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Synapse Summit: Now You Can Reach Out for Mental Health Assistance Via Text With ‘Cope Notes’

Cope Notes CEO Johnny Crowder noticed that when people had to elect to use mental health services, that they were less likely to do so. Whereas most mental health apps collect data on their users, Cope Notes is completely anonymous. During this year’s Synapse Summit in Tampa, Grit Daily sat down with Crowder, who told us about his life, what led to his idea for Cope Notes and his hopes for the future of the business.

The Benefits of Freelance, Without the Boss

When speaking to Epstein at the 2020 Synapse Summit in Tampa, she explained her inspiration for SoleVenture. Having graduated from law school at the height of the recession, she saw the workforce changing rapidly. “The whole business model of payroll companies and the PEO (Professional Employer Organization) industry is to help small businesses have the leverage of a large company,” says Epstein,

Mayor Calls For Tech Disruption to Combat Tampa Infrastructure Crisis

“Transportation really is the region’s Achilles heel,” Mayor Castor told gatherers during the Synapse Summit. When asked how she would prioritize these issues, the mayor responded “I say we’re so far behind we think we’re first, and we really need to have transportation solutions.


Sara Blakely, CEO and founder of Spanx, packed the stands and gave entrepreneur advice to startups on the second day of the Synapse Summit 2020 Conference at Amalie Arena last Wednesday.

Here’s what the local tech scene can learn from Tampa

More than 7,000 people crowded Amalie Arena in Tampa on Feb. 11-12 for Synapse Summit. The annual summit started in Tampa and held its first Orlando version in October 2019, hosting more than 1,000 attendees.

Cars Wrapped In Ads Leverage Location Tracking

Cars may not yet be self-driving, but that isn’t stopping them from becoming advertising vehicles. At the third annual Synapse Summit in Tampa, Florida, this week, a local startup showed its approach to on-car advertising combined with state-of-the art location tracking. In a novel twist to outdoor advertising, Nickelytics signs up drivers of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, wraps their cars in advertising and then tracks who sees the ad.

What you need to know about 5G as it rolls out in Central Florida

But it’s important to know how 5G can affect companies and how to use it properly, experts said during a Feb. 11 panel discussion at Synapse Summit in Tampa. The event serves as a showcase for innovation and emerging technology in Central Florida.

Tampa-St. Pete business, civic leaders talk innovation at Synapse Summit

Arnie Bellini, the founder of ConnectWise, plans to create thousands of technology jobs and invest millions of dollars in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor envisions city government as a catalyst for innovation. Tampa Bay Lightning owner and startup support Jeff Vinik wants to get the word out that the area is a great place to do business. All three shared their visions during the Synapse Summit, a conference celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship held earlier this week in […]

Editor’s picks: Five things to know while you followed up leads from the Synapse Summit

Research from global staffing firm Robert Half shows 61 percent of workers in the Tampa Bay region are engaged and love their job. One in four are somewhat engaged and they say they like their job but would like more of a challenge or professional development.

Florida Ag Commissioner talks up the potential of hemp as an economic driver at Synapse Summit

Hemp could become the state’s next big industry, according to Nikki Fried, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Fried, the only Democrat to hold statewide office and the first woman elected as agriculture commissioner, outlined the potential for hemp and other innovations in agriculture during the Synapse Summit earlier this week in Tampa.

JPMorgan Chase pledges $500,000 to women-owned tech startups in Tampa Bay

The Synapse Summit in Tampa is brimming with innovative ideas in the tech sphere. During the summit, representatives from JPMorgan Chase announced that it would pledge $500,000 between Tampa Bay Wave and Embarc Collective to increase training and access to capital opportunities for women-owned technology startups in the Tampa Bay area.

Startup founders square off at Pitch Madness at Synapse Summit

The first-place prize comes with a $10,000 equity investment. Half of that total came from SeedFunders St. Petersburg, and the other half came from SeedFunders Orlando, said Dave Chitester. Chitester, co-founder and CEO of St. Petersburg-based SeedFunders, is chairman of SeedFundersOrlando.

Mayor Castor unveils tech initiative at Synapse Summit in downtown Tampa

During the second day of the 2020 Synapse Summit, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor unveiled a new technology-focused initiative that will work to solve the city’s problems. The program, called Intersection of Innovation, aims to bring local experts, citizens and startups together to solve problems impacting the Tampa area. Companies and individuals who participate will get the chance to pitch projects to the city, which may then be selected for future pilot programs.

Spanx creator learned to be independent in Clearwater Beach

Sara Blakely is a rock star to a crowd of business innovators and entrepreneurs a the Synapse Summit in Tampa. She introduced the world to an undergarment called Spanx 20 years ago.

Spanx founder returns to Bay Area, offering inspiration at entrepreneur summit

Sara Blakely is a rock star to a crowd of business innovators and entrepreneurs at the Synapse Summit in Tampa. She introduced the world to an undergarment called Spanx 20 years ago. “When I invented Spanx, I heard ‘no’ for two years, but I was trained not to let that stop me,” said Blakely, who made cold calls selling copiers before finding her fortune with Spanx.

Spanx founder tops off Synapse Summit with packed house, entrepreneur advice

Spanx founder Sara Blakely believes you can take her out of Clearwater Beach, but can’t take Clearwater Beach out of her. It was one of several lines that drew laughs delivered to a packed audience in Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa during the second day of the Synapse Summit. Blakely, an Atlanta resident who founded the billion-dollar shapewear company in 2000, took the stage as its keynote speaker on Wednesday.

Synapse Summit grows with the Tampa Bay startups it champions

The event drew about 60 percent of its participants from the bay area, another 30 percent from elsewhere in Florida and 10 percent from outside the state, with many from cities like Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and a few from as far away as Albania and Brazil.

Cold-calling helped Sara Blakely build a $1 billion business

“Sell the problem you are solving, not the product. People are far more emotionally connected to that to your product,” Blakely said during a keynote presentation at the Synapse Summit. Blakely’s keynote was a highlight of the summit, a two-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship produced by Synapse Florida.

Wave, Embarc join forces on program for women entrepreneurs

JP Morgan Chase has awarded Tampa Bay Wave and Embarc Collective a $500,000 grant to launch a new program exclusively for women tech entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay. Linda Olson, president and CEO of Tampa Bay Wave, and Lakshmi Shenoy, CEO of Embarc Collective, announced the initiative at the Synapse Summit, a two-day celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship in downtown Tampa.

Synapse event to return to Orlando

Tampa-based Synapse Florida will host its Synapse Orlando event on Oct. 16. The day-long event, hosted with the Orlando Economic Partnership, features speakers, exhibitors and networking opportunities with members of Central Florida’s technology sector and business community.

The lightbulb moments and brick walls that created a $150 million Tampa company

Friedman and Soliman, who is CEO, shared some of the lessons learned while building the company during the Synapse Summit, a startup and innovation conference produced by Synapse Florida.

Out of state investors zero in on Tampa startups during Synapse Summit

Four out-of-state investors gathered for a panel at the Synapse Summit in downtown Tampa on Tuesday afternoon titled “Venture, Growth and Debt Capital, a Guide to Successfully Capitalize Your Startup.” The men discussed what startups can look out for when it comes to seeking investments, as well as why some believe Tampa is a standout city in Florida.

USF president Currall targets entrepreneurs, innovative partners at Synapse Summit

USF President Steven Currall was a keynote speaker at Synapse Summit 2020 on Tuesday at Amalie Arena and talked about the importance of collaborating with government officials and entrepreneurs as a university to advance the ecosystem of innovation.

Technology innovators will redefine Tampa’s skyline and economy, summit attendees say

Erik Paul is betting that his new innovation will be a hit. It’s a cast or brace that can be made on a digital printer in a doctor’s office. “It’s a total game-changer for the orthopedic industry,” insisted the CEO of Exiom, LLC. “It allows on-site production while the patient waits.”

Synapse Summit draws more than 6,000 entrepreneurs and innovators to Amalie Arena

Innovation and collaboration were the focuses at Amalie Arena Tuesday for the annual Synapse Summit. The two-day event aims to bring entrepreneurs and creators together from all over the Bay area to build and strengthen the community.

USF President Steve Currall makes the case for ‘organized innovation’ at the Synapse Summit

Many people believe that innovation and entrepreneurship involve individuals working on their own who stumble upon a discovery. That’s a myth, said University of South Florida President Steve Currall, one of the keynote speakers at the Synapse Summit. The summit, now in its third year, is a startup and innovation conference produced by Synapse Florida. It kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 11 and will continue through Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa.

USF president, Priceline co-founder kick off Synapse Summit outlining how businesses can foster innovation

Currall kicked off the Synapse Summit on Tuesday afternoon at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa, where 7,000 people are expected to attend the two-day tech and innovation conference. “Synapse Summit is where people come from all over to see Florida is much, much more than a great place to live,” said Marc Blumenthal, Synapse Summit’s co-founder.

Synapse Summit 2020 turns spotlight on vets, entrepreneurs

Brian Kornfeld, president and co-founder of Synapse Florida, and Erik Paul, CEO of Exiom, Inc. talk about how the Synapse Summit 2020 will be a launching pad for many veteran owned businesses.

Synapse Summit revamps ice level to showcase innovation from top Tampa Bay companies

The summit’s ice level, which has been used in years past for VIP sponsors and showcase its keynotes, is transforming into an innovation exhibit aptly named “Innovation on the Ice.” There will be 14 exhibits from companies with a major presence in Tampa, including PwC, ConnectWise, Tampa General Hospital and Nielsen. Businesses beyond Tampa Bay will also have a presence, including Amazon Web Services, SHARP and GuideWell.

At 9, he had a stroke. Now he’s helping other kids get therapy with VR computer games

Verapy has been tried by 300 kids in the last four months at hospitals and charter schools in Central Florida. Truong will present his Verapy technology to over 6,000 people on Tuesday during the Synapse Summit 2020 event at Amalie Arena.

Health Care Strategy and Innovation Expert to Speak on Health Care Panel at Synapse Summit

Stonehill Vice President of Health Care Strategy and Innovation, Teddi R. Barber, has been selected as a speaker on the “Healthcare Town Hall: A Community Discussion on Data and Population Health” panel at the Synapse Summit. Teddi will join Florida’s best innovators, payers, and providers to discuss how technology can, and will, impact healthcare in 2020 and beyond. The Synapse Summit will take place in the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL on February 11-12th, 2020.

From Amazon Web Services to IBM, here’s why outside companies have taken notice of the Synapse Summit in Tampa

Synapse Summit attendees may notice a shift in programming, or rather, an increase of non-Florida investors, founders and companies coming to the two-day innovation summit. As the summit, on Feb. 11 and 12 in Amalie Arena, kicks off its third year, word has begun to spread beyond the Sunshine State and Synapse Florida officials say now others want in.

Embarc Collective adds ‘Founders Circle’ to board of directors lineup

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon during an invite-only ribbon cutting. An open house will be held for the general public on February 12, following Synapse Summit.

Spanx founder Sara Blakely will speak at Tampa’s Synapse Summit

Conferences are usually places where small talk and GaryVee fan boys are more prevalent than big ideas. Downtown Tampa’s Synapse Summit is an exception, and on Tuesday, Amalie Arena plays host to at least 6,000 attendees who’ll take part in two days of speakers including Priceline.com co-founder Jeff Hoffman, new USF president Steve Currall and Spanx founder Sara Blakely (pictured). That’s on top of dozens of breakout sessions, a Pitch Madness competition, nighttime pitches to NASA officials and a few handfuls of after-conference networking […]

What to expect at the 2020 Synapse Summit in Tampa

Synapse Summit, the technology, startup and innovation conference hosted by Synapse Florida, will kick off in less than two weeks under Amalie Arena’s roof from Feb. 11 to 12. The conference is expected to host around 6,000 attendees from across the state and will be bringing national talent to the main stage.

EDCs, startup accelerators are behind the influx of tech companies in Tampa, St. Pete

Startup supporters have specifically been lauded in recent months for helping companies in their former cohorts either relocate or expand to the region. The shift began in July 2019, with the relocation of New York City-based JustProtect after founder Vikas Bhatia spoke with Tampa’s Embarc Collective CEO Lakshmi Shenoy, who convinced Bhatia to come to Synapse Summit, a local tech conference.

Featured Workshops and Panels at Synapse Summit 2020 Return to Tampa in February

While Synapse Summit’s keynote speakers attract most of the limelight, panels and workshops remain the innovative and creative force pushing the conference to new horizons each year. These are where ordinary consumers and industry veterans alike can stand shoulder-to-shoulder and brainstorm tomorrow’s solutions to today’s issues. Each panel, exhibitor, or workshop brings something new and fresh to the conference — thanks in no small part to the innovative business professionals leading the groups — drawing interest from all across the […]

The $2.5 million ask: Seven tech startups in the Wave accelerator make their pitch

Next up for the accelerator companies is Wave’s Demo Day Feb. 11, during the 2020 Synapse Summit at Amalie Arena. Several of the companies also will have booths at the summit.

Here’s how much funding the latest Tampa Bay Wave startups are seeking

The companies took to the packed room at WeWork to give their pitches and will also present at the Synapse Summit during Demo Day… What you need to know: The company is launching at both the Synapse Summit and SXSW in Austin and has hundreds of users on its wait-list.

Synapse Summit 2020 in Tampa Will Feature Over 350 Speakers February 11 & 12

This years’ Synapse tech conference will host more than 350 speakers and 6,000 attendees, staying on-par with the heavy-hitters of tech conferences like CES and TechCrunch Disrupt. Indeed, this years’ keynote speakers are comprised of the cream of the crop, cultivated in every corner of the industry. It seems only natural that an event of this scale would attract some extremely qualified speakers.

Synapse Summit 2020 touts entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tampa Bay Area

The 2020 Synapse Summit, set to take place February 11-12, is designed to gather together innovators, entrepreneurs, and executives to invigorate the region and state’s innovation ecosystem. The two-day event at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa is packed with exhibiting companies, breakout sessions, and insightful presentations by some of the nation’s most influential business leaders.

Summit organizer builds on momentum

National buzz over Tampa’s arrival as a go-to region for tech startups and companies continues to percolate. Brian Kornfeld has played a key role in the rise.

Connection for Synapse Summit

If you have an innovative idea and want to take it to the next level, then the Connection for Synapse Summit is for you.

Brian Kornfeld of Synapse and Erik Paul of Exiom talk about Synapse Summit

Brian Kornfeld, president and co-founder of Synapse Florida, and Erik Paul, CEO of Exiom, Inc. talk about how the Synapse Summit 2020 will be a launching pad for many veteran-owned businesses.

The Non-Profit Working to Spark Venture Capital Demand in Florida

Florida-based companies raised approximately $2.9 billion in 2019, according to a report from the Florida Venture Forum. While that’s a nearly 60 percent increase from the year before, the sunshine state still has ways to go to catch up to startup hubs across the country. Brian Kornfeld, President and Founder of Synapse, a non-profit focused on accelerating innovation and business growth in Florida, joined Cheddar to discuss.

Clearwater health tech company sells for $475 million

Stratus provides language interpretation services for the healthcare industry. It has developed proprietary technologies to provide video remote interpretation, over-the-phone interpretation, and in-person interpretation. Kinderhook Industries has agreed to sell Stratus Video in Clearwater to AMN Healthcare Services for $475 million.

St. Pete Catalyst Startup Report – Synapse and Tampa Bay Tech

Joe Speaks to Jill St. Thomas and Brian Kornfeld about their collaboration in the Tampa Bay ecosystem and the activity driving growth and innovation in our community and across Florida.

Synapse Summit 2020 in Tampa Will Feature Over 350 Speakers February 11 & 12

This years’ Synapse tech conference will host more than 350 speakers and 6,000 attendees, staying on-par with the heavy-hitters of tech conferences like CES and TechCrunch Disrupt. Indeed, this years’ keynote speakers are comprised of the cream of the crop, cultivated in every corner of the industry. It seems only natural that an event of this scale would attract some extremely qualified speakers.

City of St. Pete could soon get in the seed-funding game

St. Petersburg City Council will consider changes to the South St. Petersburg Community Revitalization Area (CRA) Redevelopment Microloan Program Thursday, as the city aims to better serve start-up businesses within South St. Petersburg. The program, approved and established by City Council in December 2018, currently provides up to $5,000 of funding in the form of forgivable loans to existing small businesses upon complete required business education curriculum administered by The Greenhouse.

Brian Kornfeld – Synapse Summit Co-Founder on Ideamensch

The idea for Synapse came from a number of hard-working people who all realized that Florida needs one innovation community to really make it thrive to its fullest potential. Back in the 2016 timeframe, the state was stagnant. On the surface, it appeared that there was not enough money, not enough talent, and not enough customers to have a thriving innovation ecosystem.

Synapse Summit 2020 touts entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tampa Bay Area

The 2020 Synapse Summit, set to take place February 11-12, is designed to gather together innovators, entrepreneurs, and executives to invigorate the region and state’s innovation ecosystem. The caliber of speakers continues to get better with each Summit, he says. There are more than 300 on tap for next month’s event, highlighted by three keynote speakers.

Synapse Summit organizer builds on momentum

National buzz over Tampa’s arrival as a go-to region for tech startups and companies continues to percolate. Brian Kornfeld has played a key role in the rise. For the 2020 summit, another big part will be virtual reality, augmented reality and how the technology intersects with health care, financial and other sectors.

Synapse Summit 2020 Programing with Lauren Prager and Brian Kornfeld

Lauren Prager and Brian Kornfeld talk with Bay News 9 about Synapse Summit 2020. The Summit will host more than 300 speakers on 7 stages for over 100 different sessions.

Tampa Bay ranked in the top 20 tech towns next to California giants

A new list named Tampa as one of the best “tech towns” in the U.S.. Although known as a party state, Florida is home to two cities on the list. Coming in at number 19, Tampa has a decent cost of living compared to wages and a good amount of investment opportunities for tech companies.

The push to change Florida’s reputation

Florida has all of the resources it needs to succeed. It has more than 20 research institutions, over 200,000 accredited investors and in addition to that, the state is only growing with new people moving in every day. The mission at Synapse is to make sure that nobody feels that they are not capable. He wants to enable people to feel inspired and to make success possible and even probable.

Synapse announces Priceline co-founder as summit keynote

Synapse Summit will round out the keynote speakers for its 2020 summit with Priceline co-founder Jeff Hoffman. Hoffman joins Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, who will be the keynote speaker the next day. While Blakely grew up in Clearwater and now lives in Atlanta, Hoffman resides in Orlando. Kornfeld said the organization wanted to continue to choose speakers with Florida roots.

Synapse reveals keynote speaker for February summit — a self-made national apparel icon with Clearwater ties

Synapse Summit wants to prove innovation goes beyond tech and they’re doing it in a big way: bringing in Spanx founder Sara Blakely to the stage.

‘More than Florida Man’: Tech takeaways from first-ever Synapse Orlando

The all-day Synapse Summit Orlando event drew roughly 1,200 attendees to Ace Cafe in Orlando, with more than 25 expert panels and an exposition hall featuring 33 exhibitors.

Local tech companies find opportunities at first-ever Synapse Orlando

Synapse Orlando created networking opportunities for local entrepreneurs, executives and investors, and pushed forward the event’s goal of intensifying the spotlight on Florida’s entrepreneurial scene.

Why Orlando’s tech sector thinks its time has come

Experts from many high-tech sectors held court throughout the day at the debut of Synapse Orlando, a summit that drew more than 1,000 people. Throughout the day, the summit hosted panels on how virtual reality could improve health, how entrepreneurs raise money here, digital media’s growth in Central Florida and how the military is using simulation, among others.

Self-Driving (And Flying) Around The Corner: Panelists At Synapse Orlando

The panel discussion “Self-Driving Taxis Are the Future of Transportation” opened today’s Synapse Orlando conference, a spinoff from the annual Synapse Summit in Tampa, a conference and exhibit event targeted to innovators, corporations, entrepreneurs and investors.

Tampa Bay’s Synapse Summit Plans For 300+ Innovation and Entrepreneurial Speakers

Synapse Summit 2020 will be packed with two full days of hands-on workshops, dynamic panel discussions, skill-building and trend-spotting. The Summit will host more than 300 speakers on seven stages for over 100 sessions.

A little-known Miami tech company just got a $500 million investment

If you haven’t heard of a Miami-based tech firm called Kaseya, you may soon. On Tuesday, the company, whose software allows companies to manage their information technology, announced it had received a $500 million investment from San Francisco-based private equity group TPG, along with its current majority holder, New York-based venture and private equity group Insight Partners.

Bay News 9, In Depth Interview – Synapse Summit 2020

Synapse co-founders Brian Kornfeld and Marc Blumenthal join Holly Gregory on Tampa Bay’s Bay News 9 to discuss Synapse Summit 2020, and the role that Synapse plays in the greater innovation community across Florida.

StartupBus Florida yields teams of winners in national competition

Tampa Bay area entrepreneurs have made another strong showing at the annual StartupBus competition in New Orleans. Hyve, a software startup project that fights spam, phishing, and other underhanded email practices, finished in the top three nationally. HospitalFee, a platform that helps prospective patients find physicians and medical providers and compare prices, reached the national finals.

Jabil division teams up with AT&T to further develop grocery store robots

A subset of Jabil is looking for a 5G network for its autonomous robots, and AT&T is stepping up.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center near downtown St. Pete lands $7.5M federal grant

The 45,000-square-foot innovation center could be a game changer for St. Petersburg’s fledgling innovation district.

Five changes ahead for Synapse Summit 2020

A big name speaker, more hands-on experiences and opportunities to talk to people who share common interests are among the highlights expected at the 2020 Synapse Summit.

Tampa Bay Wave opens fall accelerator applications

The Tampa Bay Wave is looking to highlight the next great startups in Tampa Bay.

Tampa nonprofit brings innovation event to Orlando for first time

The company previously has hosted conferences in the Tampa Bay area.

LG Leads Funding Round for Tampa Laundry Startup

LG Electronics, which has long been in the laundry business creating washers, dryers and extended clothing care solutions, will lead a Series A-1 equity financing round for Washlava. That comes after the Series A funding round which Washlava began in 2016 with a $1 million investment, according to previous Tampa Bay Business Journal reports. Series B is typically reserved for equity financing.

How the Tampa Community Got an NYC Startup to Relocate

It wasn’t the warm weather, affordability or even slowly increasing tech scene that lured Vikas Bhatia to move his startup from New York City to Tampa. Well, maybe a little. But Bhatia gives a large credit to the eager community for being the final deal maker.

Tampa software developer acquired, expands international reach

The two companies will have over 3,000 employees in the new deal.

Synapse, Guidewell Team Up On $40K Food Insecurity Challenge

Synapse Florida is living up to its name and expanding its efforts across the state, most recently to Orlando with a $40,000 innovation challenge.

New Synapse challenges will focus on Tampa Bay nonprofits

Goodwill and YMCA of the Suncoast will be seeking solutions, along with an Orlando business.

Synapse Summit Reveals 2020 Dates and New Focus

The Synapse Summit is coming back and wants to be bigger (and more connected) than ever. Synapse Summit, which brought in 5,500 people under one roof in Amalie Arena for the two-day conference, will be back on Feb. 11-12, 2020 for its third year. The venue will still be the arena, but shifts in the venue will be made after survey results were taken into consideration.

Innovate Jax seeks to spark ideas, inform

Technology entrepreneur Craig Mandeville launched Innovate Jax with the creation of a podcast to share what he wants the world to know. “Smart, innovative things are happening here,” he told the estimated 150 like-minded creators of ideas, technology and businesses in Northeast Florida at a launch event June 27.

Synapse Receives $50,000 Grant from SunTrust Foundation

Synapse Florida today announced a $50,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation to support Synapse Challenges, a competition that empowers Florida’s most innovative and talented minds

Tampa Bay Tech Leaders: 2 Hours With Tampa’s Rocket Scientist and Founder of Synapse

It’s a rare chance to speak with a rocket scientist, entrepreneur, and connector all at once – but Brian Kornfeld has done it all, and seen it all.

Moffitt CEO, Hollywood icon join Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

What do a Hollywood star, a co-founder of a Fortune 1000 company, a molecular biologist and a WWII-era engineer have in common? They’re all inductees into the 2019 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

Bold Leader Spotlight – Vincent Jackson, Pro Bowl NFL Wide Receiver And Bold Philanthropist

Bold Business exclusively interviewed Vincent Jackson during the 2019 Synapse Summit regarding his tips on entrepreneurial success.

Jackson In Action 83 Foundation: A Bold Initiative For Military Families

The mission of the Jackson in Action 83 Foundation is to provide support to military families.

Florida Startup. IMMERTEC, Looks To Challenge Florida’s “Sleepy” Tech Reputation

Grit Daily caught up with the company’s Marine-turned-entrepreneur CEO, Erik Maltais, after Synapse — Florida’s answer to Texas’ SxSW and Charleston’s DigSouth — to take a deeper look at why the company has a shot at investors and media to take a more serious look at Florida tech.

Indoor Farming: Solving Global Food Security Challenges

Bold Business interviewed Lisa Merkle, the Co-Founder of Box Greens, at the Synapse Summit regarding the future of indoor farming.

50 Women-Led Startups That Are Crushing Tech

Every year we talk about how this will be the Year of the Woman because of the incredible advances women are making. There’s no doubt that 2019 will go down in history as the first time we saw a record number of diverse women serving…

A Look At Current Megatrends In Rapid Urbanization Through The Lens Of Orlando

Bold Business exclusively interviewed Chris Castro, Orlando’s Director for sustainability at the 2019 Synapse Summit.

University Mall Based Youth Robotics Team Earns Coveted Spot in Houston

FIRST Tech Challenge Team 2845, Team Duct Tape, a youth robotics team based at the new Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab at University Mall in Tampa, just advanced to the Houston FIRST Championship in April.

Nordeen: The new target audience is you

Tomorrow’s advertisers are going to, through machine learning and automation, give you an elaborate menu of the things that they know you want – or will want. They will know who you are, who you know, where you go, what you have already purchased, and so on.

AOL’s co-founder wants to show the nation Florida is good for startups

With less than 2 percent of Florida’s venture capital being spent in Florida, AOL co-founder Steve Case wants to bring a bit more attention — and funding — to the Sunshine State.

Ready to wear: Developer adopts high-tech bracelet for visitors to amenity

Metro Development Group and Synapse, an organization that connects members of Florida’s ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem’ via an online platform and events such as the Synapse Summit, awarded $10,000 to Ibrahim Allam…

Miami startup founder wins pitch competition at Synapse Summit

Paired in bracket-style matchups, the founders of eight startups went head to head at the Synapse Summit on a series of metaphorical scenarios and business philosophies and were judged by a panel of five judges from successful local companies.

What to expect at the Florida Venture Capital Conference in St. Pete this week

The new year has brought a slew of conferences: Synapse Summit in mid-January, Tampa Bay Startup Week will kick off in February, and this week the Florida Venture Capital Conference comes to town.

Tampa International Airport to evaluate using facial recognition tech

Tampa International Airport to evaluate using facial recognition tech, spokeswoman Janet Scherberger said during the Synapse Summit.

How women entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay bucked the national funding trend

Female founders often find it tougher than their male counterparts to win venture capital backing. They shared their secrets for success during a panel discussion at the Synapse Summit.

Mobilizing Your Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Synapse 2019 Summit—orchestrated by a regional nonprofit to accelerate innovation and business opportunities in Florida—called forth startup companies, universities, local government economic development officers, accelerators, VC investors and cross-industry business leaders.

Digital tech conference in Orlando gets boost from Tampa entrepreneurship group

The partnership gives Tampa-based Synapse a foothold in Orlando as it tries to expand its support for business innovation across the state.

Strawberry Picking Robot at Synapse Summit; Tampa, FL

Harvest CROO Robotics has spent years developing a robot that can precisely recognize and pick ripe strawberries in the field. This month, they had the opportunity to showcase their progress at the 2019 Synapse Summit in Tampa, FL.

What others can learn from Smart City initiatives in Florida

As the Synapse 2019 conference took over downtown Tampa last week, representatives from several communities around Florida shared their experiences and perspectives on what it means to be a Smart City.

Looking ahead: Synapse Summit 2020

Organizers of the Synapse Summit are considering fine-tuning a few details when the event is held again next year.

Synapse Summit quotes that will stick

You go to a conference, hear sage advice and brilliant insights, and think, “I have to remember that” — and then you forget what you heard. Click through the gallery for some of the quotes that will stick.

Brightline exec: Theme park station on Orlando-to-Tampa route is ‘likely’

Brightline’s vice president of governmental affairs, Bob O’Malley, spoke about Brightline’s intercity passenger rail system at Synapse Summit on Jan. 23.

For Future Tech, It’s Still All About People: Deloitte CIO

At the annual Synapse Summit in Tampa, Florida, Larry Quinlan, global CIO of Deloitte, suggested that the future may not end up looking like some may think.

What one of Tampa Bay’s best-known entrepreneurs looks for in an investment

Steve MacDonald, a board member at Florida Funders, made his mark in healthcare technology as an entrepreneur, but he generally avoids the healthcare sector as an investor.

Need to know: Five things that happened while you processed your Synapse Summit experience

Another Synapse Summit has passed, but here are some things that happened while more than 5,000 attendees walked away from Amalie Arena with increased knowledge of tech an innovation.

Synapse Summit ends with a hopeful eye on the future of innovation

The Synapse Summit brought out some of the biggest players in the region, which have transcended the state.

Pitch Madness at Synapse pits local startups’ philosophies against each other

The founders of eight startups went head to head at the Synapse Summit on a series of metaphorical scenarios and business philosophies.

Synapse Summit seeks to knit together a growing Tampa Bay startup community

About 600 people attended three years ago. Last year, 3,300 came. This year, the crowd topped 5,500, turning Amalie Arena into an anthill of tech and entrepreneurship.

Tampa virtual reality firm to work with Johnson & Johnson for pilot program

Immertec CEO Erik Maltais and Johnson & Johnson Global Professional Education Manager Gregory Lightbourn announced the pilot program during the Synapse Summit on Jan. 23.

Introducing Tampa Bay Inno, an increased focus on local startups and innovation

Tampa Bay Inno officially launched this week at the Synapse Summit. American Inno’s mission is to reach the business leaders of tomorrow through a network of digital media and events.

Synapse spotlight: Top takeaways from investors

Experts and investors from the Tampa Bay area and beyond gathered Thursday morning to discuss not only how entrepreneurs can get ahead in the ecosystem with or without venture capital, but also what should be the focus for Tampa Bay investors.

3 takeaways from Synapse Summit Day 1

The Synapse Summit is like an all-you-can-eat buffet, with hundreds of choices of sessions to attend, speakers to listen to, exhibitors to visit and connections to make.

In the age of transportation renaissance, Uber will look toward the future in Tampa

With innovation, technology and new opportunities all at the forefront of the upcoming Synapse Summit, the one that combines all those sectors and is perhaps the most-watched at the summit will be transportation.

From Brightline to virtual reality, here’s ongoing coverage of Synapse Summit

The Synapse Summit, held Jan. 23 and 24 at Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa, is bringing together executives from technology, transportation and finance alongside entrepreneurs.

Ultimate Medical Academy to Sponsor and Participate at the 2019 Synapse Summit in Tampa

Ultimate Medical Academyis pleased to sponsor and participate in the Synapse Summit, Tampa Bay’s trong growth in the areas of innovation and technology.

Flipping the Narrative: How Tampa Bay and Florida Can Position Itself as Leaders in Innovation

We can tell the world what we already know – the true story of how incredible it is to build and grow a business here in Tampa Bay.

Synapse Summit kicks off by envisioning Florida’s innovation economy of the future

While the Synapse Summit will bring together technology, transportation, finance and entrepreneurs for the next two days, the organizers’ focus at the kickoff event was the one thing all attendants are striving for: to create and foster innovation in the Tampa Bay area.

What to expect at Synapse Summit Day 1

Two main stage events, multiple panels and even more informational sessions will all take place under one roof on Wednesday at the first day of the Synapse Summit.

Synapse Summit 2019 expects record crowd of 5,000 in Tampa

Thousands of innovation-minded individuals will converge on Amalie Arena Wednesdday and Thursday for the 2019 Synapse Summit, and organizers say it’s on track to be the largest tech event the Tampa Bay Area has ever seen.

Exciting Speakers Featured At Synapse Summit in Tampa January 23-24

If you are an educator, business executive, entrepreneur, or other individual fascinated by how various aspects of technology and innovation are coming together to change today’s world, then you will want to attend the Synapse Summit.

Positively Tampa Bay: Synapse Summit

With five-thousand attendees, 250 speakers, 300 exhibitors and a dose of Pitch Madness, Synapse is growing innovators among military veterans and university students.

Countdown to Synapse Summit in Tampa Two Days of the Best in Florida Technology and Innovation

Check out the Synapse Summit. This year’s theme is Innovation Lives Here and will showcase the best of Florida’s tech and development community.

Community Brands Supports Florida Technology and Innovation at Synapse Summit

Community Brands will highlight its economic development and community involvement initiatives by participating in this week’s Synapse Summit.

Exclusive: Here are the startups chosen for Pitch Madness

Eight Florida companies have been selected for Pitch Madness, the competition for funding and awareness that will be a centerpiece at the 2019 Synapse Summit.

Business briefs: Magic Leap at Synapse, MarTec honors and more

At the 2019 Synapse Summit, attendees are encouraged to experience Magic Leap’s augmented reality headsets and check out the seven companies in Tampa Bay Wave’s post-accelerator cohort.

Nine things to not miss at the 2019 Synapse Summit

The Tampa Bay Business Journal breaks down nine can’t miss events at this year’s Synapse Summit.

Pasco Business Digest: Synapse Challenge Winner Announced

Won by Team Blitz, led by Ibrahim Allam, the Synapse Challenge invited local teams and individuals to create a high-tech wearable device for Crystal Lagoons in Wesley Chapel.

‘Alexa, what are my sales?’ Find out how AI will change your business at Synapse

Steve Tingiris, founder and managing director of Dabble Lab, will talk about the role of artificial intelligence and digital assistants during the Synapse Summit.

How SunTrust Foundation’s $50K grant to Synapse will deepen the innovation community

The SunTrust Foundation-Tampa/Southwest Florida has awarded a $50,000 grant to Synapse to help companies and…

Marc Blumenthal talks Synapse origins, the recipe for a…

On this episode of SPx, Joe welcomes Marc Blumenthal, founder of Synapse and partner at Florida Funders. In this acumen-packed episode, Blumenthal shares his thoughts on the Tampa Bay startup community and…

Synapse Summit adds business executives to growing list of speakers

Speakers will run across all industries at the upcoming Synapse Summit, which will feature key players in Tampa’s banking, startup, technology and real estate scenes.

myMatrixx founder is behind the Synapse appearance of these Silicon Valley money guys

Two early-stage venture capitalists from the San Francisco Bay area will be at the Synapse Summit to check out local investment possibilities

These Are the 50 Best Places in America for Starting a Business

The second Synapse innovation summit–Tampa’s answer to SxSW–was expected to attract 5,000 people in January.

Business briefs: Jabil in the cloud, Washlava patent and more

A push into making products for the cloud computing space is expected to be a $1 billion a year business for Jabil Inc.

People on the move: Daniel Cura

Daniel Cura, President of Tidal Marketing, is a University of South Florida alumnus and first-generation Cuban-American entrepreneur

INNOVATE‘Alexa, what are my sales?’ Find out how AI will change your business at Synapse

Remember the web 20 years ago in 1998, or mobile apps a decade ago in 2008? That’s where artificial intelligence is now, with enormous possibilities ahead, a Tampa tech veteran says.

2019 Synapse Summit spotlights innovation in Florida

The 2019 Synapse Summit returns to downtown Tampa January 23rd and 24th with a full slate of programming designed to spotlight Florida’s growing presence in the world of innovation.

What one judge in the Synapse pitch contest will be looking for in startups

When Synapse holds its pitch competition for startups next month, one of the judges will have some specific criteria in mind that will make winners stand out.

Brian Kornfeld

In the startup world, Synapse is an organization that connects entities in the entrepreneur economy to allow everyone to work together.

Synapse readies for ‘March Madness for startups’

One Tampa accelerator is moving right past Christmas and getting in the spirit of March Madness instead.

Meet the UT grad student who won $10,000 for his wearable tech

He was one of five finalists who presented in Synapse’s Innovation Challenge this past weekend, with the winner receiving $10,000.

BNY Mellon Wealth Management Calls Tampa Home!

Synapse is proud to be sponsored and affiliated with BNY Mellon Wealth Management and we encourage all attendees to connect with the firm at the second annual Synapse Summit on January 23 and 24, 2019.

Fortune 100 Food Retailer Publix Calls Florida Home

Publix has been innovating for 89 years, and today has more than 1,200 locations as well as online ordering and delivery options.

Heavy hitters join Synapse inaugural board

Representatives from BayCare Health System, Publix Super Markets, University of South Florida and a retired major general are all part of the inaugural board of advisors and directors for Synapse.

Tampa’s Premier Music and Education Innovator, the Straz Center

The 335,000 square foot Straz Center is one of the largest performing arts complexes in the country.

The Evolved Marketing Agency: Schifino Lee Branding & Advertising

Staying true to its mantra of “Innovate or Die,” Schifino Lee finds countless ways to push the boundaries of advertising and branding.

Augmented reality C-level exec will be Synapse summit keynote speaker

As Tampa-based company Synapse tries to prove innovation lives in Florida, it just secured a good example.

Tampa-based virtual reality tech firm works to partner with local health care leaders

“We’re essentially going to be the Netflix of surgical training experiences.”

As Wave adds to its board, its chair looks ahead

The former Florida CFO, gubernatorial candidate and longtime banker and entrepreneurial advocate was officially named board chair earlier this month.

Synapse’s Brian Kornfeld immersed himself in Tampa Bay’s innovation economy

Brian Kornfeld says he wakes up every day determined to break entrepreneurs free from fear by providing them with the encouragement, guidance and resourcefulness “to achieve their dreams.”

Innovation challenge to float new ideas for Crystal Lagoon payment system

Metro Development is seeking a payment solution for its 7.5-acre Crystal Lagoons; the first is complete but not open yet in Wesley Chapel.

2019 Synapse Innovation Summit

Synapse Summit is a live celebration of innovation, where visionaries, doers, and success-makers connect with the latest transformational innovations across all industries.

SunTrust Foundation Awards $50K Grant to Support Innovation

According to a recent announcement, Synapse, an accelerator for innovation in Florida, is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the SunTrust Foundation – Tampa/Southwest Florida, to support future Synapse Challenges.

Women thought leaders: Bridging the gender gap in Tampa Bay

In partnership with the nonprofit Synapse, Women Ambassadors Forum is holding a one-day conference on January 22 to help women of all ages achieve their break-throughs.

What Tampa Bay needs to grow its innovation economy

A growing talent pool and a deeper capital base have made the Tampa Bay area a better place for startup tech companies. But the area still has a way to go to achieve its full potential, said Linda Olson, president and CEO of Tampa Bay Wave, a non-profit that services and houses growing companies.

Business briefs: St. Pete’s most profitable banks, entrepreneurship and more

Freedom Bank, the only community bank headquartered in St. Petersburg, nearly tripled its net income in the third quarter of 2018.

Synapse, Embarc, St. Pete EDC leaders talk about building a brand for Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay has come a long way from being a place known just for its weather and vacation hotspots. Now, the area has an opportunity to capitalize on the burgeoning technology industry here and create a brand around it

Tampa Bay hosts Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations

As the Tampa Bay entrepreneurial ecosystem heats up, the community has for the first time coordinated its GEW programs into a calendar of events that are easier for the community to access.

Potentially life-saving VR technology being developed in Tampa Bay

It’s called MEDOPTIC and It’s real-time, 3D virtual reality streaming used in the medical field for training, observation and even consultations. Doctors, wearing VR goggles, can watch surgeries or procedures as they happen.

Meet Brian Kornfeld, a 40 Under 40 honoree

Brian Kornfeld is the co-founder of Synapse

Catching up with Brian Kornfeld: From Satellites to Synapse

Brian Kornfeld’s brain runs hotter and faster than an average person’s. Some serious organizations have put that brain to serious use for things like making sure very expensive satellites don’t float off into deep space. As it turns out…

Influencers – Marc Blumenthal

There are people who sit still. There are people who do small things. And there is Marc Blumenthal who does the complete opposite of those people. Blumenthal has left a trail of success throughout Tampa Bay.

It’s year two for the Synapse Innovation Summit. Here’s why organizers say you’ll want to come back

Synapse, a Tampa organization formed to help local entrepreneurs, investors and others make connections, has opened registration for its second Innovation Summit and is taking nominations for speakers.

‘Best Of St. Pete’ Book To Collect The Best And The Brightest

Published in 2016, Best of Tampa Bay is an oversized, stylish, full-color hardcover book – yes, it looks weighty and important on a coffee table

Catching up with Brian Kornfeld: From Satellites to Synapse

Brian Kornfeld’s brain runs hotter and faster than an average person’s. Some serious organizations have put that brain to serious use for things like making sure very expensive satellites don’t float off into deep space. As it turns out…

Downtown Tampa’s Synapse Innovation Summit Moves To January, Opens Registration

Organizers told CL that the date change (the 2017 edition was in March) is all about looking to expand Synapse and turn it into the region’s premier innovation event.

Synapse Innovation Summit To Return In 2019

Following up on the success of the 2018 summit, the Synapse Innovation Summit will return to Tampa in 2019. The summit will be held Jan. 23 and 24 at Amalie Arena.

Synapse Gears Up For Next Innovation Summit 2019

Medical tech executive Scott Minniear discovered the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator at the Innovation Summit in March.

Putting You In Control Of Your Healthcare

Health providers, doctors, and health insurance companies take a huge role in healthcare. However, people should be at the helm of their own well-being. Here are a few steps to take.

HyperloopTT – Transforming Transportation Between City Centers

On April 12, 2018, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announced the shipment of the very first full-scale freight and passenger tubes.

Peerfit Is Revolutionizing Wellness. Learn How!

The definition of “fitness” may vary from one person to another. Some employees who are just starting to get on a healthy lifestyle may choose the stairs over riding the elevator.

Transforming The Future Of Retail Using AI And VR

What does digital transformation really mean in the future of retail? It is simply transferring an old, obsolete product-centered model that has been followed for so many years to a customer-centered model.

American Freedom Distillery’s Legendary Spirits

Utilizing their military expertise and backgrounds, they are now applying their bold strategies in running a distillery. American Freedom Distillery is a dream come true for a special group of colleagues who served America in its darkest period.

Whipster: Ridesharing Cost-Comparison Software Gaining Traction

With so many new players in the rideshare space, competition for services and new users is stiff. This shakeup has inspired a new company to come up with the bold idea of creating a third party app which provides a complementary service…

ConnectWise: Lessons From Building A Billion Dollar Company

Privately held startups worth over $1 billion, are disrupting several industries in the last few years. ConnectWise, currently worth about $1.2 billion, is paving the way and making a solid example of how to do it well – but they did not get there overnight.

Startups And Women Entrepreneurs – Here’s The Region For You!

Ecosystems that support entrepreneurs and innovation hubs are sprouting across America. Regions of the country are working hard to be startup havens. This includes creating an environment that supports innovations and helps investors find the next bold idea.

Creating Infrastructure That Powers Innovation

Disruptions turn traditional business models upside down. The need for a more resilient and more efficient innovation infrastructure has become more crucial. Cities and communities must create ecosystems that supports innovation.

The Bold Impact Of Self-Driving Cars On Society

Autonomous driving is the future of transportation. And by future, we mean not so distant future. We are already seeing some of these disruptive concepts racing their way to the market.

Crowd-Powered HyperloopTT: Innovating Transportation And Shaping Company Structure

Crowdstorming is HyperloopTT’s method of planning and achieving their innovation. It is the ability to obtain fresh ideas from several sources, mostly external, managing brainstorming via the Internet.

It’s Year Two For The Synapse Innovation Summit. Here’s Why Organizers Say You’ll Want To Come Back

Synapse, a Tampa organization formed to help local entrepreneurs, investors and others make connections, has opened registration for its second Innovation Summit and is taking nominations for speakers.

Suncoast Business Forum – The Story Of Synapse

Marc Blumenthal is a Partner with Florida Funders and is a high tech entrepreneur in the Tampa Bay area. He sold his company to Tony DiBenedetto of Tribridge a few years ago, and he is currently organizing an Innovation Summit in Tampa at the end of March.

What Is The Formula For Entrepreneurial Success?

What is the formula for entrepreneurial success? Bold Business asked the founders, CEOs and managers of companies making bold impacts what traits propel entrepreneurs to success.

The Venture Capital Game – The Deck Is Stacked Against Women Entrepreneurs

Research recently conducted at Columbia University highlights how common gender discrepancies vary when it comes to investment funding. Because of this, women entrepreneurs are at a clear disadvantage compared to men.

Could This Region Be The Next Silicon Valley?

Over 3,500 participants, 50 speakers, and 257 exhibitors attended the recently concluded Synapse Innovation Summit at the Amalie Arena in Downtown Tampa on March 28 and 29.

Tampa Innovation Summit Features Hyperloop, Tesla, IBM, Water Street Tampa, And More

Imagine traveling from Tampa to Tallahassee or from Tampa to Miami in 20 minutes or so? Or zipping across the continent from Florida to California on the ground, at airplane speeds, safely and securely? It may sound like a science fiction plot, but it isn’t.

Vinik To Tech Community: Tampa Bay Is 15 Years Behind Nashville And Needs To Step Up

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik told his love story with his adopted hometown to hundreds of local tech workers Wednesday. But it was a message of tough love, too.

Secret Behind Creating A Thriving Start-Up Ecosystem

What is the Holy Grail for economic development? For most cities it is a thriving start-up ecosystem. Cities everywhere want to become the next Silicon Valley. States want their economic engines loaded with fuel. Non-for-profit Synapse is trying to do just that in the state of Florida.

Tampa Bay Needs To Step Up Its Game, Vinik Tells Crowd At Synapse Innovation Summit

The Tampa Bay Lightning owner and summit organizers offered ideas on how the area could help the startup community succeed.

3 Ideas Tampa Bay Can Steal From Chicago To Grow Its Startup Scene

A veteran of a top-ranked Chicago innovation center tells what worked in the Windy City.

Tampa Bay Times, Synapse Summit

More than 5,500 entrepreneurs, startup founders, investors and assorted techies converged on Amalie Arena Wednesday and Thursday for the second annual Synapse Summit.

Tampa Bay Business Journal, Synapse Summit

Leaders in the innovation scene started off the summit by going more in-depth into what they have been doing within their organizations and region.

Florida Venture Sourcing, the Institute

Florida Funders has dramatically expanded its assets under management, after winning a bid to manage the portfolio of the Institute for the Commercialization of Florida Technology.

St. Pete Catalyst, the Institute

A veteran of a top-ranked Chicago innovation center tells what worked in the Windy City.

St. Pete Catalyst, PitchLyst

It’s part of a series of moves by Tampa-based Florida Funders to broaden the base of technology investors in the state and support a growing technology sector that is expected to bring more high-skill and high-wage jobs to Florida.

Miami startup founder wins pitch competition at Synapse Summit

The panel of startup gurus chose a South Florida-based company for the top prize in a four-round, March Madness style event.

Vinik at Synapse Summit: “Tampa Could See More Development”

Vinik invested heavily in the downtown Tampa area through property purchases and Water Street Tampa, which is currently being developed.

Looking ahead: Synapse Summit 2020

Organizers of the Synapse Summit are considering fine-tuning a few details when the event is held again next year.

Q&A with startup expert Steve Blank: Fire the plan

What makes them unique? What makes them work? What makes them grow? — that led to the creation of an innovation strategy known as the lean start-up method.