Florida Funders

Florida Funders is a hybrid of a venture capital fund and crowd-funding platform that invests in early-stage technology companies in Florida.

The firm is led by an experienced team of serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experienced angel investors with proven track records of successful exits and a shared passion for growing the next generation of Florida tech companies. Florida Funders is committed to generating strong returns for its investors while helping startups grow into successful enterprises that will positively benefit the Florida business landscape and the overall economy. For more information, please contact us at [email protected].

Florida Funders is an online platform offering investment opportunities in startups.

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How the biggest consumer apps got their first 1,000 users - Issue 25

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Congrats to Topvote for graduating out of the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator!

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OmniExperience and Threshold 360 Announce Platform Partnership

OmniExperience and Threshold 360 announce a new partnership for the release of Threshold Virtual Tours™ across OmniExperience’s Kiosk & Mobile Platform.

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Vugo to Offer Free Rideshare Advertising to Tampa Bay Area Small Businesses Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The first campaigns will begin on May 15th, 2020 to apply or form more information on the program please visit: http://Apply.GoVugo.com

Full Story: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/vugo-offer-free-rideshare-advertising-123300851.html

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Story behind the story: Tampa Bay Wave, local entrepreneur played role in funding for video conferencing startup

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stpetecatalyst.com It took veteran entrepreneur Steve MacDonald about a half-hour to see the potential in Vizetto, a technology company with a video conferencing platform to enable remote teamwork. After that meeting in March 2019 in a conference room at Tampa Bay Wave, an enthusiastic MacDonald, executive entrepreneu...

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How 1 Woman Shipping Entrepreneur Pivoted Mid-Pandemic to Stay Afloat

Despite the hardships, Brenda Stoner, Founder of PICKUP, has found ways to take advantage of this time, while easing her company into its new normal.

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Peter Mallouk: 5 Mistakes Every Investor Makes

Make sure you listen to our latest podcast with best-selling author, CEO of Creative Planning, Inc., and CNBC Regular: Peter Mallouk!

Listen to the full podcast here: https://medium.com/@FloridaFunders/peter-mallouk-5-mistakes-every-investor-makes-e2c4992c3bae

Peter Mallouk is a little different than most investors interviewed on this podcast. Peter isn’t really an angel investor, but he is qualified as an investor. Peter is the President of Creative Planning, Inc., which provides wealth management services to clients. They manage roughly $48 billion among clients throughout all 50 states.

In this episode, Peter shares insights into how he became an investor, how he handles his clients’ wealth, what role the timing of markets plays in his strategy. He also shares some knowledge from his book, The Five Mistakes Every Investor Makes, including what big behavioral mistakes investors should avoid. So get ready to see investing in a new light and discover strategies to grow your wealth.

So get ready to see investing in a new light and discover strategies to grow your wealth.

Join our Round Table next week to hear from the top VC's and community leaders in Florida on the current state of our early-stage tech ecosystem!

RSVP: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y_YmpRWQS_mb6QXD3g9yNA

We will have leaders from 500 Startups, Miami Angels, Endeavor Miami, Ocean Azul Partners, eMerge Americas, and DeepWork capital discussing their thoughts and answering questions.

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Florida Funders Leads Vizetto’s Oversubscribed Seed Round

Help us welcome Vizetto to the Florida Funders Portfolio!

Vizetto Inc. offers Reactiv SUITE, a software that is re-imagining how presentations are given and enabling remote teamwork from anywhere in the world for organizations.

Vizetto Inc. will use the funds to execute on the business plan, hire additional staff to support sales and product development of Reactiv SUITE into 2021, as well as expand operations into Florida with the opening of a new office.

medium.com Vizetto Inc. to use earnings for operation expansion into the Sunshine State and the further development of Reactiv SUITE

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Sports Startup Digital Debate | Pitch Madness LLC

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Synapse Libate and Learn Ep. 6: Advice for Venture-Backed Founders

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The investment, coupled with a recent change in Florida legislation, enticed Vugo to move its headquarters to Florida. The company currently works with Disney and is considering Tampa, Orlando, and Miami for a new home base.

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Inspirational Women in STEM and Tech: “Be confident and inspire confidence”, With Candice Rezvanian

Candice Rezvanian, Director of Founder Success, discusses the importance of confidence as a woman in tech!

medium.com As a part of my series about “Lessons From Inspirational Women in Tech”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Candice Rezvanian, the new…

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Chris Sullivan, Founder of Outback Steakhouse and Angel Investor - Florida Funders Podcast

Chris Sullivan has always been passionate about the restaurant business—starting from the time bartending and waiting tables. Chris co-founded Outback Steakhouse, which started as a one-story restaurant in Tampa, FL and has now over a thousand locations in 23 separate countries.

In this episode, Chris shares his story and every step he took to find the success he has today. He goes further to share advice for other founders, how his vision for business shifted to focusing on angel investing, and how he became Entrepreneur of the Year.

So get ready to learn Chris’s success story and how he sees the future of the restaurant business.

Audio Versions Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2ab4uoGON45suFjwmFrWEF?si=Nz0HWToQQX2Xf8k9lL5lOQ Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podca...

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Finexio Reports Record Growth During First Quarter of 2020

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Join Partners from Cherry Bekaert LLP and the President of Truist (Formerly SunTrust and BB&T) in the Tampa Market Timothy Schar as they discuss the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program. Learn from experts on how to take advantage of this program to help your business.

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How to Approach PR during a Crisis with Carve Communications

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Seeing Light at the End of the Tunnel: 5 Reasons To Be Hopeful During this Corona Crisis, With…

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American Furniture Warehouse Selects flexEngage to Enhance Brand Engagement

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Yac - Voice messaging for teams | Product Hunt

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3 Secrets for Growing From $1 Million to $100 Million in 3.5 Years

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Threshold 360, a leading platform for 360-degree virtual tour creation and delivery in the Hospitality and Tourism industries, today announced that its virtual tours have been viewed over a billion times.

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America's Best Startups Employers 2020

HOMEE (#10) and Peerfit (#209) are recognized as America's Best Startup Employers by Forbes!

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Don't forget to sign up for the first Thirsty Thursday of the year at Hyde House Tampa!

Get Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/florida-funders-thirsty-thursday-tickets-95625395131?aff=Facebook

Florida Funders is proud to support women founders!

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Florida Funders is proud to join the Professional Credentials Exchange cap table!

Professional Credentials Exchange has developed a digital marketplace leveraging distributed ledger, advanced data science, and machine learning technologies to provide a solution for credentialing organizations to readily share, exchange, and monetize their credential verification data within a secure, private, and reliable community.

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Top 5 reasons You Should Care About Intellectual Property

Join Florida Funders and Stanton IP Law Firm, P.A. as we discuss the importance of intellectual property and the top things to look for before making an investment.

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eventbrite.com Learn why you should care about intellectual property.

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7 Tips for Early Stage Fundraising From a Venture Capitalist

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Series A Guide

Raising a Series A? Make sure you read this guide by Y Combinator first!

ycombinator.com When we started spending more time thinking about Series A's, we didn’t know very much about how they happened. More than 2 years, 190 Series A's, and over $2B of capital raised later, we now know quite a bit.

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