The Florida Venture Forum has partnered with Space Florida for the 9th annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference and the 6th annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition to be held May 17 at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg.
Early stage companies will be selected by a panel of judges to win $150,000 in prize money provided by Space Florida. The early stage capital conference also features expert panel discussions, investor networking opportunities and speakers from some of Florida's top entrepreneurial companies. Students from Florida universities will also compete to win a pitching spot at the capital conference session.
The deadline for early stage companies to submit to for the money award competition is this Friday, April 15.
Past presenters have attracted more than $36 million in funding.
The competition for a total of $150,000 in awards from Space Florida will include a panel of judges that will review each company presentation and select the top three on the day of the event. First prize is $100,000; Second prize is $30,000; and third prize is $20,000.
Space Florida is interested in companies expanding the use of, or developing a new application of aerospace-based technologies. More information about the May 17 event is available at www.flventure.org.