South Florida Business and wealth MAGAZINE, june 10, 2019

How the region can further fuel tech growth

By: Kevin Gale

Diversity, collaboration, a sense of energy, great weather and low taxes are some of the factors fueling the growth of the technology scene in South Florida, according to a panel convened by SFBW and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

Still, there are challenges, such as a need for more startup and venture funding. There’s also a misperception about the amount of tech activity in the region.

This is the second in a series of four discussions SFBW is conducting with the Alliance, which is Broward county’s public/private partnership for economic development. The first discussion was about corporate headquarters. Upcoming discussions will look at the region’s aviation/aerospace and life sciences industry clusters.


South Florida Business Journal, june 12, 2018

Semi-finalists announced for Broward startup competition

By: Emon Reiser

The StartUp Expo (SUP-X) has selected 36 startups to compete in its annual competition.

The semi-finalists announced this week include early-stage companies based in cities across four states, and one that's international. The majority hail from South Florida. Five are from Georgia, and Ohio and Massachusetts each have one company in the running.

All of the companies announced will receive exhibit space at the expo, which takes place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Five companies among the semi-finalists will be chosen to compete in a pitch competition for the chance to win $25,000 in cash and prizes.


Sun-sentinel, june 12, 2018

20 S. Florida companies to compete in Fort Lauderdale tech startup event

By: Marcia Pounds

Twenty South Florida companies are slated to compete in Sup-X, a technology startup event in Fort Lauderdale.

Sup-X, an early-stage venture conference in its fifth year, will take place July 26 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. It has selected 36 startups for the competition, including 28 from Florida, five from Georgia, and one each from Ohio, Massachusetts and Israel.

The startups will compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes, said organizer Bob Fitts.

He said companies initially selected to compete are chosen based on factors including business idea and plan, intellectual property, market size and strategy. Geography, ethnicity and industry are also considered. Competitors will be narrowed to five on the day of the competition and must give their “pitch” to the judges from venture capital firms.


South Florida Business Journal, May 29, 2018:

Deadline approaching for upcoming startup competition at Broward Convention Center

By: Emon Reiser

The Startup Expo (SUP-X) is accepting applications for its entrepreneurship competition until May 31.

The annual conference, which takes place July 29 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, is giving startups the chance to win discounted exhibit space, cash prizes and the opportunity to display their product in front of about 1,500 attendees.

To enter, early-stage entrepreneurs purchase a general admission ticket for $99, send an email of their intent to apply to, then fill out the entry form they receive.

Accepted applicants will be notified in early June, including semifinalists who will compete in a pitch competition.

"The real purpose of the event is to bring investors, entrepreneurs and service providers together for the betterment of all three," SUP-X founder Bob Fitts said. "We want to shed a very positive light on the South Florida tech ecosystem and encourage the development of startups here in Florida."



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