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Deadline nears for applying to present at Florida Venture Forum's Early Stage Conference

 The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, is inviting c private, early to mid-stage, Florida-based companies to present their pitches before an audience of potential investors at the its Eighth Annual Early Stage Conference. 

The half day Post-Investment Workshop component of the conference will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. On Thursday, May 14, 2015, the Conference opens with the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Conference. All events will be hosted at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St Petersburg,

In addition to providing a platform for Florida-based high-growth, high-promise companies to pitch investors, the conference will feature expert panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a workshop about post-investment governance, mentoring and exits.

“We are thrilled to help another dynamic group of emerging companies connect with capital sources from across the country,” said Kevin Burgoyne, president of the Florida Venture Forum. “The increased interest among national investors and number of early-stage companies that have already applied to present sends a clear message that Florida’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to gain momentum and national attention. We expect this year’s conference to be a record-breaking success.”

The conference will also coincide with the organization’s 5th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition, which invites Florida’s universities to bring their best candidates to compete before a panel of judges to win placement as a presenter in the Early Stage Conference. More details are available in the 2015 conference schedule.

In response to the state’s growing interest in post-investment best practices, the Florida Venture Fourm in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and Angel Resource Institute will be hosting: Post-Investment: Mentoring, Governance & Exits. The Post-Investment Seminar, taking place May 13, invites presenters, entrepreneurs, students, and other professionals to learn the fundamentals of how to prepare for, set up and execute a solid post-investment plan. Presentations, panels and exercises will cover the following topics: mentoring entrepreneurs; management transition; board of directors; tax issues; follow-on funding; exits.

Presenting Company selection criteria, including requirements for the development stage, management, business planning and equity investment, can be found on the event website.

To present at the conference, applications must be submitted on or before the final cut off date of  April 6. There is no cost to apply to present. However there is a nominal registration charge for entrepreneurs to attend the Conference. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee of angel investors and venture capitalists.