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eMerge Americas announced a strategic partnership with Synapse Florida, a nonprofit group that connects Florida’s innovation communities, to strengthen the connections among Florida’s major tech ecosystems. The groups are coordinating a year-round calendar of innovation events across the state, including Synapse Summit (Feb 17, 2022, in Tampa), the global eMerge Americas conference (April 18-19, 2022, in Miami), and Synapse Orlando (Oct. 2022)…

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eMerge Americas announced a strategic partnership with Synapse Florida, a nonprofit group that connects Florida’s innovation communities, to strengthen the connections among Florida’s major tech ecosystems. The groups are coordinating a year-round calendar of innovation events across the state, including Synapse Summit (Feb 17, 2022, in Tampa), the global eMerge Americas conference (April 18-19, 2022, in Miami), and Synapse Orlando (Oct. 2022)

A Tampa-based insurance tech startup has closed a $100 million round in its first foray into the funding world. Slide was founded by Bruce Lucas, who previously founded Heritage Insurance (NYSE: HRTG). He served as the company's CEO until 2020, before leaving and launching his latest venture this September. The company has raised a $100 million hyper-local Series A round, it told the Business Journal exclusively, Friday. The company, which expects to launch to the public next quarter, is a full-stack provider that

Some of Tampa Bay's top innovators — and headline makers — gathered on one rooftop Nov. 16 at the Florida Aquarium to celebrate the third annual Fire Awards, hosted by Tampa Bay Inno. With 30 standout companies that closed some of the biggest deals of the year, the competition was fierce for the annual Blazer Awards. The blazer is given to one organization from each category that is truly a trailblazer in their industry, voted on by a panel of esteemed judges

Long lines at the registration desk at Synapse Orlando 2021 were the show's biggest problem — and proof of its success. For the first time since the inaugural Synapse Orlando at Ace Café in 2019, the innovation expo on Oct. 15 returned to Orlando as a live event. At least 1,500 people registered for Synapse Orlando's networking, technology panels and exposition areas at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This year's iteration of Synapse, a Florida innovation convention that started in

The Florida Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit is Florida’s first “blockchain & fintech in Florida” focused event, highlighting the ever expanding financial technology industry. The goal of the summit is to bring together stakeholders, businesses, and political leaders from all over Florida, as well as outside of the State, to collaborate on a strategy that will drive growth inside and outside the State of Florida, benefiting our emerging industry. Our event will unify the fintech communities, businesses, evangelists, and political leaders all

Mac Gardner’s life mission is to teach the basics of financial literacy to people traditionally excluded from access to financial planning, and he’s targeting children in a way that’s convenient and accessible. A certified financial planner, Gardner is the founder and chief education officer of FinLit Tech. He has published two books on financial literacy. The most recent one, “The Four Money Bears,” teaches children the four functions of money: spending it, saving it, investing it, and giving it away. In the

In every city across America, the economic recovery after the pandemic looks different. For many industries that consider Tampa Bay their home, it has been a welcome return to opening doors to customers and scaling operations. It is due to Tampa Bay’s overall competitiveness to thrive and innovate that the city solidified as a new tech hub outside Silicon Valley. As more innovative tech solutions originate in Tampa Bay, VCs, startups, incubators, and accelerators improve the economy. These companies contribute to

The voices of many inspirational individuals who’ve used their courage to create, explore, and share their experiences, resound throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Through successes and failures, passions and beliefs, each has their own unique story that shaped who they are today. Those stories -- from neighbors, co-workers, group members, and even complete strangers -- can sometimes resonate with you enough to change your view of the world around you. All it takes to hear those stories is taking a moment

Synapse is a leader in supporting and showcasing LGBTQ+ Florida innovators. It recently featured LGBTQ+ speakers and experts in its programming, and also included a “Welcoming LGBTQ+ Leaders into the Innovation Community” in the spring Synapse Summit program. The goal throughout the year is to celebrate innovative leaders who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and Synapse continues to do that by hosting industry experts, thought leaders, business executives and investors to events around Tampa and beyond. The organization is

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