The Florida Venture Forum has selected 16 companies to present at its second annual Florida Aerospace Capital Forum at the Guidewell Innovation Center at Lake Nona on November 6 – and 9 are from Central Florida.
Ben Patz, head of the event selection committee and managing partner of DeepWork Capital stated, “The Florida Venture Forum’s Aerospace Capital Conference draws early stage companies premised on hard science. Investors and businesses looking for startups with breakthrough technical solutions and meaningful IP can find hidden gems here, and companies with these innovations may find investors who understand them.”
In addition to company presentations and other programming, the conference will provide a total of $100,000 in cash awards presented to three winning companies, courtesy of Space Florida.
The 9 companies selected from Central Florida are:
Alertgy, Melbourne (www.alertgy.com) has developed the first wearable noninvasive continuous blood glucose monitor (NICGM). Using its proprietary technology, Alertgy can detect blood glucose levels without any invasive probes or sensors, and alert the patient, family, friends and caregivers via its smartphone link and automated alarm capability. These features provide accurate routine blood glucose measurement without the customary needle prick and meter device, and provide potentially life-savings alerts when glucose levels are dangerously high or low.
Capacitech, Orlando (www.capacitechenergy.com) is commercializing patent protected, advanced energy storage technology from University of Central Florida. The company was formed in 2016, won several competitions, and secured grant funding to mitigate technical risk. It now has working technology, significant traction for sustainable revenue, and recently made their first sale.
Censys Technologies, Daytona Beach (www.censystech.com) is a Florida-based C-corp that sells long-range commercial drones, documentation services, mobile operation centers and data processing solutions that help drone service providers and enterprises minimize overhead and headache. Their recurring revenue streams include maintenance services, recurrent training, and data processing.
Everix, Orlando (www.everixopticalfilters.com) is disrupting the optical filter market with their high-value and low-cost-to produce solution. Their process creates high-performance filters that are 5x to 20x thinner and lighter than vacuum coated filters which enables their customers to miniaturize their devices. Everix filters are flexible, so for the first time, they allow for the application of high-performance filters on curved surfaces (LiDAR domes, auto-glass, AR/VR headsets, specialty eyewear, smart patches, etc.).
Helical Communication Technologies, Rockledge (www.heicomtech.com) was formed to serve the increasing need for specialized antennas for use with ground-based and space-based communication with satellites placed in low earth orbit and deep space. Helical Communication Technologies is conveniently located in Florida’s High Tech Corridor on the Space Coast and draws seasoned experts in the field of radio frequency and aerospace engineering that participated in NASA’s manned space program.
Helicon Chemical Company, Orlando (www.heliconchemical.com) develops and manufactures next-generation rocket fuel for the military and commercial space industries. They enable the next generation of rocket propulsion technology using nanotechnology-based rocket fuels. They are working with multiple partners in the commercial space sector to lower the cost of space launch operations, and with the military sector to improve missile system safety and increase performance. Helicon provides rocket manufacturers with a technological leap: a new class of fuel that enables simpler, cheaper, safer, and better performing rocket designs.
InitWeather, Melbourne Beach (www.InitWeather.com) uses artificial intelligence and advanced data collection technology to develop more accurate weather forecasts for the aerospace industry to help make better, smarter, and faster weather based-decisions. To date, InitWeather is the only company that is releasing their verified quantifiable results for their increased forecast accuracy using artificial intelligence.
Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc, Daytona Beach (www.sensatek.com) develops, produces, markets, and supports proprietary wireless sensors for measuring temperature, pressure, and strain in extreme environments. They offer their patented ceramic passive resonators, integrated antenna system, and readers that interface with data acquisition systems (DAQ) that enables wireless sensing in inaccessible locations. They enable Energy and Aerospace Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) to eliminate routing cables while generating data to optimize the utilization of strategic assets.
SynMatter, Merritt Island (www.synmatter.co) provides smart anticorrosion microparticles utilizing its patented platform technology. These Smart Particles have a triggered release mechanism and only release the corrosion inhibitors at the site of corrosion damage. In standardized corrosion testing, the Smart Particles demonstrated increased anticorrosive performance. They exhibited significant reductions in corrosion product, scribe creepage and blistering. They showed no signs of coating delamination in both salt spray and atmospheric exposure testing on steel and aluminum alloys, when compared to both coatings with no inhibitors and coatings with pure inhibitors.
More information about the Florida Aerospace Capital Forum can be found here.