Thursday, May 08, 2008

Florida Venture Forum has Arrived.... Finally!



I have been a critic of the Florida Venture Forum since its inception... mostly because of the lack of really national quality deals, and also the absence of any really active venture capitalists or angel investors.


BUT, this year, I have to say that the FVF has brought it's A Game. After reviewing all the companies presenting this year, I have to say this is one of the best group of presenters I have seen anywhere (much less Florida).


Also, I am excited about the Early Stage Presenters - http://www.floridaventureforum.org/subpage.asp?navid=0&id=38


The presenters are diverse, and the technology is impressive.


One company (spawned from UF) WiPower, Inc. (http://www.wipowerinc.com/) has wireless electricity as a core technology, and has constructed a plate where you can put your cell phone and other chargable devices on the platform to charge (sans any wires).


Another company turns Air into Water, for applications where clean water is scarce.


I highly suggest checking out this years presenters and going to the show. It looks like Florida is finally bringing great ideas and technology to the Forum, and will begin to shine as a place of innvovation.





1 comment:

James Hill said...

Rich,
It's great to hear you're excited about the Early Stage event. I will be presenting for my company, AquaVentus, the startup you mentioned in your post that "turns air into water." It's an exciting technology with the potential to make a huge impact in the world and possibly even save lives, while providing a healthy return for investors.

Through my work starting Aquaventus, I've started to learn my way around Florida's venture community. It would be great if there was a website or blog chronicling Florida venture deals, past and present. Raising awareness of these successful venture-backed companies would in turn help raise the profile of the state's burgeoning venture market and companies with new technologies. I'm throwing around the idea of recruiting a group of people from throughout the state, who are connected to the venture community, to contribute to this effort. Do you have any thoughts on this? Do you think this would be useful?

I'm really looking forward to Friday in Orlando. It's an honor to be part of such an impressive group of companies and technologies. If you are at the Early Stage conference, please stop by the Aquaventus booth. I'd like to introduce myself in person and show you our prototype.

James Hill
james.hill@aquaventus.com