2018 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

Join the Florida Venture Forum for the 11th Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference and the 8th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition on May 18, 2018. The Forum will be hosting at the The Westshore Grand in Tampa, Florida. Listen to pitches from some of the most dynamic Florida based early stage companies and network with investors.

The 11th Annual Florida Early Stage Capital Conference is one of the largest gatherings of angel and early stage investors in the Southeast, and features panel discussions, speakers, and presentations by some of Florida’s fastest growing private companies. Also, hear from students representing the top universities throughout the state as they compete to win the 2018 Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition

The Florida Early Stage Capital Conference highlights early stage investment opportunities throughout the State of Florida. Past Presenters have attracted more than $80 Million in funding!

In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active equity investors, presenting companies meeting designated criteria will compete for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award, offered by Space Florida. The AI Award offers cash prizes totaling $50,000 (Two $25,000 prizes for each winner totaling $50,000) to eligible Florida companies and out-of-state companies seeking to relocate or establish a presence in Florida. Presenter applications will be reviewed and companies chosen by a selection committee made up of active angel and early stage equity investors.

To view the Prize Eligibility Criteria, click here.

THE FINAL PRESENTER APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 18, 2018. Early submissions are welcomed and encouraged.




  • Network and Pitch to Potential Investors
  • Learn From Experienced Service Providers
  • Connect With Other Successful Entrepreneurs
  • Showcase Your Company
  • Opportunity to Win Prize Money