Synapse Florida announces finalists for Innovation Awards

Synapse Summit, an annual event that brings people together to connect, educate and celebrate Florida’s innovation, has announced the finalists for its Innovation Awards.

Finalists will present, on the main stage, at the Innovation Showcase at Synapse Summit, on February 28. The finalists were hand-selected by a panel of judges of CEOs, innovation leaders and investors across the state.

“The fourth annual Synapse Innovation Awards celebrate Florida’s innovators, risk-takers, doers and creators for daring to see an opportunity to make something better and to do it,” said Lauren Prager, chief executive officer of Synapse. “The innovation award showcase gives visibility to companies of different industries, technologies, communities and stages. Each finalist will give a live presentation at the Summit and winners will be announced.”

The Innovation Award judges include Eric Aaronson, senior investment analyst and attorney at Mark Cuban Companies, Richard Heruska, chief operating officer at Kinnetz Family Office, Roger Hoss, chief evangelist at The Venture Mentoring Team, and Rose LeJiste, chief executive at RL Engineering and Tech Solutions.

Finalists by category:

Community Impact – Non-profit and for-profit organizations that have impacted their communities by implementing creative solutions or distributing resources.

• Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay

• Ocean Rescue Alliance International

Emerging Technology – Companies were judged based on their innovation or new applications of an emerging technology.

• National Energy USA

• SynMatter

Tech Startup – Startups that are less than two years old. Companies were judged based on their journey, problem discovery, solutions, growth and community impact.

• Expanded Existence

• WellConnector

Innovative Product – Products that are currently available, unique and innovative. Products were judged for design, functionality and potential impact.

• Home Lending Pal

• SprainGo

Growth Stage Company – Recognizes organizations that have demonstrated exceptional growth in the past 12 months in company size, user adoption or revenue.

• DirectMail2.0


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