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Award: 2Q Venture Pitch Orlando Start Up Competition


Knetik Wins Judge’s Award and Details Flowers Wins Audience Award at 2Q VenturePitch

Orlando Startup Competition

VenturePitch Orlando is a quarterly technology startup pitch and networking event bringing together
over 125 Central Florida early-stage technology founders, investors, and service providers to hear talks
from leading regional entrepreneurial leaders and help launch technology startups.

ORLANDO, FL – May 21, 2015 –VenturePitch Orlando, Central Florida’s technology startup pitch and

networking event showcasing the latest technology startups in the region, announced today that

Altamonte Springs startup Knetik ( won the Judge’s Award and Daytona Beach

startup Details Flowers ( won the Audience Award after pitching to four

technology investor judges before an audience of early-stage technology founders, investors, and

service providers at its second quarter event held on May 20th at The Abbey in downtown Orlando.

2Q VenturePitch Orlando showcased 4 promising early-stage companies which were selected to pitch

their businesses from 12 applying companies. In addition to Knetik and Details Flowers, My One

Resource ( ), from Windermere, and Direct Audio ( from Sanford,

also presented. The competition was preceded by a keynote address by Phil Dumas, Founder and CEO

of Winter Park’s Unikey. Phil had a vision for the future to create a more convenient way for people to

access their home on a day-to-day basis, eliminating the nuisance of a traditional key. A veteran of the

lock world and UCF College of Engineering and Computer Science alum, Dumas brought his access

control industry knowledge along with his experience in private equity to build a company and a

solution that revolutionizes a market that hasn't evolved in more than 1,000 years. In order to make his

vision a reality, Dumas brought the idea on the ABC TV show, "Shark Tank," in May, 2012. His pitch

created a shark feeding frenzy, making Winter Park's UniKey the first company to receive offers from all

five investors.

VenturePitch Orlando’s four technology investor judges, David “Whit” Whitney, University of Florida and

Energent Ventures, Sean Barkman, Ballast Point Ventures, Charlie Dudley, Arsenal Venture Partners, and

Richard Licursi, venVelo, selected Knectic, a startup providing analytics, marketing automation, and

digital services to enterprise customers, as their pick for the most promising technology startup from an

investor perspective. Knetik founder, CEO, and presenter Shane Robinett said: “It was a privilege to

present to the accomplished judges that evening as well as network with them and the audience. As

CEO, it’s always rewarding to have experienced professionals vet your ideas and approach to the

market. Receiving the Judges award, having a chance to respond to their critical but important

feedback, makes it all the worth the more worthwhile. This event is a great venue for presentation of

interesting and innovative ideas and we are glad to be a part of it."

VenturePitch Orlando’s audience selected Details Flowers, a startup developing Customer Relationship

Management software for the floral and event industry to simplify the sourcing, networking and

management of large-scale events, as their pick for the best presentation.

On behalf of the VenturePitch judges, Barkman presented Knetik with the judge's award, an opportunity

for funding through Florida Funders and an audience with four angel/venture capital funds: venVelo,

IDEA Fund Partners, Arsenal Venture Partners, and Tamiami Angel Fund.

The Audience Award, pro bono services from the accounting firm Cross, Fernandez, and Riley,

was presented to Details Flowers’ President and presenter Corrine Heck by Dennis R. Pape, founder of

Florida Venture Sourcing, the host of VenturePitch Orlando, on behalf of CFR.

"I'm happy to say that the response to VenturePitch from the Central Florida technology venture

community has been extremely enthusiastic," said Pape. "Our approach of having technology investor

judges provide helpful, actionable feedback to the pitching companies combined with providing an

opportunity for the Central Florida technology venture community to see and connect with the newest

startups in Central Florida, learn how investors evaluate pitches, and network with their peers and

colleagues appears to be the key to our successful event. We look forward to continue hosting these

VenturePitch events on a quarterly basis in Orlando to give even more startups an opportunity to

showcase their technologies and companies.

To learn more, visit or contact
About Florida Venture Sourcing
Florida Venture Sourcing is an online community of Florida technology venture startups, investors and
mentors. The site aggregates all of the Florida technology venture news, deals, and events while also
providing job and service provider boards. Its weekly newsletter is received by nearly everyone in
Florida involved in the technology venture community. Learn more at
Dennis R. Pape, Florida Venture Sourcing, 407.701.5577 •

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