TAMPA, Fla. & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Florida Venture Forum (http://www.floridaventureforum.org) has selected 21 Florida companies to present at the 22nd annual Florida Venture Capital Conference, to be held at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Golf Club in Ponte Vedra, FL. on January 31 – February 1, 2013. Registration to attend is still open on the website at www.floridaventureforum.org.
The 21 presenting companies, some of Florida’s best early-stage prospects for equity financing, will make 8 minute presentations to an audience of venture capitalists, private equity investors, angel investors, investment bankers, financial intermediaries, service providers and entrepreneurs.
Following are the companies selected to present:
Central and East Central Florida
Feathr, (http://www.feathrapp.com), Gainesville: They have taken on the challenge of bringing personal and professional networking into the modern age. Feathr's smartphone app streamlines the exchange of not just contact information, but the social profiles, websites, and digital media that is ever more relevant in today’s hyper-connected society, while also automating the tedium of contact management and follow-up. The company is the winner of the 2012 Florida Venture Early Stage Conference.
Greensleeves, LLC, (http://www.greensleevesllc.com), Winter Springs: geothermal HVAC reduces energy, but costs 30%+ more. Greensleeves GeoModule™ eliminates this premium and saves > 35% in energy vs. conventional. Their vision is to be the leading supplier of high-value geothermal system optimization software. This market is forecast by Pike research to grow 21.7% annually with GeoModule potential exceeding $1B by 2017. Greensleeves has customers, a patent pending, and a proven value proposition in a high growth market.
Knetik Media, (http://www.knetikmedia.com), Longwood: is a highly reliable turnkey solution with an emphasis on offering end-to-end solutions to telecoms, broadcasters, service providers, and content providers that enable them to manage, deliver, and offer content services to consumers through a multitude of Internet connectable devices. Knetik Media approaches these industries with three major product offerings based on their proprietary software framework. Reach OTT: Multi-Screen Over-The-Top Video on Demand (OTT/VOD) Platform, Reach CMS: Broadcast and Content owner focused media manager and asset platform and Reach Gaming: Telecom monetization and content management platform.
itMD, LLC, (http://www.itMD.net), Miami: is focused on cloud-based solutions for the radiology healthcare market. itMD's HIPAA compliant solution provides secure access to medical images and the supporting data. Radiology images/records can be shared, viewed, and received from virtually anywhere through the use of a web-browser or mobile device; therefore, removing many technical barriers and unnecessary cost associated with radiology services. itMD connects healthcare organizations and enable them to standardized communications via a platform to network patients, physicians and institutions into one ecosystem. Their proprietary solution is compatible with industry standards and is currently deployed with a number of high-profile customers.
RegisterPatient, (http://www.registerpatient.com), Gainesville: was founded in 2008 by a Registered Nurse and headquartered in Gainesville, Florida, provides a Software as a Service (“SaaS”) based patient registration and scheduling application. The main factor driving growth in the global healthcare information technology market is the changing government regulations around Meaningful Use and government initiatives to bring down the healthcare costs. The company is poised to take advantage of the market and environmental factors that are incentivizing physicians to invest in electronic health record technology.
Northern Florida and Panhandle
Navitas Lease Corp., (http://www.navitaslease.com), Ponte Vedra: is an equipment finance company headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, with offices in Cherry Hill, NJ and Columbia, SC. The company provides equipment financing to small and medium sized businesses nationally, through developing referral programs with equipment vendors and through lease brokers in its RLC Funding Division.
Proficient Auto, Inc., (http://www.proficientautotransport.net), Jacksonville: is a leading provider of new automobile transportation services in the Southeastern United States. The company is primarily focused on delivering new vehicles from the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, the Port of Brunswick, Georgia, and other Southeast locations to dealerships located throughout the Southeast region. By focusing on providing consistent, dependable, reliable, and timely service, with best-of-class safety and damage free pickup and delivery, at a reasonable price, Proficient has quickly become a leading competitor in the industry. The company is recognized as having one of the cleanest and best looking fleets in the industry. Proficient has an outstanding, well-diversified customer base, with long term contracts with six of the largest foreign automobile manufacturers in the world. Current and forecasted demand for Proficient’s services have continually exceeded its existing asset base, providing an excellent opportunity to take immediate advantage of favorable market conditions. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company owns one 8.8 acre site conveniently located near I-95, I-295 and I-10 containing the company’s administrative, sales and operations offices, as well as a full service maintenance facility.
Bridgevine, Inc., (http://www.bridgevine.com) , Vero Beach: is an industry pacesetter in digital performance-based customer acquisition technology and marketing strategies. Bridgevine utilizes its proprietary, SaaS capable, optimization platform AMP to (a) provide insight and attribution across the digital marketing landscape of SEO, SEM, Mobile, Social and Display Media, and (b) perform superior up-sell and cross-sell for brands to better monetize their customers through complimentary offers delivered seamlessly into third party web and CRM environments. Through these solutions, the company has delivered more than $2.5 billion in revenue to enterprise customers such as Comcast, AT&T, Time Warner Cable, CenturyLink, Constellation Energy, and DIRECTV.
CityTwist, (http://www.citytwist.com), Boca Raton: CityTwist is a new customer acquisition email advertising company. By leveraging our proprietary email delivery system, CityTwist guarantees delivery of email advertisements to targeted consumers in identified Zip Codes derived from our 125 million opt in consumer database. We productize our unique ability to deliver to identified consumers both vertically and horizontally, including marketing for new/used car sales for auto dealers and local couponing for the SMB marketplace. Simply stated, CityTwist uses its proprietary technology to drive market share in traditional direct mail markets through conversion to email, significantly lowering customer costs and driving increased ROI. CityTwist is an established growth company.
eRealEstate Holdings, LLC, (http://www.condo.com ; http://www.houses.com ; http://www.property.com ), Miami: owns and operates three (3) category-defining real estate portals: Condo.com, Houses.com and Property.com. Revenue is generated from the sale of real estate leads and advertising products. During the past 12 months, 20 million people visited the websites, spent over 1.4M hours on the sites, generated 200K qualified leads and were served 570M ad impressions.
itMD, LLC, (http://www.itmd.net), Miami: is focused on cloud-based sharing of medical images and supporting data. They connect healthcare organizations and enable them to seamlessly and securely receive, view and share critical medical data from within and outside their network. Their proprietary, HIPAA compliant solution is compatible with industry standards and is currently deployed with a number of high-profile customers. The itMD platform is a paradigm shift that provides instant access to imaging records over a standardized communications platform to patients, physicians and institutions.
PureFormulas.com, (http://www.pureformulas.com ), Miami: is a rapidly growing e-commerce retailer of natural wellness and beauty products with a significant emphasis on customer service. The Company only sells top quality natural products, manufactured in the US using the highest quality ingredients. The Company has over 500,000 active clients and offers over 30,000 sku’s. 65% of the Company’s orders are from repeat customers and the Company has maintained a fulfillment accuracy of ~99.99%
The Fresh Diet, Inc., (http://www.thefreshdiet.com), Miami: is the country's largest pure play competitor in the fresh diet delivered industry. The company serves over 3,500 customers per day with three meals and two snacks daily. Food is delivered six nights per week. The company operates five domestic kitchens with a sixth kitchen in Toronto. January 2013 will mark the beginning of the company’s eighth year in business.
TissueTech, Inc., (http://www.biotissue.com and www.amnioxmedical.com) Doral: is a recognized leader in scientific and clinical research of regenerative medicine therapies using amniotic membrane tissue. The Company has received scientific and clinical research funding from the NIH, Therapeutic Discovery Grants and the Georgia Research Alliance in excess of $10M (16 grants) for its research into the field of regenerative medicine and has over 14 issued patents and 25 additional pending applications. The Company's products are processed using Cryotek™, its patented and proprietary cryopreservation method and are commercialized through its wholly-owned subsidiaries. Bio-Tissue is the industry leader in use of amniotic membrane tissue for ocular surface therapy. Amniox Medical addresses opportunities in the orthopedic and wound care markets. The Company is pursuing commercial expansion strategies in these primary markets.
Truth Technologies Inc., (http://www.truthtechnologies.com ), Relocation to Miami: specializes in risk management and compliance for financial transactions. They offer Sentinel, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application used by financial institutions and fortune 500 companies to identify and remediate potential risks associated with financial transactions with individuals and companies. Their software supports transaction screening, continuous risk monitoring, and entity screening. They also provide consulting services for risk management and compliance – these services focus on business processes, demonstrating compliance with laws and regulations, and information technology integration.
About Clare Controls
Clare Controls LLC, (http://www.clarecontrols.com), Sarasota: is a provider of solutions that streamline the integration, maintenance and monitoring of sophisticated home automation systems. Clare products are deployed locally in customer sites and administered remotely via cloud-based technologies that maximize dealer efficiency while providing unprecedented customer control. These attributes – particularly the unique use of cloud technology - have enabled Clare to introduce new products and an innovative, volume-based program that allow Certified Dealers to offer affordable high-performance home automation solutions to the underserved mainstream market, via mutually profitable partnerships with homebuilders.
iDatix Corporation, (http://www.idatix.com), Clearwater: iDatix solutions are built from the ground up to provide comprehensive enterprise-wide process automation that seamlessly integrates corporate information to core business applications and processes. iDatix simplifies the work environment by automating high-touch interactive tasks while filling the gaps that exist in today’s departmental systems and siloes. Employees, business partners and clients are empowered with instant access to corporate information from within the workplace or from their mobile devices accelerating any business process, improving productivity and ensuring compliance and accountability. Their flagship products: iSynergy, Progression and iForms create a comprehensive Enterprise Content Management and Business Process Management platform designed to solve business process needs for organizations such as Lockheed-Martin, Ag-First Farm Credit and Forest General Hospital. This Solution Suite provides capture of any document in any format, turning paper forms into web-based forms, securing, storing and making corporate information accessible, then integrating that information with your core business applications (such as SAP, Oracle, MS-Dynamics, etc.) and pushing it through a workflow of your own design using Progression. Finally, this rich, consolidated and actionable information is presented anywhere at any time it is needed to get work done.
InformedDNA, (http://www.informedDNA.com), St. Petersburg: is a national genetic services company working with health plans such as Aetna, United, Cigna and many others to deploy clinical and utilization management services to help them rein in hundreds of millions of dollars in inappropriate genetic testing while gaining the full benefit of smart genetics services to guide prevention, screening and treatment plans in pursuit of truly personalized medicine.
LumaStream, Inc., (http://www.lumastream.com), St. Petersburg: sells intelligent LED turnkey lighting systems based on the company’s own intellectual property that achieve dramatic energy, installation, and maintenance savings. LumaStream installations result in IRRs in the mid double digits in our target markets. The Company develops the enabling core technology in this rapidly expanding LED industry and partners for controls and fixture manufacturing. Through patented technology, a direct distribution model and strong industry partnerships that complement the company’s products, LumaStream is rapidly becoming a market leader of next generation LED Lighting Systems.
Plasma-Therm, (http://www.plasmatherm.com), St. Petersburg: develops, manufactures and markets plasma processing equipment to the semiconductor industry. The company delivers to the market place the manufacturing equipment necessary to produce a wide range of devices such as motion sensors used in smart phones or automobiles, electronics for cell phones and LED's.
Teamwork Retail, (http://www.teamworkretail.com), Clearwater: brings state-of-the art Cloud Computing and integration of web-based and bricks-and-mortar retailing operations to specialty retailers with 5 to 500 stores. Unlike simple POS systems, Teamwork's cloud-based ERP system handles all data storage, back office, and reporting requirements. Users can connect to the system via the web or tablet computing devices for POS, in-store marketing, inventory, and reporting functions. Teamwork is led by retail systems architect Michael Mauerer (RetailPro, QuickBooks POS) and is deployed in 45 retail chains in four countries.
About the Florida Venture Forum
The Florida Venture Forum, Inc. is Florida's oldest, largest and most prestigious statewide support group for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneurial networking group, the Florida Venture Forum educates entrepreneurs and assists them in identifying sources of venture capital. Created in 1984 by a group of high-level business leaders and academicians, the Florida Venture Forum helps ensure the success of Florida-based entrepreneurial ventures by offering expert counsel and educational advice.
Each year, the Florida Venture Forum presents the Florida Venture Capital Conference, now in its 22nd year. Florida's only statewide later stage Venture Capital Conference, the event has attracted more than $2 .7 billion dollars in venture capital funding for Florida-based companies since its inception.
For additional information and to register for the Conference, please call 813-335-8116 or visit the web site at http://www.floridaventureforum.org.