Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

Venture Capital sources in Florida include both local “Angel” or early-round investors and Venture Capital firms that invest in the state.  Many of the latter are located in Florida but many others are located outside the state but have shown an interest in investing in the life sciences in Florida.

All investors focus on certain types of business and specific geographies, and they clearly state their investment focus on their website, so you should investigate that before contacting them.


Firms that invest $500,000 and up in start-up companies who have used angel funding to reach some level of success.  Most are looking for companies who have achieved certain milestones of revenue, test completion, etc.

National and State-wide Firms and Conferences

South Florida:

  • Athenian Venture Partners – Ft Lauderdale office of national VC firm.  IT and Healthcare.  Smaller deals. – www.athenianvp.com
  • Gold Coast Venture Capital Association (GCVA) – provides monthly meetings and a unique venue for entrepreneurs, investors and service providers to come together.- www.gcvca.org/
  • H.I.G. Capital – Investment banking, National firm with HQ in Miami – www.higcapital.com
  • Knight Enterprise Fund – Early stage funding for media innovation – www.knightfoundation.org/funding-initiatives/enterprisefund/
  • Ladenburg Thalman – Investment banking, Miami and Boca Raton – www.ladenburg.com/
  • Medina Capital – $10-$20 million investments in companies that target business customers including large enterprises and national governments.  – www.medinacapital.com/



Angel investors include private investors who typically invest $25,000 – $250,000 in very early stage companies.  They often cooperate in groups of like-minded investors who hold regular meetings.







  • Kapital Kingdom – Website that matches entrepreneurs and investors – www.kapitalkingdom.com
  • MapYourStartup – Listing of start-ups and start-up activity in the region. www.mapyourstartup.co/
  • MiamiTech.org – Information website with listing of IT-related events – www.miamitech.org/
  • TheReef.biz – Information source for the South Florida entrepreneurial community – www.thereef.biz/



  • Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research – Group that works with Florida universities to commercialize their work.  Provides matching funding of several types. – www.florida-institute.com/
  • Florida Venture Sourcing – Weekly news e-mail about the local venture community – www.floridaventuresourcing.com
  • National Venture Capital Association – Source for all sorts of information about venture capital and entrepreneurship – www.nvca.com
  • PriceWaterhuseCoopers Money Tree Report – Statistics about venture capital investment in the US –  www.pwcmoneytree.com/
  • University of New Hampshire –  Center for Venture Research – www.wsbe.unh.edu/cvr-news