibilities of technology and innovation. Build on groundbreaking ideas by supporting Florida-grown entrepreneurs and visionaries, and experience exhibits, breakout sessions & expert speakers across multiple industries and sectors. More information about Synapse Florida and the Summit may be viewed here.

Altavian Featured in Forbes Magazine

Altavian, an Institute-funded company based in Gainesville that develops unique payload packages designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), was featured in Forbes Magazine for their advanced geographic mapping solutions that enable improved aerial data acquisition and analysis for agricultural and civil surveys. The article, which focuses on keeping workers and warfighters safe, may be viewed here.

Friends and Colleagues Gather at the BioFlorida Palm Beach/Treasure Coast Holiday Event at theGift of Life Marrow Registry in Boca Raton

Register Today for the Florida Venture Forum Annual Conference

In celebration of the Florida Venture Forum's 35th Anniversary, the 28th annual conference will be held at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 31 – February 1, 2019. The Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference™ is Florida’s most prominent, “Go To”, capital investment-centric event and gathering each year. More information may be viewed here.

About Us


Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology leverages a $2.5B+ research base to support investable 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. Seventy-two companies have been funded to date, and the Institute’s economic impact through June 30, 2018 was $1.4 billion, with an annual return on investment of 31 times to the State of Florida.