The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, is inviting private, early stage, Florida-based companies to apply to present their pitches before a national audience of potential investors at the its Seventh Annual Early Stage Capital Conference May 15, at the Reunion Resort in Kissimmee.
In addition to providing a forum for 15-20 companies to present, the conference will feature expert panel discussions, a workshop for presenters and investors about valuation of early stage companies, networking opportunities, and access to industry thought-leaders and decision-makers with many of Florida’s top entrepreneurial companies. More details are available in the conference schedule. Since 2008, previous presenting companies at this conference have received a total of more than $12.7 million in early stage investment funding.
The event is open to the public and there is no cost to apply to present. Early registration fees for the general public are $259 until May 4, with prices increasing after that date.
Selection criteria for presenting companies include:
• Development Stage: Companies that are entering or in their commercialization phases. This phase is characterized by the transformation of a technology and/or a business concept into a viable business enterprise. Investment funding at this stage is usually sought to finance expanded management staffing, company infrastructure, operations, and sales and marketing.
• Management: Companies should have fully committed leadership whose primary focus is developing and growing the business venture.
• Business Planning: Companies should have completed the business planning process and have documents available for review by potential investors that fully describe the relevant market and financial aspects of the venture.
• Equity Investment: Companies should be ready for outside equity capital investment to advance the development of the business venture. The company’s development should have progressed to the point that potential investors can conduct reasonable due diligence and evaluate the investment opportunity on primarily business terms. Companies at this stage of commercialization usually seek $500,000 to $2 million in a “Series A” investment round.
To present at the conference, companies must complete an application and send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 11. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of angel investors and venture capitalists.