Florida Venture Forum Announces Presenting Companies for 2015 Early Stage Capital Conference

Florida Venture Forum Announces Presenting Companies for 2015 Early Stage Capital Conference

April 28, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. & MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Florida Venture Forum has selected 19 Florida-based companies to present and two companies to exhibit at its Early Stage Capital Conference. The event will take place Thursday, May 14, at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, Fla 33701. Click here to view the conference schedule.

The presenting companies, some of Florida’s best prospects for attracting equity financing, were selected from the largest-ever pool of applicants for this conference by a committee of active Florida early stage investors. Each company will make a six-minute presentation to an audience of more than 250 investors, professional services providers and entrepreneurs.

Presenting companies are listed below, by region:

Central/East Central Florida

Details Flowers, LLC, (www.detailsflowers.com), Daytona Beach, offers a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) computer software built for the floral and event industry to simplify the sourcing, networking and management of large-scale events.

ICLOAK, Inc, (www.icloak.org), Orlando, The ICLOAK® Stik device, plugged into any computer, loads the ICLOAK® platform with apps for surfing the web anonymously, storing encrypted usernames and passwords, sending encrypted emails, and even working on documents and spreadsheets in a safe, secure and trusted system on the ICLOAK STIK which users can carry on their keychains. The company also provides patented biometric authentication identification and access control solutions for consumers and enterprises.

NeuroNet Learning LLC, (www.neuronetlearning.com), Gainesville, has created a suite of educational software programs that facilitate learning through movement, an approach based on recent advances in neuroscience that inform how the brain creates and strengthens neural networks through experience and purposeful practice.

NeXtGen Biologics, Gainesville, is developing a Class II medical device for the repair of soft tissue. The company has discovered an innovative technology that utilizes the extracellular matrix (ECM) from a very unique species known as an axolotl. This species has regenerative properties and combines the innate attributes of nature with the precision of science to help the body heal itself.

Swarmify, (www.swarmify.com), Melbourne, has created a patent-pending technology that can break a video into pieces and then make realtime decisions to load the video from different source locations. Their technology requires no plugins, downloads, or installs by the user watching the video.

Southeast Florida

Blackdove, (www.blackdove.com), Miami, is a global motion art marketplace and distribution platform enabling internet connected television and display screens to receive curated, customizable content streams of digital motion art.

ClassWallet, (www.classwallet.com), Miami, is a first-to-market, end-to-end solution to manage the distribution and spending of money within a closed platform.

Dioxide Materials, (www.dioxidematerials.com), Boca Raton, is recycling CO2 and creating useful products. They have proprietary catalysts that enable CO2 conversion to occur at record selectivity and energy efficiency.

Integene International, (www.integene-int.com), Miami, is developing a platform gene therapy technology capable of treating a broad base of vascular diseases, including peripheral arterial disease, critical limb ischemia, coronary artery disease, chronic wounds and other vascular disorders.

Raw Shorts, (www.rawshorts.com), Miami, is an easy-to-use, template-driven cloud-based explainer video builder. The ease of use that Raw Shorts provides allows businesses to think about video beyond the “30 second promo spot”.

Referrizer LLC, (www.referrizer.com), Miami, is a referral system for both in-store and on the go businesses. Customers are able to utilize the platform (phone application, email, and QR coded business size cards) to invite their friends (warm market) to experience the businesses of their choice for instant referrals.

Room2Care.com, (www.room2care.com), Miami Beach, is developing an end to end marketplace for Shared Senior Living. By leveraging the power of the sharing economy, Room2Care creates affordable low cost senior care. Room2Care connects people with extra space in their homes and the ability to provide basic care with appropriate seniors that need that level of care.

SpringBIG, Inc, (www.SpringBIG.com), Boca Raton, is one of the few innovative leaders driving the creation of a new industry: loyalty marketing for small businesses. Founded in 2013 by a veteran innovator in the customer loyalty industry and B2B sales growth expert, SpringBIG has focused sales and marketing efforts on the 7.43m local retail “independent” merchants in the U.S.

Tudor Ice Company, Miami, seeks to pioneer the untapped market of purified ice in single serving, tamper-proof packaging. The Miami-based company will locally source and purify water subsequently storing it in sealed vessels. When frozen, the ice may be removed from the packaging allowing consumers to not only cool their drinks more efficiently but also have access to clean ice in places where they may not trust local sources.

YouRoam, (www.youroam.com), Miami Beach, enables you to make and receive calls with your own phone number anywhere in the world without paying roaming and long distance fees. Users can receive calls on their US phone number while anywhere in the world for 1 cent/minute and call back to the US displaying their regular caller ID for 1 cent/minute.

West Central Florida

Check I’m Here, (www.checkimhere.com), St. Petersburg, gives institutions and organizations the power to manage, track, assess, & engage everything from members and attendees, to students and alumni.

Chui, (www.getchui.com), Siesta Key, is an intelligent doorbell that uses a blend of facial recognition and proprietary technology. It is offering a hardware and software combination and offers the hardware as a DIY replacement of your existing doorbell and a mobile application to operate all functionality.

SavvyCard, (www.savvycard.com), St. Petersburg, partners with industry aggregators, such as trade associations, to distribute mobile solutions that work to align the industry players in service of their customers. Aligning the industry to improve service to the customer will make the industry less susceptible to disruption.

Webtalk, Inc, (www.webtalk.co), St. Petersburg, is a professional networking utility that has taken aim at solving LinkedIn’s largest issues from lack of engagement, commercialism and contact management. On the front end, Webtalk has a hybrid responsive/adaptive user interface that allows the software to render on any device and any operating system providing for a world-class experience, anywhere.

About the Early Stage Capital Conference

The Early Stage Capital Conference will feature company presentations, panel discussions, a post-investment workshop conducted by the Angel Resources Institute, networking opportunities, and access to industry thought-leaders and decision-makers from many of Florida’s top entrepreneurial companies.

The conference will also feature the 5th annual Collegiate Business Plan Competition, where representative entrepreneurs from major Florida colleges and universities present and compete before an audience of active investors.

Since 2008, previous presenting companies at the conference have raised more than $20 million in early stage investment funding.

For more details, including registration information and conference schedule please visit:http://www.flventure.org/events/2015-early-stage-venture-capital-conference.aspx

About the Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest and most prestigious statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference. For more information, visit http://www.flventure.org or e-mail pat@flventure.org.


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