Tampa Bay leaders to speak at Gainesville Innovation Summit this week

OneSixOne Ventures will hold its inaugural Gainesville Innovation Summit, on October 5, leading into the University of Florida’s homecoming weekend.

The summit will have more than 20 speakers, many of whom are UF alumni, including Marcus Adolfsson, founding partner at Tampa Bay Ventures, Ryan Whittemore, partner at Florida Funders, Randy Glein, partner at DFJ Growth (investors in Twitter, Tesla and OpenAI) and Laura DiBella, secretary of commerce for the State of Florida.

Other speakers coming from Tampa include Andreas Calabrese, general partner at Tampa Bay Ventures, Saxon Baum, partner at Florida Funders, Lauren Prager, chief executive officer of Synapse, and Elizabeth Ho-Sing-Loy, senior member operations associate at Embarc Collective.

Tampa Bay-based startup Spontivly will be pitching alongside OneSixOne Ventures portfolio companies Everykey (Cleveland-based) and Flair Labs (Seattle-based).

OneSixOne Ventures is a Gainesville-based venture capital firm that launched in 2022. The firm has funded more than $1.3 million into 11 startups, including Tampa Bay-based startup EaseAlert and Holocron Technologies, which is led by Tampa native Tristan Yang.

TBBW readers receive 50% off tickets to the summit, use promo code TBBW161.

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