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Scenes from the 2023 Synapse Summit

Veronica Brezina



The 2023 Synapse Summit hosted at Amalie Arena in Tampa. Photo by Veronica Brezina.

As couples were swooning over heart-shaped gifts and romantic gestures on Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, Synapse was taking over Amalie Arena in Tampa to host its annual tech summit, bringing over 6,000 entrepreneurs and innovators under one roof. 

The 2023 Synapse Summit drew 800 investors and venture capitalists, 300 exhibitors and 150 speakers. In total, the summit hosted over 40 panels that touched on the latest advancements in defense security, blockchain, artificial intelligence and environmental sustainability. 

This year’s keynote speakers included Ally Love, a global Peloton instructor and entrepreneur; Steve Case, co-founder of AOL and chairman and CEO of Revolution; Cathie Wood, CEO and CIO of Ark Invest; and Phoebe Miles, co-founder of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, and the daughter of the inventor of Gatorade. 

Scenes from the  Summit 

Lil Roberts (right), CEO of Xendoo, moderates a discussion with former AOL co-founder and CEO Steve Case on the mainstage. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


A breakout panel on the strategy behind integrating marketing and community relations for tech companies. Photo by Mark Parker.


The Gainesville-based Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention presented a project which utilizes paper polyhedrons, 3D figures that are commonly used in art. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Arktide, one of the many exhibitors at the summit, showcases the concept of building floating communities and cities on the oceans. Arktide is a Tampa Bay Wave incubator company. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Tampa Mayor Jane Castor speaks on the main stage, welcoming the attendees. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Tampa General Hospital creates a visual representation of its home health care program. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Joe Hamilton, publisher of the St. Pete Catalyst and head of network at Cityverse, moderates a fireside chat with ARK Invest founder Cathie Wood. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


The University of South Florida staff educates the attendees on USF’s tech and business programs. Photo by Mark Parker.


A robot on the ice floor engages with attendees. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Startup Spot, which created an app for people to find the nearest fitness facilities, hiking trails and more, challenges attendees to a fitness test. Photo by Mark Parker.


Startup EVQLV is announced as the winner in the pitch competition at the summit, claiming a grand prize of $150,000. EVQLV is a Miami-based startup focused on revolutionizing therapeutic antibody development through machine learning. Photo by Veronica Brezina.


Local startup Immertec, which creates immersive peer-to-peer remote experiences for doctors in training, showcases its virtual reality tech at the summit. Photo by Mark Parker.


The St. Petersburg Area Economic Development Corp.’s table inside the arena. Photo by Mark Parker.

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