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Florida Venture Capital Conference highlights four Tampa-St. Pete startups

Margie Manning



Kevin Burgoyne, president and CEO, and Pat Schneider, vice president, Florida Venture Forum, at the 2019 Capital Conference in St. Petersburg

Four companies headquartered in St. Petersburg or Tampa are among the 15 startups that will be in the spotlight at the 2020 Florida Venture Capital Conference later this month in Orlando.

The conference, Jan. 30-31, is one of the signature events of the Florida Venture Forum, the largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs. The organization helps emerging Florida companies connect with sources of capital from across the country.

Local companies selected to present at the conference are:

Anchor, St. Petersburg, is a “Managed Marketplace” that connects boat and yacht owners and captains to boat and yacht renters and charterers for unforgettable on-the-water experiences through a dedicated concierge service. The company allows private yacht owners to start a new, or improve an existing, yacht charter business to take advantage of revenue and tax benefits.

Dabbl, Tampa, is a mobile app where consumers are paid to view and engage with brand advertising. By making ads more enjoyable and evolving the value exchange between advertiser and consumer to be more meaningful than “free media,” Dabbl improves advertising for the two most important people in the ad market – the consumer and the advertiser. Dabbl’s direct brand clients include many of the world’s most valuable brand companies including Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Mondelez.

Gale Healthcare Solutions, Tampa, places credentialed clinicians at partner facilities through a proprietary scheduling mobile app and web platform called “Gale.” The company was founded in 2016 and has grown from an employee base of 200 clinicians to over 14,000 clinicians operating in 25 states.

Peerfit, Tampa, provides a wellness benefit that offers flexibility and personalization. The company has two product lines, Peefit Core, for people under 65 with commercial insurance or employer insurance coverage, and Peerfit Move, which is provided through Medicare Advantage plans. Each leverages the Peerfit network of gyms, studios, and digital partners and infrastructure, but the end user interface and partner network are tailored to each customer group. Additionally, both products offer community, gamification, and engagement features to increase use and relevance to members.

Presenting companies were selected by a committee of active equity investors. The selection committee generally looks for mid-to-later stage companies with revenue of $3 million and more. Preference is given to technology-enabled companies, although the selection committee will consider all industries. Presenting companies get coaching and access to investors.

To date, past presenters have raised more than $6 billion in equity funding, resulting in a total economic impact statewide of approximately three times that amount.

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