Issue 57 - August 2017

Institute Funds Facial Recognition Company Kairos
Kairos, a Miami-based company with technology developed at the University of Central Florida, received follow-on round funding for achieving significant development milestones since receiving initial financing  from the Florida Institute.
Kairos is an artificial intelligence company specializing in face recognition. Through computer vision and machine learning, Kairos can recognize faces in videos, photos, and the real-world, making it easier than ever to transform the way businesses interact with people. The company is venture backed and services a diverse global customer base.

Candidate.Guru Acquires Elevated Careers by eHarmony
Candidate.Guru, provider of the leading recruiting technology platform that utilizes artificial intelligence to match job candidates to employers, has acquired Elevated Careers by eHarmony™, an employee engagement, personality and skills matching solution developed by eHarmony, a pioneer in using relationship science to create highly compatible relationships based on key dimensions of personality that are scientifically proven to predict the most compatible, highly successful, long-term relationships. More details may be viewed here.


TAO Connect Launches Mind Elevator Tool to Alter Thinking Habits 
TAO Connect, a digital platform aimed at making mental health therapy more accessible, efficient and effective, along with the University of Florida, launched Mind Elevator technology that uses machine learning to help therapy clients develop new neural pathways in the brain to alter negative thinking habits and  turn negative thinking into a more positive, productive outlook. More details may be viewed here.


Triumph Gulf Coast Board Meeting, Wednesday, August 16th
Institute Entrepreneur in Residence Lawrence Tinker attended the Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. Board meeting August 16, 2017 in Panama City to learn about the application process for awards to support economic recovery, diversification, and enhancement of the eight northwest Florida counties disproportionately affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Tinker is responsible for Institute activities in northwest Florida and has provided support to companies in three of the affected counties. More details may be viewed here.

The Future of Everything
The Sayfie Review Florida Leaders Summit brings together Florida’s top business, government, news media, non-profit and academic leaders in a unique, non-partisan and interactive forum for engagement and collaboration. Summit attendees will hear from some of the country’s most insightful leaders who will help them understand the nature of the world we will soon be living in, and what it means for us today.  More details may be viewed here.


Register Today for 2017 BioFlorida Annual Conference
Register today for the BioFlorida 2017 Annual Conference being held on October 15-17, 2017 at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort and Golf Club.  BioFlorida attracts the largest and most prestigious life sciences community in the state, and it is at this Conference that attendees will connect with more than 400 life science professionals from Florida and throughout the country. More details may be viewed here.

Applications are open for the 2018 Florida Venture Capital Conference
Apply Today to Present!
The Florida Venture Forum is now accepting applications to present at the 2018 conference and early submissions are welcomed and encouraged as a limited number of presenter spots are available. These applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of venture capitalists and private equity investors. If selected, presenting companies will be charged $599 for their first conference attendee and a $50 exhibit fee. To ensure optimum coverage, there is a discounted fee of $399 per additional attendee from the presenting company. More details may be viewed here.

About Us
Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research is a non-profit organization that works with research partners to leverage a $2.5B+ research base and form investable companies that create clean jobs in new industries that are driving the global economy. With funding from the State of Florida through the Department of Economic Opportunity, and through the generosity of mentors, advisors and donors, 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 overall economic impact through June 30, 2017 was $970 million.