Bob Fitts – Producer of SUP-X and President of GCVCA

Bob Fitts – Producer of SUP-X and President of GCVCA

We have plenty of activity and zeal and some real success stories – Ultimate Software, Citrix, and Magic Leap come to mind quickly, but there are others.  We need more, more of everything and better everything –  startups, exits, angel groups, seed funds, exits, talent, cooperation throughout South Florida – everything

– – Bob

Bob Fitts, producer of The Startup Expo and President of the Gold Coast Venture Capital Association, relocated from Manhattan to Miami as a management consultant and soon became entrenched in the South Florida entrepreneurial community.


GCVCA’s Meet the Angels 2015

GCVCA September Meeting
The GCVCA’s Meet the Angels

Wednesday, September 30th
Embassy Suites, Boca Raton
661 Northwest 53rd St., Boca Raton, FL 33487

A gathering of major angel groups and funds from throughout the state that specialize in seed to series A investing. This is an excellent opportunity for area entrepreneurs to learn which area angel groups and funds are the right ones for them to pursue for funding.  The panelists will provide information about their investment parameters, their process, typical funding size, and contact information.  The panels will also discuss pertinent issues related to raising capital and investing that entrepreneurs and investors alike can learn from.

Confirmed panelists thus far:

Doug O’Keefe, Miami Innovation Fund
Dave Chitester, Florida Funders
Mike O’Donnell, Grupo Arcano
Tim Cartwright, Tamiami Angel Funds

Jay Holmes, Caerus Ventures
Rhys Williams, New World Angels
Kilburn Sherman, SJO Worldwide
Mitchel Laskey, The Fan Fund
Ed Boland, Scout Ventures

5:30-6:30 pm – Networking Reception, GCVCA Members and VIP Pass Holders only
6:30-8:30 pm – Panels  and Q&A

Angel Education Series – Managing Dealflow

We’re proud to announce the Angel Education Series thanks to the support of Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation and the Kellogg School of Management.

The Series will consist of 6 workshops aimed at training the Miami investment community in the intricacies of angel investing. These will cover a range of topics such as Valuations, Portfolio Strategy, Post-investment Relationship, Legalities of Angel Investing, and Picking Winners.

The sixth workshop, ‘Managing Dealflow’, will be taught by Laura Maydon, Managing Director @ Endeavor Miami, & Susan Amat, Founder @ Venture Hive. It will be held on JUN 24th, 8am-1030am at Kellogg in Coral Gables.

The Series will:

  • Teach early stage investing principles providing basic tools and resources.
  • Provide a clear picture of the intricacies of South Florida i.e. opportunities and constraints
  • Showcase local investment platforms, current angel investors and key members of the entrepreneurial local ecosystem

Must register at

FundingPost: Miami Angel and VC Event

Interested in meeting early-stage accredited investors in Miami? Then register for the FundingPost Angle & VC Conference on Wednesday evening, June 17th, 2015 at 5:30pm. FundingPost has hosted 320+ sold-out venture events in 23 cities over the past 14 years.

Register here –>

At our Miami Conference, the panel of investors will focus on how to pitch to early-stage investors, and what it really takes to get them to cut you a check! We will be discussing the things that are most important to them when they are considering an investment, the best and worst things an entrepreneur can do to get their attention during a pitch, and, of course, the best ways to reach these and other Investors. There will be plenty of time for networking with the Investor panelists during the cocktail party!

25 entrepreneur attendees to sign up will also get the option to pitch their business idea in 1 minute or less in front of the investor panel. This is a competition and the best pitch will be decided upon by our panel.

Along with the pitch competition, there is an educational and networking component to the event. All attendees will be gaining an understanding of what investors are looking for in the Miami market and what our entrepreneurs are building. All attendees will be able to market themselves (including their products and/or services) throughout the event through networking with one another.

The panel and pitching will be followed by networking during the cocktail party!

Speakers include:

Zalmi Duchman, Angel & Chairman of The Fresh Diet
David Koehn, Sand Hill Angels
David B. Schottenstein, Angel Investor
Shridar Chityala, Vedas Group
Christopher Gimbert. Star Mountain Capital
Welcome Address: Spencer Lyon, FundingPost