Current Programs

Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum Virtual Event

Aerospace and innovative tech companies from related industries are invited to apply to present in a web-based competition for the Space Florida Accelerating Innovation (AI) awards, totaling $100,000. Selected presenting companies must have a focus in aerospace and related innovative technologies (see commercial markets listed below) to be eligible to compete for up to $100,000 in total allocated awards. The FIRST PLACE* winning company will receive $40,000, and TWO RUNNER UP prizes of $20,000 will be awarded to each runner up winner.  Additionally, ALL selected presenter companies will be awarded $1,000 each.

Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum Virtual Event

Presenting Companies

2020 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

Space Florida will award its Accelerating Innovation cash prize at the 2020 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, October 15-16th, 2020 at the Westshore Grand Hotel in Tampa.

The Florida Venture Forum’s annual Early Stage Capital Conference is the largest gathering of early and mid-stage venture investors in Florida, and draws an annual crowd of over 300, including all of Florida’s major angel and seed investment groups, as well as many of the state’s most prominent incubators, accelerators and university-based entrepreneur centers.

In addition to the opportunity to present before an audience of active investors, eligible presenting companies will be considered for the Accelerating Innovation (AI) Award offered by Space Florida, a cash prize totaling $100,000.

Companies in all industries are encouraged to apply to present at the Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, however eligibility for consideration for the AI award will be focused on companies that operate in the space and space-related industries

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2020 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference


Past Programs

2nd Annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum

2019 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference

Inaugural Florida Aerospace Capital Forum

2018 Florida Early Stage Angel Capital Conference

About Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, helping emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country. The organization provides programs statewide throughout the year in addition to hosting the Florida Venture Capital Conference, the Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition and the Early Stage Capital Conference.