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GrowFL Presents: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding Today


Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)

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GrowFL Presents:


Innovation, Entrepreneurship and

Crowdfunding Today

  Tuesday, September 2, 2014
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Werner Auditorium at Florida Hospital Orlando
601 East Rollins Street, Orlando, Florida 32803

Registration fee:  $15.00 per person, breakfast included

Innovation and entrepreneurship efforts run strong throughout the Central Florida region.  From research and development, incubators and high tech innovations, to support for growth companies beyond the startup stage, this region continues to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem like no other.  In addition, great success has been achieved by these entrepreneurial companies raising funds on popular crowdfunding websites and at large in-person gatherings.  But, have you ever wondered what exactly crowdfunding is or how it works?  GrowFL will convene leading experts to share their knowledge about innovation, entrepreneurship and crowdfunding and how Central Florida entrepreneurs can get involved.



Rick Wassel, Florida Hospital

Rick WasselRick Wassel is the Executive Director and General Manager for Florida Hospital’s Health Village and International Development initiatives. With more than 2,100 beds, the nine-hospital system serves the Central Florida community and is the largest subsidiary of Adventist Health System in the country. Florida Hospital admits more patients annually than any other hospital in the U.S. and is the largest provider of Medicare services.

Mr. Wassel has been with Florida Hospital for 18 years and has served in various leadership capacities during that time with special emphasis in strategy, corporate development and new venture roles. He was instrumental in the development and successful launch of the Florida Hospital Celebration Health Medical Group and Florida Hospital Celebration Health, a state-of-the-future hospital that opened in 1998 in the Walt Disney Company’s community of Celebration. He also developed Florida Hospital’s first national executive health program in 1999 which now serves the senior executive teams of many Fortune 500 companies.

Elton Rivas, One Spark

Elton RivasElton Rivas is one of the driving forces behind Northeast Florida’s rapidly emerging entrepreneurial community.Rivas is also the visionary and a co-founder of One Spark, The World’s Crowdfunding Festival, which takes place in Jacksonville, Fla. each spring and expands globally to Berlin in September 2014. Rivas has founded or co-founded nearly a dozen successful companies, including CoWork Jax, Zero Confines, LLC, and most recently, KYN, an accelerator program that works side-by-side with startups. Rivas is also a triathlete, speaker and passionate human.



Heather Schwarz-Lopes, EarlyShares 

heatherHeather Schwarz-Lopes, CFP® is an experienced executive with a 16-year track record of success in the financial services industry. Heather has an established reputation as a solutions-driven leader with expertise in wealth management, business development, strategic planning, relationship management, and entrepreneurship. She is currently the Co-Founder & CSO of EarlyShares, the trusted platform that gives accredited investors direct access to private opportunities.

EarlyShares, which Heather co-founded in 2011, enables individuals and companies to leverage Title II of the JOBS Act to capitalize on new investing and capital raising opportunities. As Chief Strategy Officer, Heather spearheads strategic initiatives to help EarlyShares transform the $2T private finance market. Heather's background and financial services expertise have helped her lead EarlyShares from inception to a premier position in an emerging industry.

Heather has been an active advocate for private investment “crowdfunding” since 2011 and is EarlyShares’ primary liaison with Washington regulators. Heather’s efforts helped bring EarlyShares to the attention of the Start-Up America Partnership, which made EarlyShares the featured company on its website on April 5, 2012 – the day President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law.


Robert Tatum, Financial Partners Network


Robert Tatum, a Sr. Partner with Financial Partners Network (FPN) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, manages client relationships and prepares companies to meet their capital objectives. He specializes in web-based advertising campaigns made available for Rule 506 (C) offerings, making effective use of general solicitation to find the right investors for FPN Client offerings rapidly and cost-effectively.

Financial Partners Network delivers to their Client Companies, a network of Accredited Investors. For these Clients, Financial Partners Network manages the digital, on-line search for Accredited Investors using Pay per Click, Re-Marketing, Banner Ads, and email solicitations. Financial Partners Network also produces Client collateral materials, facilitates Road Shows, Webinars, and coordinates Investor-Client meetings.



Seth Joseph, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

sethSeth Joseph is a Shareholder with Carlton Fields Jorden Burt. Seth has extensive experience in capital formation for growth companies, securities and mergers & acquisitions, including both domestic and cross border assignments. He represents corporate issuers and underwriters in public and private offerings, merchant banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, and emerging clients in acquisitions and financing activities. Mr. Joseph has extensive experience in the telecommunications and technology industries. Mr. Joseph has twice served as general counsel of public and pre-IPO technology companies with substantial cross border 

This program is brought to you by:

Titusville     FHTCC   Greater Palm Bay    Space Coast EDC

GrowFL is generously supported by:

Ambassador Sponsors

Wells Fargo      UCF      TWSquared

Pioneer Sponsors

FHTCC      OUC-logo      atLarge
FilmScape Productions    Carlton Fields

Visionary Sponsors

About GrowFL: GrowFL was created in 2009 by the Florida legislature as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening®—to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state—GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. As of June 30, 2013, GrowFL assisted companies represented 13,493 direct jobs across the state of Florida. In 2013, these companies had an estimated sales output of $1.14* billion and contributed $2.33 billion to the Florida economy. For fiscal years 2012 and 2013, a variety of state, local and private sector funding sources invested $2.61 million in the GrowFL program. The activities of this program over the same time period helped generate an estimated 3,745 net new direct, indirect and induced jobs, which in turn contributed $587.49 million to Florida’s economy and generated an additional $19.78 million in total state and local tax revenues (above and beyond the cost of the program). This translates into a Return On Investment of $7.58 for every $1.00 invested into the program. *All dollar amounts have been adjusted to 2014 dollars. Today, GrowFL has assisted more than 700 companies through our Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 150 successful entrepreneurs through our annual awards program,Florida Companies to Watch

Have questions about GrowFL Presents: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Crowdfunding Today? Contact GrowFL

When & Where

Werner Auditorium at Florida Hospital Orlando
601 East Rollins Street
Orlando, Florida 32803

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT)

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