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 (http://www.knetik.com) won the Judge’s Award and Daytona Beach
startup Details Flowers (http://detailsflowers.com) 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 (http://m1r.com ), from Windermere, and Direct Audio (http://directaudio.co) 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
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.