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Bulk Nano will pitch at the Florida Venture Forum aerospace conference

Margie Manning

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Andrew Moench founded Bulk Nano in St. Petersburg.

Bulk Nano, a St. Petersburg company focused on advanced composites and nanomaterial manufacturing, will be one of 16 companies to present at the Florida Venture Forum’s second annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum.

Bulk Nano is the only local firm that will get to pitch at the Nov. 6 event at the Guidewell Innovation Center at Lake Nona in Orlando.

The presenting companies were selected by a committee of active venture investors, and they will pitch to an audience of investors, other deal professionals and aerospace industry leaders, the Florida Venture Forum said in a news release. The conference will provide a total of $100,000 in cash awards presented to three winning companies, courtesy of Space Florida.

Bulk Nano has bootstrapped a composites manufacturing workshop and has the ability to produce composites for many different applications. The company currently is manufacturing fiber reinforced composites for EOD ballistics. It is also one of seven companies taking part in the Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s new accelerator program, the Entrepreneurship and Investment Challenge.

A Tampa company, PolyMaterials, will be one of four showcase companies at the event. PolyMaterials is developing a prototype supercapacitor, dubbed Poly3-Scap, that is suited for consumer electronics, toys, medical devices and other uses, the news release said. PolyMaterials is also laying the groundwork for supercapacitor Poly4M-Scap, with greater voltages required for hybrid motor vehicles, power grid, space and large appliance applications.

Pre-registration for the event is available on the Florida Venture Forum’s website and walk-up registration will be available onsite. In addition to the pitch competition, there will be networking with active investors and representatives from NASA, Space Florida, OneWeb and L3Harris, the organization said.

The Florida Venture Forum is Florida’s largest statewide support and networking organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, helping startup and growth companies connect with the capital sources and business services they need to grow and scale.

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