synapse summit

February 28th, 2024

AMALIE ARENA • Tampa, FL

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Thanks for Another Fantastic Synapse Summit!

Relive the electrifying energy and groundbreaking innovations of Synapse Summit 2024! The day was a whirlwind of creativity, collaboration, and community building, from inspiring keynotes to dynamic panel discussions. We’ve been flooded with kind words from the innovation ecosystem, sharing how Summit provided invaluable connections, networking opportunities, room for new deals, showcases of new usable tech, and strategic leadership insights.

Join us as we reflect on the highlights and celebrate some of the wins from the 7th annual Synapse Summit!

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THE EXPERIENCES

Whether you want to meet the talent driving the headlines, find partners who can solve innovation challenges, learn from top industry experts, or navigate Florida’s thriving startup and tech community in one central place, Synapse Summit is where you can find what you need, and share what you’ve created. The Synapse network is made up of Florida visionaries, change-makers, doers, and risk-takers. In other words, INNOVATORS! And Synapse Summit is THE space to connect with innovative partners, opportunities, and resources from across Florida.

CONNECT

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Synapse Summit is more than just a knowledge hub—it’s a nexus for transformative networking. Interacting with innovators and industry experts will enhance your professional journey. Engagements at Summit foster trust, spur collaborations, fast-track growth, and amplify your innovation journey. The power of networking and invaluable connections made at Synapse Summit are indispensable.

DISCOVER

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From industry-leading keynotes to engaging panel discussions, immersive experiences, and more, Synapse Summit was a beacon for continuous growth and innovation. More than just a tech showcase, Summit provided tools and insights to maximize innovative strategies and transform knowledge into tangible success that will shape the future.

IMPACT

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Summit is the bridge for Florida’s innovation community. By impacting journeys with rich insights and fostering a nexus of collaboration, Synapse catalyzes innovators across Florida. Summit isn’t just about one day of celebration; it’s about securing a long-term ROI (Return on Inspiration / Information / Ignition) and fortifying your community for the future. Synapse Summit it’s a catalyst for your sustained innovation legacy.

EXPO

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The Synapse Summit Expo consisting of over 150 organizations participating, allowed attendees to directly engage with top industry thought leaders and entrepreneurs shaping the future of innovation and funneled new opportunities throughout the community well beyond the event.

CHALLENGE

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Tampa General Hospital (TGH) and TGH Cancer Institute are seeking innovative solutions to address the significant unmet need for cancer care in rural communities with the goal of reducing cancer mortality for Americans living in these communities. The Challenge aims to foster partnerships and support projects that can make a significant impact on this goal, whether through care navigation, improved treatments, early detection, novel care delivery, or otherwise.

CELEBRATE

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The 4th annual Synapse Innovation Awards recognized those propelling innovation, championing our community’s values of equity and inclusivity, and forging a positive path for their community. The innovation showcases highlighted those dedicating their efforts and creating a significant impact. Industry experts and leaders chose the category winners and awarded the standout Grand Prize.

FEATURED

PARTNERS

EXPLORE

PROGRAM TRACKS

HEALTHTECH + LIFE SCIENCES
  • Collaboration and innovation essentials to deliver high-quality, patient-centered, and cost-effective care
  • The new age of ‘Smart Hospitals’
FINTECH
  • Financial inclusion and Fintech
  • The role of AI in Fintech
  • Fintech’s role in responsible investing
CLEANTECH + SUSTAINABILITY
  • Creating a sustainable workforce
  • Responsible supply chains
  • Smart technologies to create more sustainable + efficient environments
CYBER, DEFENSE + SPACE
  • FL role in space cybersecurity
  • Demand for cybersecurity pros in FL
  • Integrated AI into FL initiatives
ARTS, HOSPITALITY + SPORTS
  • Sports innovation that drives community engagement and social impact
  • Hospitality trends and innovations 
  • VR and AR revolutionizing art
EMERGING TECH
  • AR and VR redefining industries

  • Connected tech innovations

  • Ethical implications of AI

CORPORATE INNOVATION LEADERS
BUSINESS GROWTH

FEATURED

SPEAKERS

Shirl Penney

President and CEO
Dynasty Financial Partners

Lauren Weiner

Founder & Chief Revenue Officer
WWC Global

Andrew Koenig

CEO
City Furniture

Rhea Law

President
University of South Florida

Preston Dunlap

CIO
Arkenstone Ventures

Kelly Reeser

Managing Director
TechFarms Capital

Simon Philips

President
Falcon’s Beyond

Kathy Chiu

Managing Partner
DeepWork Capital

Lisa Sanders

Director for Science and Technology
USSOCOM / SOF AT&L

Candace Williams

Associate Director, Cybersecurity Leadership
Raytheon, an RTX Business

Eduardo Sotomayor

VP, Executive Director, TGH Cancer Institute
Tampa General Hospital

Katie Palenscar

VP, Executive Director, TGH Cancer Institute
Tampa General Hospital

Ernest Hooper

Chief Communications Officer
United Way Suncoast

Scott Nygaard

Chief Operating Officer
Lee Health

Brian Model

Managing Partner
Topmark Partners

Santh Sathya

Founder & CEO
LuftCar LLC

John Wensveen

Chief Innovation Officer
Nova Southeastern University

David Goldberg

General Partner
Alpaca VC

Indra Sandal

Chief of Innovation
Department of Veteran Affairs, Tampa VA Medical Center

Total Speakers

2024 INNOVATION AWARD

WINNERS

2024 Community Impact

Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay logo

2024 EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

SynMatter Logo

2024 STARTUP OF THE YEAR

ExEx Logo

2024 Innovative Product

Home Lending Pal logo

2024 GROWTH STAGE CoMPANY

DirectMail2.0

2024 ECOSYSTEM PARTNER

Danielle Mousseau, Manager of Economic Development and Director of the 35 Mules Innovation Hub at Florida Power & Light

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