SUP-X IN THE NEWS


Hubspring wins $40,000 investment at SUP-X startup competition, SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS JOURNAL, JULY 26, 2019

Frank Gencorelli opened his pitch with photos of doctors offices covered in pieces of paper and Post-it notes. He described instances in which practitioners must spend lengths of time finding information that is vital to do their jobs.

"This is the state of health care in the dark ages," Gencorelli, CEO and co-founder of Hubspring, told the audience as he pointed to another photo of a doctor wearing a belt lined with pagers. "That's state of the art. I've lived with this problem."

Gencorelli's solution is a mobile cloud platform for teams at hospital systems, clinical departments, medical practices, medical schools and nursing homes. The Hubspring platform can be used on mobile devices and desktops for medical groups sharing files, scheduling and syncing calendars, creating group to-do lists and sending Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPPA) compliant instant messages, among other features.

The Miami-based startup won $40,000 in cash and prizes Thursday night from SUP-X sponsors including Google Cloud, Seedfunders and Xendoo, the startup that won last year's SUP-X competition.

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HOW SHE BUILT IT: STARTUP FOUNDER SHARES STORY OF FATTMERCHANT, 100 EMPLOYEES STRONG, refresh miami, july 25, 2019

By Nancy Dahlberg

Suneera Madhani did not set out to build a fintech startup.

She was working at a merchant payment processor and learned a lot in the field about the pain points and complaints. After doing a lot of research, she tried to pitch her company’s management on her idea to bring more transparency and efficiency to the industry. They didn’t understand the whole transparency thing. So she left the company, and tried to sell her idea to more than a dozen more  payment processors. Not interested.

“That’s when I knew I would have to make a bet on myself,” Madhani said. She put $10K in, she talked her brother into putting in $5K, and her boyfriend (now husband) chipped in another $5K.  It was 2013, and that was the humble start of Fattmerchant, a subscription-based flat-rate credit card processor and one of Orlando’s most successful current startups.

Madhani was a keynote speaker at SUP-X: The Startup Expo on Thursday, during the daylong conference at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center. 

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Local startups to compete for funding, THE GAINESVILLE SUN, JULY 18, 2019

By: Emily Mavrakis

Two local businesses will soon take the stage to pitch their brands alongside 23 other national startup companies at a South Florida expo, where they will be eligible to win $25,000.

Aha Pure Foods, a plant-based soup company, and RedRover Talent Exchange, will pitch their businesses July 25 at SUP-X: The Startup Expo in Fort Lauderdale.

RedRover is a startup talent-matching company that pairs people seeking work with startup businesses, said founder and CEO March Sutherland. The combination of skills and resources helps drive meaningful employment and advances the company, he said.

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SUP-X: The StartUp Expo Will Be Livestreamed, July 11, 2019

By: iCrowd Newswire

SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo presented by TechLauderdale, Florida’s premier early stage conference, announced today that it will livestream most of the conference for the first time this year.  Five stages and over twenty hours of content will be available via pay per view streaming for $15-$25 depending on the content desired. 

“I believe we’re the first tech conference in Florida to do this,” said Bob Fitts, founder and producer of SUP-X.  “We’ve wanted to do this for a couple of years and one of the startups we accepted into our startup competition, View Stub, handles livestreaming, so it was a natural partnership.  They’ve been great to work with and we’re really excited about being able to bring the great content we have to startups and investors and others all over the world, anytime, anywhere, at their convenience.  It’s very exciting.”

“ViewStub.com is an online event website where anyone around the world can access amazing live events from anywhere,” said Spencer Elliott, Co-Founder and CEO of Orlando, Florida based View Stub. “We’re proud to partner with SUP-X 2019 to bring their exclusive event to a new online audience.  It should be a fantastic viewing and learning experience for anyone who streams the event”.

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4 THINGS TO KNOW IN #MIAMITECH, HOLIDAY EDITION: SUP-X, CLOUD COMPUTING, CO-LIVING AND MORE, July 5, 2019

SUP-X: The StartUp Expo announces startup competitors

By: Nancy Dahlberg

Drum roll, please …. SUP-X: The StartUp Expo announced the startups that will be participating in its startup competition, culminating at the conference on July 25 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

The 25 startups include 22 from Florida (16 from the tri-county area) and one each from Washington, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

The startups will exhibit at the conference and pitch on the event’s pitch stage. Five finalists will be selected the day of the event to compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes. The competition finals will be judged by a panel from Las Olas Venture Capital, Seedfunders and Florida Funders as well as Lil Roberts, the founder of Fort Lauderdale-based Xendoo who won last year’s SUP-X as well as eMerge Americas and this year’s Rise of the Rest.

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SUP-X: The StartUp Expo Announces Startup Competitors from Florida and Beyond, July 1, 2019

By: iCrowd Newswire

SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo presented by TechLauderdale, Florida’s premier early stage conference, announced the startups who had been accepted into its startup competition today. The twenty-five startups, which were selected from dozens of applicants, include twenty-two from Florida and one each from Washington, Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

The startups will exhibit at the conference and each will pitch on the event’s pitch stage. Five finalists will be selected the day of the event to compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes. The competition finals are judged by a panel of venture capital investors from Las Olas Venture Capital, Seedfunders, and Florida Funders. Serial entrepreneur and investor, Lil Roberts, will also serve as a judge. Roberts is the founder of Fort Lauderdale based Xendoo, last year’s winner.

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Serial Entrepreneur Joy Randels to Chair #women4women Forum at SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, June 24, 2019

By: iCrowd Newswire

SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, Florida’s premier early stage technology conference, announced today that serial entrepreneur, Joy Randels, will chair its #women4women morning forum. The forum, which is devoted to female founders, entrepreneurs, and investors and women in general, features two panels and a fireside chat and Randels will be curating the content and the speakers. SUP-X will be held on Thursday, July 25th, at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

Randels launched the first of 14 ventures at age 18. Nine successful acquisitions and two IPO’s later she exercises her passion for building high-value, scalable businesses as the founder and CEO of New Market Partners where she has helped launch 96 companies, worked with over 800 more to amplify their leadership, build scalable businesses, and transform their valuations. She is an active early stage investor and leads efforts to create opportunities for talented tech entrepreneurs worldwide.

Randels has led public and private companies from bootstrap through venture and IPO, raising over $360M in capital and generating more than $15B in revenue. Her experience extends to industry leaders Apple, Akamai and CA Technologies where she was responsible for over $2B in revenue and 17 acquisitions.

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South Florida Business and wealth MAGAZINE, june 19, 2019

Silicon Valley VC leader to keynote SUP-X

By: Kevin Gale

Sean Sheppard, one of the Founding Partners of GrowthX, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund, will be the keynote speaker at SUP-X: The Startup Expo on July 25.

Besides being a VC firm, GrowthX also operates a corporate and civic innovation practice to help companies and economies harness disruption for profitable growth opportunities.

Sheppard will address one of the longstanding issues in the South Florida startup scene: Investors from Silicon Valley sometimes insist companies move there.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 info@sup-x.org, 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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