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Three St. Pete companies will pitch at Florida Venture Capital Conference

Margie Manning



The Florida Venture Forum's 2018 Venture Capital Conference

St. Petersburg companies focused on financial technology, augmented and virtual reality, and the gig economy will make their case for funding at the Florida Venture Forum’s Florida Venture Capital Conference.

Intrinio, Marxent and Preferhired are among the 16 companies chosen to present and exhibit at the conference, Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club.

Three other companies in the Tampa Bay area — Immertec in Tampa, Soma Global in Largo and International Screening Solutions Inc. in Odessa — also will get a chance to pitch.

The Venture Capital Conference is among the oldest and most prestigious events of its kind. Past presenters have raised more than $4.5 billion in equity funding, resulting in a total economic impact statewide of approximately three times that amount, said a news release from the Florida Venture Forum, the state’s largest support organization for investors and entrepreneurs.

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik is scheduled to be the opening keynote speaker and Patrick Goddard, president of Brightline, will give the closing keynote. Umet Tekin, co-founder and CEO of ParkJockey, a Miami-based parking technology company, also will speak at the event.

Here are  details on the local companies that will take part.

Rachel Carpenter, CEO, Intrinio

Intrinio, led by CEO Rachel Carpenter, has an application programming interface supported by more than 300 types of financial data feeds. Developers and engineers from fintech companies, large institutions, hedge funds and universities are able to quickly integrate data into anything they are building. Intrinio’s mission is to use data to power a new generation of fintech innovation, the company said.

Marxent is a leader in augmented reality and virtual reality for furniture and home decor retailers and manufacturers. The company has a suite of solutions to help furniture buyers configure, design and visualize home furnishings in context. Co-founder and CEO Beck Besecker is speaking today at on the main stage at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in New York.

Preferhired is a human resource and gig economy technology software company. The company has built an online candidate referral marketplace that empowers everyone to help their friends and colleagues find jobs while rewarding them throughout the recruitment process.

Erik Maltais and Jon Clagg from Immertec

Immertec has created virtual reality software that allows medical device companies to train physicians in real-time and remotely in an environment that is immersive and interactive. Immertec is among the companies currently in Tampa Bay Wave’s post-accelerator cohort.

Soma Global‘s team includes public safety and technology veterans who understand and respect the value of a partnership with an agency. They believe that together they can redefine and deliver modern, best-of-breed public safety solutions with a primary focus on saving lives and protecting first responders.

International Screening Solutions is a Software-as-a-Service risk management platform that delivers automated solutions for customers in multiple segments. The company serves both regulated and un-regulated markets through variations of their core platform and deliver both data feeds, as well as risk decisioning workflow integration.


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