Four early-stage entrepreneurs present business concepts at 2Q15 VenturePitch SWFL
NAPLES, Fla. (May 26, 2015) – 2Q15 VenturePitch SWFL brought in a crowd of more than 100 guests to watch local entrepreneurs compete for the title of most investable at the Arcade Theatre in downtown Fort Myers during the May 21 event. The group of high potential, accelerated-growth companies presented their business ideas “shark tank” style to a panel of judges and audience members.
All of the business concepts were compelling, but it was Dino Lingo (http://dinolingo.com/) who won over both the judges and the audience. The business concept was presented with the title of “Most Investable” and was also recognized with the People’s Choice award, gaining the most votes for “best pitch” from the crowd.
Serdar Acar is the entrepreneur behind the Dino Lingo business idea that offers more than 40 different interactive language learning courses for children. The program incorporates play and storytelling into a number of immersive teaching techniques. In the past three years, thousands of Dino Lingo programs have been sold. Products are sold locally and internationally.
Additional presenters included Superior Upgrading (http://quantum-potential.com/) which uses Hammer Technology to offer a low-cost/low-risk solution to crude oil upgrading problems by enabling zero-emissions facilitates; About Your Mortgage (http://www.aboutyourmortgage.com/), which provides mortgage servicers a proactive and proprietary internet tool to retain borrowers by discussing their refinancing options; and Game Nation (http://gamenationparks.com/), an experimental, interactive entertainment company that runs story-driven events based on video game themes.
Venture Pitch SWFL 2Q15 featured guests also included master of ceremonies Jeff Lytle and keynote speaker Robbie Roepstorff, president, director and co-founder of Edison National Bank and Bank of the Islands. Additional judges included serial entrepreneur and co-founder of PACE, John Gamba; Dr. Sandra Kauanui, department chair of management and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University; Kevin Burgoyne, president of the Florida Venture Forum; and serial entrepreneur Paul Taormino.
Presenting sponsors included Hahn Loeser, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Fusion Pointe, Markham Norton Mostellar Wright & Company, P.A., Institute for Entrepreneurship at Lutgert College of Business at Florida Gulf Coast University, Gulfshore Business, Business Observer, Florida Venture Forum and Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership.
Tamiami Angel Fund I & II LLC are member-managed funds designed to enable private accredited investors to actively participate in a disciplined investment process. The funds invest in promising early-stage through expansion-stage commercial ventures located in the U.S., with a preference to those in the state of Florida. The Funds are members of the Angel Capital Association and the Florida Venture Forum. For more information, visit www.tamiamiangels.com.