Description of the Riverwalk 2013 Economic Development Summit:
Could insight make a difference to the decisions you are and will be making in the next several months? Experience the different perspectives across multiple sectors as business leaders, funding professionals, economic development experts, educators and entrepreneurs share in four very different panel discussions. Join us for an Economic Development Summit on Friday, May 3 – at the new Manatee Performing Arts Center. The focus is on tech development/investment and economic growth across FL and regional leadership. Keynote with panel discussions.
Panel 1: “Yes, there is money”
Moderated by Tim Cartwright, Chairman Gulf Coast Venture Forum and Tamiami Angel Fund.
Represented: Fulcrum, fund out of Atlanta with new presence in FL and just closed on 93M fund
New World Angels, Accelerated Growth Partners and Arsenal Ventures (tentative).
Panel 2: “Florida: Why here? Why now?”
Moderated by Mike O’Donnell
6 weeks: 100 meetings for regional Due Diligence and relocated his company from Seattle
Lunch Keynote speaker: Jim Stikeleather Chief Innovation Officer of Dell
“Disruptive Technologies and Disruptive Business Models: In a perfect economy where is growth and return?”
Panel 3: “Home grown tech: What is coming out of Florida Universities and What some companies are doing about it”
Moderated by Jane Muir from U of F technology transfer
University Representatives: Tom O’Neil UCF Tech Transfer, Valerie McDevitt USF Tech Connect
Panelists from companies that have used tech transfer: Lou Oberndorf, former CEO METI, Dr. Chris Morton Nanophotonica, Tom McClain Claro Scientific (tentative)
Panel 4: “Entrepreneurial Microclimates: Our secret weapon”
Panelists include entrepreneurial thought leaders from Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Sarasota moderated by a Bradenton community leader
Wrap-up and Recognition
Launch of MTI DotNet training in support of local companies and REALIZE Bradenton project
Launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week – regional branding initiative
Manatee Performers Arts Center: 502 3rd Ave W Bradenton, FL
Evening after-hours ~ 5-8pm
@Tarpon Pointe – casual chic after hours reception and sunset on the water