Observations on South Florida business
Southwest Florida has two strengths: budding entrepreneurs with great ideas and retired executives rich with experience.
So when an organization brings them together, you can sense that something awesome is going to happen. Maybe we’ll even find the so-called unicorn, that elusive company every venture capitalist and angel investor dreams about earning them a fortune.
That promising organization is Fusion Pointe, a nonprofit organization that is based on a hugely successful program in Cleveland called JumpStart that brings together startup entrepreneurs with experienced mentors.
“We try to do very specialized mentoring,” says Rob Strandberg, executive director of Fusion Pointe. Strandberg recently spoke to more than 40 entrepreneurs and mentors gathered recently at ReliabilityWeb in Fort Myers to discuss how angel and venture capital investors value companies.
Fusion Pointe mentors help startup entrepreneurs get their companies ready for angel and venture capital investing, says Tim Cartwright, chairman of the Naples-based Tamiami Angel Funds and a board member of Fusion Pointe. “Fusion Pointe can bridge that education gap,” Cartwright says.
Learn more about Fusion Pointe by visiting www.fusionpointe.org and Tamiami Angel Funds by visiting www.tamiamiangels.com.
There are other venture capital events around Southwest Florida sponsored by Tamiami Angel Funds, too. These include VenturePitch and Founder’s Talk events. Visit http://www.tamiami-e.co to find out more.
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