Naples daily news August 19, 2015
A partner at Fifth Avenue Advisors, a merger and acquisition consultancy and family wealth management firm, Cartwright also serves as chairman of the Tamiami Angel Fund I and II, one of the largest angel groups in Florida at $9 million under management.
Presented by Space Florida, Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida and Florida Venture Forum, the Emerging Technologies and Business Showcase, a capital acceleration competition and business networking event open to the public and featuring presentations by some of Florida’s most promising early and mid-stage companies, will take place on Nov. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two winning presenters: $100,000 for a growth to mid-stage company and $50,000 for an early stage company.
Referencing the prize money, Cartwright noted, “There are numerous pitch competitions in which the reward is being named the winner. For companies to receive an actual cash award, i.e., nondilutive capital, nationally distinguishes this showcase and should encourage the best angel-backed and venture-backed companies from Florida to apply.”
To be considered as a presenter at the 2015 Emerging Technologies and Business Showcase, companies must submit an online application by Sept. 30. Participating companies (including showcasing companies) must be aligned with one of the following industry sectors: information technology and health technology, knowledge-based services, space transportation and advanced aerospace platforms, satellite systems and science payloads, ground and operations support systems, agriculture, climate/environmental monitoring, civil protection and emergency management, ISS and human life science (including medical research), communications, cyber security and robotics, adventure tourism, clean/alternative energy applications, advanced materials and new products.
The selection committee will consider companies in either start-up or growth stage, and will make its selections based on companies’ innovative or disruptive offerings, potential to attract third-party investment, and pathway toward robust job creation.
Qualifying companies must maintain a corporate presence in Florida or establish a corporate presence in Florida within 90 days of selection.
Cartwright will be joined by selection committee members: Casey Swercheck, CapitalSouth Partners & Capitala Finance Group; Jennifer Dunham, Arsenal Venture Partners; Melissa Krinzman, Krillion Ventures; Nico Berardi, Accelerated Growth Partners; Nicholas Brunner, Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners; Richard Licursi, venVelo; Robert Crutchfield, Harbert Venture Partners; Rhys Williams, New World Angels; Richard Molloy, Florida Gulfshore Capital; Ryan Cortner, Clearwell Group LLC; Travis Milks, Stonehenge Growth Equity Partners; Will Brooke Jr., Harbert Venture Partners; and Mike Byrnes, Emphasys Software.
For registration information, event details, entry guidelines or to apply online, visit www.flventure.org and select “2015 Emerging Technologies and Business Showcase” under “events.”
The Florida Venture Forum, established in 1984, is known as the leading entrepreneurial networking group in Florida that provides companies with managerial assistance and identifies sources of venture capital. To date, the organization has helped Florida-based companies attract more than $3 billion of venture capital investment. Cartwright joins a board comprised of the top venture capitalists, private equity investors and service providers who desire to see Florida become a perennial top five finisher in attracting venture capital investment to the state.
The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and Early Stage Conference. For more information, visit www.flventure.org.
Tamiami Angel Fund I and II LLC are member-managed funds designed to enable private accredited investors to actively participate in a disciplined investment process. The funds invest in promising early-stage through expansion-stage commercial ventures located in the U.S., with a preference to those in the state of Florida. The Funds are members of the Angel Capital Association and the Florida Venture Forum. For more information, visit www.tamiamiangels.com.
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