Four Florida Institute-funded firms to present at forum


Recently selected from among approximately 100 competitors, a quartet of companies supported by The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research will offer presentations at an industry event slated for St. Petersburg May 17.

The Florida Venture Forum's 9th Annual Early Stage Capital Conference — to be staged at St. Petersburg’s Hilton Carillon — will provide applicants a chance to connect with investors, industry professionals and other entrepreneurs. The Florida Institute encourages the formation of new companies affiliated with publicly funded research.

MYOLYN LLC and Verigo, both of Gainesville, and KynderMed and TAO Connect Inc. of St. Petersburg were chosen by a panel consisting of Florida venture capitalists and investors to represent in a challenge to win cash awards totaling $150,000 provided by Space Florida.

MYOLYN works to connect robotics to rehabilitation and therapy for patients with neurological disorders; Verigo offers operational oversight for companies dealing with perishable supply chains. KynderMed manufactures medical devices to assist at-risk pregnant women, while TAO Connect offers online tools for health care practices and facilities.

"The Florida Venture Forum's Early Stage Capital Conference is a premier event that allows startups to network with industry leaders and potential investors, and we are delighted that four of our portfolio companies have been recognized as some of the most promising early-stage companies in the state," Institute CEO Jackson Streeter said.

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