Tampa's Synapse Summit boosts Florida tech startups
Thousands of tech innovators and entrepreneurs connected at Tampa's Synapse Summit last week, and a few Florida startups walked away with some big investments.
Driving the news: Miami-area startup EVQLV won the conference's pitch competition. The company aims to use AI to speed up the process of creating antibodies for pharmaceutical companies to get medicine and vaccines on the market.
- CEO Andrew Satz secured a $150,000 investment from local venture capital funds.
Flashback: This isn't the first time EVQLV has made a splash in Florida tech circles. The company won the state's innovation award last fall.
What we're watching: These companies aren't AI-based, but they still wowed the Summit crowd:
Soarce, an Orlando startup that turns seaweed into leather took home $20,000 for second place in the conference's Innovation Awards.
- The company, led by University of Central Florida alumni, will start production on seaweed leather shoes later this year, per Orlando Inno.
Swiftpaws, led by Meghan Wolfgram in Melbourne, was a finalist for the pitch contest.
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