More than 30 start-up companies seeking venture capital or angel investments will have booths at the expo with representatives available to talk about their products or services. Six hundred to 1,000 attendees are expected, Gold Coast Venture Capital Association said.
"We have 32 startups; we had 25 last year," said Bob Fitts, president of the association. "Everything's bigger. We've expanded the length of the event and have two panels."
Fitts said the expo's goal is to help startups and investors in the Eastern United States.
The event also will be educational for entrepreneurs, he said, with panelists from some of the latest incubator and accelerator companies and programs in South Florida.
Speakers include Nabyl Charania, co-founder and chief executive of Rokk3r Labs, a platform for entrepreneurs to co-build and launch companies based in Miami Beach, and Brad Harrison, founder and partner of New York venture fund Scout Ventures; Jack Karabees, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of the Miami Innovation Fund; Richard Swerdlow, founder and CEO, Real Estate Holdings - Condo.com, Houses.com and Property.com; and Robert Kelly, chairman of The Sales Management Association.
"I've seen a great amount of progress during the past three (expos)," said Fitts, who became the association's president in 2013. "I see a lot more cooperation in the ecosystem."
The event costs $25 for association members, $30 for attendees from partner organizations, and $35 for members of the public. For more information, go to http://www.gcvcaexpo.org.
Posted Feb. 20, 2015