About Synapse

Who we are, what we do, and why we do it.

Story

A 501c(3) nonprofit founded in 2018 with the launch of our flagship event, Synapse has become synonymous with Florida’s staggering growth and innovation across industries, technologies, and communities.

Vision

Our vision is to bring together enterprise innovation leaders, startup entrepreneurs, investors, and resources to accelerate the growth of innovation in Florida.

By The Numbers

6 Years of Impact
Dozens of Programs + Events
1,500+ Partner Orgs
35,000+ Active Participants
1,000+ Curated Content
75 Impact Board Members

Our mission at Synapse is to connect and catalyze Florida’s vibrant and diverse innovation ecosystem to drive economic growth and social impact.

Our Values

  • Community-First
  • Future-Focused
  • Be…Honest, Accountable, Agile, Actionable
  • Keep it Fun and Thought-
    Provoking
  • Light It Up!

Our Culture

We are growth-minded individuals who have HEART (HONEST, ENERGIZED, AGILE, RELIABLE, and THOUGHT-PROVOKING.)

Our Pillars

We connect, catalyze, grow, and impact.
These four actions are our brand pillars. They reflect the character and quality of our relationship with our community. Our brand pillars serve as organizing principles to guide strategic decisions in everything we do.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Florida's Innovation Community

Lauren Prager

Chief Executive Officer

Basha Ferdinand

Basha Ferdinand

VP of Programming & Community Engagement

Florida's Innovation Community

AmyKelly Petruzzella

Director of Operations

 

Florida's Innovation Community

Nicole McDougall

Director of Partnerships

 

Contributors

The unwavering commitment and selfless dedication of Synapse Contributors help us advance our mission and make our community a better place.

Synapse contributor Daniel Cura

Andre Thomas

Marketing Support

Synapse contributor Daniel Cura

Daniel Cura

Tidal Marketing

Synapse contributor Daniel Cura

Dhaval Patel

DAS Infomedia

Synapse contributor Jeff Parisi

Jeff Parisi

Digital Marketing Pro

Synapse contributor Karisya Adames

Karisya Moran-Adames

Community outreach

Synapse contributor Shelby Vecchio

Shelby Vecchio

Creative Design Pro

Synapse contributor Zebrina Edgarton-Maloy

Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy

Zebrina Creative Studio

Statewide Ambassadors

These innovators from across the state are servant-leaders that dedicate their time off the clock to make a difference in the innovation community every day.

Christine Caven Synapse Florida Ambassador

Christine Caven

North Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Dave Vanz

Central Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Derek Barnett

South Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Eddie Gonzalez Loumiet

North Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Jaap Donath

South Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Jarin Eisenberg

Space coast

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Kelly Reeser

North Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Lloyd Reshard

North Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Rose LeJiste

Central Florida

Synapse Florida Ambassador

Stephanie Miller

Space Coast