Florida Poly Partners With Florida Funders To Continue Evolving The Sunshine State Into The Startup State
Lakeland, Fla. — Florida Polytechnic University, known for shaping the state’s future STEM talent, today announces a partnership with Florida Funders, a hybrid of a venture capital fund and an angel investor network, to provide the next generation of students with meaningful connections in the technology startup industry.
The partnership fosters the potential career placements of students within Florida Funders’ expansive startup community. It also creates an avenue for its members to collaborate with the University through its successful Capstone Design Program. The program allows seniors to use their high-tech, project-based education to help entrepreneurs by developing evolutionary products to impact various functions across businesses and industries.
Through this collaboration and Florida Polytechnic University’s offering certificates in entrepreneurship, students can learn directly from Florida Funders’ dynamic team via guest lectures designed to give students real-world insights into what it takes to start Florida’s next breakout technology company.
“We know that Florida Funders has access to the best technology startup community that can make a difference for our students’ futures,” said Randy K. Avent, University President, Florida Polytechnic University. “In addition, our students who have the best education in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), will have the opportunity to learn from the best and have excellent careers.”
Florida Polytechnic University is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and also has a strong, internationally recognized entrepreneurship program.
“Our partnership with the Florida Polytechnic University is vital for realizing our goal to evolve from the Sunshine State to the Startup State,” said Tom Wallace, Managing Partner of Florida Funders, based in Tampa, Fla. “Discovering exceptional talent is an essential piece of the puzzle that allows local startups to go on to become successful, driving economic growth in the region.”
About Florida Funders
Florida Funders is a hybrid of a venture capital fund and an angel investor network that together discovers, funds and builds early-stage technology companies in Florida. We exist to evolve Florida from the Sunshine State to the Startup State by ensuring there is as little friction as possible in the ecosystem, that investors have access to meaningful deal flow and entrepreneurs have access to a wide range of accredited investors. Florida Funders educates and ignites its community of investors and network of partners to drive investment in the most exciting startups Florida has to offer. Our one of a kind angel investor network provides transparency, fosters communication, and empowers strategic relationships between the investor network and the founders. Our team is composed of serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and experienced angel investors singularly focused on uncovering Florida’s next breakout technology company. To learn more, visit www.floridafunders.com
About Florida Polytechnic University
Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is a member of the State University System of Florida. It is the only state university dedicated exclusively to STEM and offers ABET accredited degrees. Florida Poly is a powerful economic engine within the state of Florida, blending applied research with industry partnerships to give students an academically rigorous education with real-world relevance. Connect with Florida Poly.