TiE Talk: Funding Continuum and Landscape for Startups -...
Nov 19, 2019
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM (America/New_York)
USF Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium, 8350,North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota,United States View map →

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Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week(GEW) 

Startups need money during all stages of their growth…from early-stage where friends and families usually provide the seed funding or mid-stage where one is looking at investment funds, clubs, and family offices to fulfill the growing appetite through series funding.

Whether it’s that initial first funding that starts your business or later rounds of capital you raise, what should you know? In this interactive session Peter Nealis, from Taft Law, Rich Heruska, Accelerator Director Tampa Bay Wave, Dave Chitester, Founder of Florida Funders & SeedFunders, and Kevin Burgoyne, President and CEO Florida Venture Forum  will share insights on what you should know for this journey and answer questions you might have along the way. We will also look at organizations and sources of capital available to you in Florida and across the TiE universe. Panel Moderated by Sara Hand of Spark Growth, TiE Tampa Bay Conference Program Chair.


Peter Nealis is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, a full-service law firm. Peter has substantial experience representing both public and private companies and investors in a variety of securities, regulatory, and corporate governance matters. A large part of Peter’s practice consists of the representation of start-ups and emerging growth companies, including in their initial capital raising ventures and subsequent private placements. Peter also has substantial experience in the area of partnership and limited liability company formation and governance, as well as related tax issues. 

He has also represented businesses and their owners in connection with all aspects of the mergers and acquisitions process, and he regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of general corporate and business matters, including intellectual property protection and licensing.

Rich Heruska is the Accelerator Director at the Tampa Bay Wave, At the Tampa Bay Wave, Rich leads a portfolio of 60+ companies and one of the state’s largest Mentor networks consisting of 100+ technology leaders and entrepreneurs. Rich lead the Accelerator to be the first in Florida accepted to the Global Accelerator Network and secured its first Corporate backed Accelerator creating the TechDiversity Accelerator, powered by the Nielsen Foundation.

Rich is a Serial Entrepreneur and 5x Founder of numerous Consumer Brands. Active in the community, Rich serves on the Synapse Board of Directors, was Chair of TiEcon Florida 2019

Mr. Chitester is the founder of the Tampa Bay investment firms Florida Funders and Seedfunders. He is also the recipient of the 2019 TiE Tampa Bay Super Angel Investor Award for his efforts in pioneering changes in the Tampa Bay startup landscape over the past 5 years.

Florida Funders, founded in 2013, is the first and only online platform in Florida to use equity crowdfunding to invest in startups. To date the company has invested more than $15 million in 20 early stage companies and has recently raised an $18 million committed capital fund to invest alongside the "crowd" of more than 1,100 accredited investors. Before Florida Funders and Seedfunders, Mr. Chitester started several companies from scratch with a number of successful exits. He sold his first company, Chitester Management Systems, to Hill International, a public company headquartered in Philadelphia. 

Kevin Burgoyne serves as president of the Florida Venture Forum, the state’s premier organization connecting Florida growth companies with sources of capital. In addition to his work with the Forum he serves as a board or advisory board member with the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, the Enterprise Florida Stakeholders Council and StartupQuest.

Kevin joined the Forum in 2012 with more than 20 years of corporate and private investment industry experience. His corporate experience includes senior level sales, marketing and communications roles in the media and technology industries with Walt Disney Television, PanAmSat and Global Crossing. In 2006 he joined a South Florida-based multi-family office focused on real estate and technology investment, where he managed firm holdings and sourced potential investments. He has also served as a principal and/or consultant with several technology-focused start-ups and private investment groups. 

Panel Moderator

Sara Hand is a visionary leader with a strong and diverse business development background spanning the innovation value chain from idea stage to exit. She is experienced across public and private sectors, industry clusters and early stage investment. As the CEO of Spark Growth projects take place across time zones and cultures.  Sara finds and leverages unique value propositions to create synergistic partnerships. Sara believes that people and businesses thrive in communities and has created a global network of thought leaders to facilitate her work.

Sara is widely recognized for fostering collaboration and driving action-focused agendas for business and community development. This has led to opportunities with the State Department, the United Nations Launch of WED, the 2015 Harvard Future-Ready Economies Summit, International Strategic Doing Leadership Conference, Startup India Rocks 2016, co-production of Smart Cities Innovation Accelerators, the 2018 CEED Global Conference in Tunisia and the 2020 Chair for TiECon Florida.

Program Agenda

6.30 – 7:00 Registration

7:00 – 8:00 Featured session

8:00 – 9:00 Networking and Dinner 

Program Supported By

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions each November that inspire millions to explore their potential as an entrepreneur while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems.

TiE Tampa Bay

The TiE Tampa Chapter was founded in 2012 and provides a unique value as an access point for entrepreneurs and investors to a global community.  The mission of TiE is to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, education, funding and incubation. TiE Global is the largest global non-profit organization. There are currently 15,000 members (including over 3000 charter members or mentors) in 61 chapters across 14 countries.

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