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New seminar series aims to spur local angel investment, highlight university-developed technologies

The Florida Institute for Commercialization of Public Research, a nonprofit that works with state research universities and institutions to create new companies and jobs, will launch a program to educate participants on the power of angel investing. The “Doing Well While Doing Good” angel investor seminars will kick off on April 17 with $60,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

According to the institute, Florida universities produce more $2 billion a year in research, with a large percentage generated in Miami and South Florida. The “Doing Well While Doing Good” seminars will help spur local investment by educating participants on the angel investment process and highlighting innovative technologies and products developed by public universities. The quarterly events will bring university startup experts, entrepreneurs and experienced angel investors together.

“In most cases many years and millions of dollars go into developing new discoveries locally, but too often the potentially game-changing technology leaves the state and is developed elsewhere,” said Jane Teague, chief operating officer of the institute.  “The goal of the seminars is to educate investors about the local spinout companies that are bringing these technologies and products to market, and the rewarding opportunities that the local market holds.”

The institute works with technology licensing offices at public universities and private research institutions to create viable companies primed for investment. It offers both company building and company funding programs for promising startups. 

The first event in the series will take place on April 17 at the Coral Reef Yacht Club in Miami. For more information contact: info@florida-institute.com. Space is limited.