FloridaInstitute Commercialization of Florida Technology

Supporting Florida’s Innovation Economy


Issue 101 – Januray 2023



Join Us at the FBIA Winter 2023 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale


Ft. Lauderdale, FL - The Institute will support the upcoming FBIA Winter 2023 Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, where the Institute will participate in a panel called Mock Investor Interview: How to prepare your clients for success. This will enable entrepreneurs to learn more about the questions investors typically ask prospective companies and unpack the answers from an investor’s perspective. The event will take place at the Alan B. Levan | NSU Broward Center of Innovation on February 2nd and February 3rd.

In addition, the FBIA is awarding its Community Impact Awards at the conference to recognize a small (<25k sqft) and large (>25k sqft) highly effective incubation program. Only non-profit programs are eligible to win the award. Selection Criteria for the prize will be made based on the sustained impact of the incubation program on job creation, outside investment secured by incubator clients, and other commercialization metrics, such as the number of products launched, number of patents, level of collaboration with other clients on revenue-producing products/ventures. The award will be presented at the conference.

If you would like for your incubator to participate in the award competition, please submit the following survey by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 27th, to be considered: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0TkZMJrTPlLQKvc.

More on the event and registration information can be found here.



Join Us at the 2023 Florida Venture Capital Conference

February 8-9 in Miami


Miami, FL – The Florida Venture Forum will hold its annual Florida Venture Capital Conference on February 8-9 at the JW Marriott-Brickell in Miami. Over 600 attendees, including over 200 active venture investors worldwide, will join and connect at the conference. This is an excellent opportunity for Florida tech entrepreneurs to connect with active venture investors and other industry leaders to get the latest insights on developments in venture capital. The event will feature pitches by pre-screened startups, thought-leading panels, keynote speakers, and curated networking events.

For registration and more information, please visit the Florida Venture Forum here.



6th Annual Synapse Summit 2023

Official Launch of the $100,000 Startup Pitch Competition


Tampa, FL – This year’s Synapse Summit is on February 14th, 2023. Every year, we will aim to Celebrate, Discover, & Engage in everything the Florida innovation community has to offer. Innovators all around Florida will make their way to the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL.

Synapse is also excited to announce another excellent opportunity for Florida startups. Early-stage Florida technology companies are encouraged to compete for a chance to win a $100,000 investment on center stage at the Synapse Summit. The Launch competition will provide founders with educational sessions and a two-stage pitch competition, which will lead to the top three companies taking the main stage at Synapse Summit to compete for the $100,000 cash price by Silicon Valley Bank.

Applications close on February 7th. We encourage you to apply here.

More on the event and registration information can be found here.


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TSOLife Acquires Fit Minds


Tampa, FLTSOLife, funded by the Institute in 2019, has acquired Fit Minds, a brain fitness, and cognitive training program provider, for an undisclosed amount. TSOLife provides an AI-powered resident information platform for senior living communities called TSOLife Minerva. With its latest acquisition, the company plans to add additional features to its existing platform, aiming to slow down dementia and Alzheimer’s with non-pharmaceutical solutions. TSOLife Minerva collects and transcribes interviews with residents of memory care and senior living facilities, and converts the information into data to understand trends and outcomes, a technology aimed at helping our senior citizens.

More on the announcement can be found here.


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Institute Resources Spotlight: Windshire Consulting


The Windshire Group offers comprehensive consulting in development, manufacturing, quality, and supply chain for the regulated life science industries. They are Boston based with a global reach.

The Windshire Group are experts in pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical development, and manufacturing. Their prominent CMC (chemistry manufacturing controls) and management consulting services accelerate clinical and commercial milestones for (bio)pharmaceutical, and increase profitability.

Products and Solutions
Windshire’s industry-leading products and services for data analytics and quality management assist organizations in being more efficient and compliant.

Webinars, Training, and Learning
Excellent learning content and webinars provide access to insights from prominent experts and increase organizational effectiveness.

More information on this resource can be found at: https://windshire.com/

Additional Institute resources can be found at: https://www.florida-institute.com/for-entrepreneurs/local-national-resources.html


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Venture Miami – Black History Month Pitch Competition

On February 7th, 2023


Miami, FLVenture Miami is hosting a Black History Month Pitch Competition on February 7th and encourages companies interested in participating to upload their pitch deck for consideration. We encourage all early-stage Florida tech companies which fit the criteria to  apply for this competition for additional exposure.

More on the event and registration information can be found 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 organization’s investment decisions are guided through a strong partnership with its Private Fund Manager, Florida Funders. The Institute’s economic impact on Florida’s economy is $4.1 billion, with fiscal revenue impacts of nearly $453 million to federal, state, and local governments.