January 3, 2002
ENTREPRENEURS COMPETE FOR THE GOLD AT THE 11TH ANNUAL FLORIDA VENTURE CAPITAL CONFERENCE
Statewide Venue Launches January 30-31, 2002
1000 Expected to Attend Including 100 VC Firms
Later stage entrepreneurial companies from across Florida will each have 12 minutes to convince a national audience of venture capitalists to invest in their companies at the 11th annual Florida Venture Capital Conference. Florida's only statewide conference for the venture capital community, that has attracted millions of dollars of venture capital to Florida-based companies, is set for January 30-31, 2002 at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.
"We have an exceptional group of qualified presenters this year from all the major regions in Florida," said Thomas E. Aucamp, a Director with New River Capital Partners and 2002 Chairperson of the Florida Venture Forum. "Most of these companies have already raised early stage capital, have revenues and are profitable." The Conference is a platform designed to identify promising, high-growth companies in Florida looking for equity financing, and showcase them to venture capitalists and other private equity funding sources. The 2002 lineup of presenters features biotech, software developers and medical/health care. VCs have previously invested in communications, retail, medical/health care and high tech/e-commerce.
The two-day event includes approximately 20 back-to-back company presentations, seminars featuring the country's leading consultants, service providers and venture capitalists plus several national speakers. The Keynote Speaker on January 31 is Florida Governor Jeb Bush. The Opening Day Speakers on January 30 are John G. Clarkson, M.D., Senior Vice President/Medical Affairs, Dean of the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Dr. Charles Young, President of the University of Florida. Over 900 people attended the 2001 Conference and 1,000 venture capitalists, leading service providers, entrepreneurs and investment bankers are expected to attend the 2002 Conference.
The Conference also boasts a high-profile and respected list of Platinum Level sponsors, each of whom have contributed financially as well as hours of volunteer time coaching presenters and acting as mentors. These sponsors include Akerman Senterfitt, Bank of America, Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown, Edwards & Angell, LLP, Ernst & Young, Greenberg Traurig LLP and Raymond James & Associates Inc.
According to the National Venture Capital Association (www.nvca.org), venture capital investments have increased over the past decade with close to $104 billion in venture capital invested in companies nationwide in the year 2000.
Presenting companies at the 2002 Conference went through an extensive selection process, which included the online submission of a detailed application including financial history, business model and management qualifications. More than 300 applications were submitted by companies from within the entire state of Florida.
The entrepreneurs selected to present at the 2002 Conference have received valuable training as a benefit of their selection. The Florida Venture Forum, Inc., organizers of the Conference, conducted Basic Training for Entrepreneurs, a crash course which educates presenters on presenting their business plan, crafting an elevator speech, negotiating private equity funding and making a successful public presentation.
Conference Registration is available on-line at www.flvencap.org/attendee_form.php3 or by calling 305-446-5060.
Conference fees are $449 per person before January 9 and $499 thereafter. For hotel reservations, contact the Doral at 1-800-713-6725 and mention the Conference room rate of $299 for a single room.
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ABOUT FLORIDA VENTURE FORUM, INC.
The Florida Venture Forum, Inc., created in 1984, is Florida's premier entrepreneurial networking group that helps entrepreneurs manage their growing business and identify sources of venture capital. For updated information on presenters, speakers and sponsors, please visit www.flvencap.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Florida Venture Forum (FVF)/Florida Venture Capital Conference Spokespersons
Jeanne A. Becker, FVF Executive Director, 305/446-5060
Thomas E. Aucamp, 2002 FVF Chairperson, 954/713-1165
Kevin Watson, 2001 FVF Chairperson and Chairperson of the 2002 Conference Selection Committee, C/max Capital, 954/765-3480 x226
Daniel H. Aronson, 2002 Conference Co-Chairperson, Greenberg Traurig, P.A., 954/765-0500
Reuben Johnson, 2002 Conference Co-Chairperson, Raymond James & Associates, 561/833-0285
2002 PRESENTING COMPANIES 20 as of 1/3/02
The Athena Group, Inc. (www.athena-group.com) (Gainesville) - Licenses high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) semiconductor intellectual property (SIP) that enables breakthrough improvements in speed, power consumption and cost for system on a chip (SoC).
Copharos, Inc. (www.copharos.com) (Ponte Vedra Beach) - Developer of proprietary vitamin B-12 based imaging and therapeutic agents to the used in the early detection and treatment of various cancers, with possible applications in infectious disease as well.
CopperCom, Inc. (www.coppercom.com) (Boca Raton) - Develops an end-to- end architecture that combines voice over broadband access with a robust soft switch system.
Dialtone, Inc. (www.dialtone.com) (Ft. Lauderdale) - Provider of dedicated managed hosting based on both the Linux and Windows 2000 platform.
Dyadic International, Inc. (www.dyadic-group.com) (Jupiter) - Develops proprietary biological systems for the discovery and expression of eukaryotic proteins, polypeptides and other biologically active compounds from diverse environmental sources.
Florida Digital Network (www.floridadigital.net) (Orlando) - Provider of local, long distance and Internet access service to customers in eight markets across Florida.
Image-Guided NEUROLOGICS, Inc. (www.igneurologics.com) (Melbourne) - Leading innovator in the development of precision access, navigation, and delivery products for the less invasive treatment of neurological diseases.
IntelliNet Technologies, Inc. (www.intellinet-tech.com) (Melbourne) - Develops communications infrastructure software and middleware technology for networking traditional SS& and next generation IP-based networks.
In.vision Research Corporation (www.invisionresearch.com) (St. Petersburg) - Developer of a fully integrated suite of XML-based software products that have been developed to work together "off-the-shelf" from inception.
Medcanica, Inc./Pobcab, LLC (www.medcanica.com) (Miami) - A medical device company focused on the development of instruments and procedures to perform closed chest, endoscopic, coronary artery bypass ("CAB") surgery on a beating heart, or POBCAB (Port, Off-Pump, Coronary Artery Bypass).
MeshNetworks, Inc. (www.meshnetworks.com) (Maitland) - Developer of high speed Ad Hoc, mobile wireless, pure IP networking technology based on DoD specifications that can deliver 608 Mbps at up to 1/30 the cost of traditional wireless networks.
NexTrade (www.nextrade.org) (Clearwater) - Provides full suite of electronic exchange technology that enables market participants to trade products, primarily financial instruments, quicker, more efficiently, anonymously and at lower costs than a traditional trading environment.
Optium Corporation (www.optiumcorp.com) (Orlando) - A fiber-optics company that designs, PartnerCommunity, Inc. (www.partnercommunity.com) (Boca Raton)- Provides partner management solutions for service providers who need to bond electronically with their customers and partners, manufactures, and markets high-speed transceiver products.
Pilgrim Software (www.pilgrimusa.com) (Tampa)- Developer of proprietary Enterprise Quality Management (EQMO) software solution for managing the product quality life cycle within manufacturing and the supply chain.
PsiloQuest (no website) (Winter Park) - Develops and commercializes Chemical Mechanical Planarization's (CMP) polishing pads.
ScriptRx, Inc. (www.scriptrx.com) (West Palm Beach) - Provider of interactive healthcare systems for patient documentation, which reduce medication errors, fraud and dramatically improve the timeliness and quality of patient care in Hospital Emergency Departments (EDs.)
Sunol Molecular Corporation (www.sunolmolecular.com) (Miramar) - A biopharmaceutical developer of high value novel human therapeutics based on the immune system molecules from the antibody super family- antibodies, T-cell receptors and major histocompatibility complexes (MHC).
SWANTECH, LLC (www.swantech.com) (Ft. Lauderdale) - Designs, manufactures and markets advanced ultrasonic stress wave diagnostic systems used to determine the operating health of machinery.
Xytrans, Inc. (www.xytrans.com) (Orlando) - Leading supplier of Millimeter Wave (MMW) transceivers for broadband communications.