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Florida Venture Forum selects early-stage presenting companies

The Florida Venture Forum (http://www.floridaventureforum.org) has selected 18 Florida-based companies to present at its Early Stage Capital Conference, to be held at the Reunion Resort in Orlando on May 15, 2013. Five of the companies are from the tri-county area. The Conference is open to the public and registration is available on the Forum’s website.

Eighteen of Florida’s best early-stage prospects for equity financing will make 8 minute presentations to an audience of venture capitalists, private equity investors, angel investors, investment bankers, financial intermediaries and entrepreneurs.  Presenting companies are listed below by region:

Central/East Central Florida

AZZLY® (www.Azzly.com) Vero Beach, is a “Platform as a Service”, an end to end medical office system that benefits physicians, non-physician providers, payers, research organizations and patients. For the 500,000+ office based providers in the US-AZZLY delivers a real-time conversion from a patient encounter (visit) to a claim, improving profits, cash flow and revenues.

Cantoche (www.livingactor.com; www.cantoche.com),Orlando, is an international company based in Orlando, FL and Paris, France, that develops and distributes Living Actor™, an avatar Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform. Living Actor™ is a powerful CRM marketing and training tool that allows companies to intuitively create and publish personalized intelligent 3D virtual assistants to provide Web self-service to online, mobile, and tablet users. Living Actor™ technology automatically indexes and converts content to natural conversational speech and real-time social behaviors.

Frontline Technology Solutions (www.FrontlineTS.com) Winter Park, developed a tablet replacement to the standard GPS unit rented out at rental car desks.  They currently are working with Virgin Holidays, Dollar Thrifty, 4 hotels and a few other companies. The Navi-Tablet is a custom software suite they put download on top of a mobile device's OS that changes the way the mobile device operates.  Currently, they have a strategic partnership with Samsung and T-Mobile.

Partender (www.partender.com) Gainesville, is a mobile, B2B software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that reduces the time it takes managers and owners to do bar inventory from a frustrating 5-6 hours to 15 minutes or less. We do this by digitizing the crazy, archaic paper-pen-clipboard process into a few taps and swipes on iOS and Android.

TruMobility, Inc (www.trumobility.com ) Vero Beach, offers Private Cellular Network solutions, which enable businesses to integrate cellular phones with their corporate phone systems.  TruMobility is the only B2B cellular carrier in the U.S. that has combined a Hosted PBX solution with a Private Cellular Network together with nationwide cellular voice, text and data.  The result is a converged business communications solution that substantially lowers communication costs, increases mobile productivity and eliminates coverage gaps in the office. 

TrueMotion Spine (www.truemotionspine.com ) Gainesville, is a medical device company focused on commercializing patented cervical and lumbar disc replacement devices to preserve and restore motion to the human spine, while alleviating chronic neck and back pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Since the early1900s, arthrodesis or “spinal fusion” has been the leading surgical treatment for degenerative disc disease.

Southeast Florida

Arctico Holdings, LLC (www.arctico.com ) Miami, seeks to pioneer the untapped market of purified ice in single-serving, tamper-proof packaging. The company will locally source and purify water, subsequently storing it in sealed vessels. When frozen, the ice may be removed from the packaging without risking contamination. This would allow consumers to cool their drinks using expertly engineered, slow-melting ice in places where they may not trust local sources.

Bookigee, Inc. (www.bookigee.com ; www.writercube.com) Miami, seeks to create a new breed of analytics for the $28B book publishing industry. Female-founded by a team of experienced publishing veterans, they combine data with our deep domain expertise to make smart, actionable tools that help control risk & drive profitability as publishing retools into a flatter information-driven business. Their industry relationships and reputation for innovation give them tremendous credibility and partnering opportunities that few other publishing-related startups can duplicate. They look for underperforming streams of data--both public and private--that can become high-value with the addition of their unique domain expertise. The goal is to move information in new patterns to unlock powerful business opportunities for key stakeholders such as publishers, authors, retailers, and consumers.

LearnerNation! (www.learnernation.com ) Miami, is a cloud-based SAAS learning platform featuring patent-pending technology that enables anyone anywhere to instantly deploy learning, training, and performance management initiatives. The LearnerNation™ platform is different from other e-learning solutions because it has a number of powerful, built-in teaching and learning tools that provide users the capacity to publish and consume media-rich content in a highly gamified and socialized user environment. Currently servicing companies like LG, Cartier and RIOT Games, Learnernation™ has demonstrated its product’s versatility and acceptance in a myriad of industrial sectors: they service clients ranging from international professional certification organizations (over 1600 different State / Local / Private Organizations + 23 US State Child Welfare Offices), to fitness franchises, EHR & Medical companies, restaurant franchises, professional continuing education organizations, large educational publishers, language schools, luxury retailers, and even New York Times Best- Selling Authors.

Maxx Technologies, Inc.(www.MyBarMaxx.com ) Ft. Lauderdale, provides bar owners the world’s most comprehensive liquor inventory management system. This technology was designed by Maxx Tech in response to a well demonstrated market need in the hospitality sector, which suffers from over $50 Billion in shrinkage each year. Using state of the art RFID technology, extremely accurate scales and video monitoring, the system and its robust software helps bar owners increase beverage profits substantially by recapturing lost revenues and decreasing costs. Users of the system are able to remotely monitor and control operations, generate reports and help eliminate shrinkage.  Furthermore users can easily calculate and re-order inventories on a real time basis through the web-based User Interface.  The User Interface’s reports are accessible from any internet enabled device; anywhere, anytime.  

Melanovus Oncology (www.melanovus.com) Jensen Beach, is a late pre-clinical stage biotechnology company that is developing innovative new therapies and diagnostics for late stage melanoma, which remains an unmet medical need representing a $3B US market.  The company's portfolio includes compounds with demonstrated pre-clinical activity in various stages of melanoma. The core technology comes from the labs of the Director of the Penn State Melanoma Research Center, with exclusive global license to the company from the Penn State Research Foundation. 

71 Pounds, Inc. (www.71lbs.com ) Ft. Lauderdale, offers a "set-and-forget, then collect" system that allows small and medium businesses (SMBs_ to easily collect the $2 Billion of unclaimed FedEx & UPS shipping refunds left on the table each year. They automatically recover their clients an average of 4-6% of their parcel spend on a no risk, contingent fee basis. They are adding 100+ customers each month and provide tens of thousands of dollars in monthly refunds to their customers.

Southwest Florida

GSL Solutions Inc. (www.gslsolutions.com) Tampa, specializes in helping government organizations manage relationships with key stakeholder groups through design and technologies. GSL Solutions has developed a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that publishes content across web, mobile, e-mail and social media channels. Additionally, the system was built to process financial payments and other communication transactions.

Innovatia Medical Systems LLC (IMS)  St. Petersburg, designs high performance wirelessly networked in vivo medical devices to advance minimally invasive surgery (MIS).  MIS is the preferred approach in 39 procedures, 4 of which account for 2.4M abdominal surgeries per year in the U.S. (1.3M of those are MIS). MIS is accomplished with one or several small incisions, has a lower probability of complications vs. open surgery, results in less pain and trauma and a shorter recovery time. MIS under local vs. general anesthesia, results in cost savings in drugs and a lower probability of complications.

Interactive Lifestyle Management LLC (www.interactivelifestylemanagement.com), Osprey, has designed a proprietary, web-based behavior change program in conjunction with its corporate partner, Morneau Shepell (MS), to improve the overall health of employee users and reduce employer health care and absenteeism costs. The online platform uses advanced software technologies to deliver behavior change programs to large audiences at low cost.  ILM programs are sold by Healthcare Benefit Administrators (HBAs) such as MS to their corporate clients.

KiteDesk (www.kitedesk.com), Tampa, helps companies leverage their employees’ extended social networks to drive more sales and to make better hires. Our solution integrates public, private, and third party data to provide highly accurate details regarding customer or employee candidates including opportunities for warm introductions, company and contact social information, and a unique stream view that includes all public posts and communication histories. KiteDesk’s free Personal Cloud client, a component of KiteDesk enterprise, was launched in February of 2013.

Uptown Network (www.uptownnetwork.com), Naples, Macroeconomic factors have the hospitality industry squeezed for profits.  Daily deals and digital coupons exacerbate the situation further.  Menu technology has scantly changed in 50 years.  Uptown Network has invented the solution; SMART Menu Services for the Dining Lifestyle. (SMART stands for Social, Mobile, Aware and Real-Time).  They have proprietary technology that creates a network of menus and brands, creating a network effect in hospitality.  In addition to the technology, they have a pristine, curated database of food and wine.  

North Florida

Mystical Basket, LLC (www.mysticalbasket.com), Jacksonville, is a social e-commerce company focused on the development of the MystiKit platform that empowers the creation, promotion, discovery and purchase of materials and tools for DIY projects using a unique patent-pending technology.  MystiKit Platform is a Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Projects eco-System – that solves both the problems Consumers face in acquiring the right materials and tools needed to do a project and the problems that prevent DIY Project Creators from capitalizing on their ideas.