Issue 67 – June 2018

 Florida Institute Undergoes Name Change

Effective July 1, 2018, the Institute for Commercialization of Public Research will be known as the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology. All contact information will remain the same, but please continue to check the Institute website for additional news and updates. 

Institute Seeking Private Fund Management Services

The Institute for Commercialization of Public Research (which will be renamed to the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology effective July 1, 2018) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the services of an individual, a company, an investment firm or an investment fund to act as a Private Fund Manager.  Candidates responding to the RFP shall have experience in investing and managing investments in emerging growth companies in the State of Florida, in addition to other requirements, and shall further provide the Scope of Services referenced in the RFP. For more information or to submit a proposal, click here.


International Science Leaders Met at Florida State University MagLab

Florida State University hosted a group of international scientific leaders last month when they met at the FSU-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory to talk about the future of international cooperation in science.
The United States hosted the 11th meeting of the Group of Senior Officials for Global Infrastructures — a group established as part of the G-7 or the group of seven nations with the largest, most advanced economies in the world. This was the first time the group has met in the United States, and the MagLab was selected as the venue because of its important capabilities in supporting scientific endeavors and its extensive level of international engagement. More information may be viewed here.


5 Florida Universities Among Top 100 for Utility Patents Granted

The University of South Florida, the University of Florida, Florida International University, the University of Central Florida and Florida State University were named among the top 100 universities for utility patents issued in 2017. The rankings, compiled by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), were based on data obtained from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the NAI and IPO have published the report annually since 2013 to highlight the vital role patents play in university research and innovation. More information may be viewed here.

Actionable Quality Assurance Forms Partnership with Sisense

Actionable Quality Assurance, a UF Innovate startup and a Software-as-a-Service provider of restaurant food safety and quality assurance technology, has chosen to partner with Sisense to provide data visualizations, business intelligence dashboards, predictive analytics, and real-time reporting that will allow AQA's customers to predict and prevent foodborne incidents before reaching the consumer. More information may be viewed here.

TechFarms, a business incubator focusing on the technology sector in Panama City, hosted its second annual Open House on May 24, 2018.  More information may be viewed here.

Register Today for SUP-X 2018: The Startup Expo 

July 26, 2018 | Broward Convention Center | Fort Lauderdale
Don’t miss SUP-X, the premier annual conference that brings together startup and early stage entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and related service providers from throughout North America. Geared towards early stage entrepreneurs and associated capital, the conference includes cutting edge topics by experts from around the country on crypto/blockchain, cannabis, AI, social innovation, fintech, medtech/life sciences/digital health and more. Attendees include 1000-1500 startup and early stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors, service providers, accelerators, entrepreneur support organizations and others from over two dozen states and several countries. More information may be viewed here.

Don’t Miss the 2018 BioFlorida Annual Conference
October 14-16, 2018
Save the date for Florida’s premier event for the life sciences community. The 2018 BioFlorida Conference is taking place October 14-16, 2018 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort. Hear from life science executives and industry thought leaders, and connect with hundreds of professionals in the life sciences. Meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financing needs. More information may be viewed here.


Registration Open for 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.
The 2019 Florida Venture Capital 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. More information may be viewed here.


About Us

Formed by the Florida Legislature in 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (which will be renamed to the Institute for Commercialization of Florida Technology effective July 1, 2018) is a non-profit organization that works collaboratively with the technology licensing and commercialization offices of Florida’s state universities and private research institutions to leverage a $2.5B+ research base and form 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, 2017 was $970 million, with an annual return on investment of 26 times to the State of Florida.