AlphaLab Gear interview featured on BTF Radio

Alphalab Gear is a hardware and robotic startup accelerator that provides physical product companies with investment, mentorship and connections.

The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup application is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. 6 teams will be selected in each city to give a 4-minute pitch to judging teams made up of local VCs and Hardware CEOs.


Founder of Nation’s Largest Latina Owned Business to Address Diversity Forum at Florida’s Largest Startup Conference

We are excited to announce that Carmen Castillo, Founder, President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale based SDI International Corp. (SDI), one of the world's largest Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned Businesses, will be the subject of the SUP-X Diversity in Entrepreneurship Forum's "Fireside Chat". Ms. Castillo will share her wisdom and lessons learned from building a successful, global Minority- and Woman-owned business with the entrepreneurs in attendance.

Castillo states, “Sup-X is a tremendous opportunity to address entrepreneurs about building and growing a business and to talk about the importance of diversity in that process. Diversity is a key differentiator - and one of the secrets of my success - that SDI leveraged early on to successfully grow our business.”

Read the entire press release here (PDF)

SUP-X: The StartUp Expo to Host Regional Finals of National Hardware Startup Competition

SUP-X®: The StartUp Expo, the largest startup conference in Florida and one of the largest in the U.S., announced that it had formed a partnership with Pittsburgh based accelerator AlphaLab Gear and that it will host the Southeast Regional competition of AlphaLab Gear’s Hardware Cup, one of the country’s most prestigious startup competitions focused on hardware.   

Read the entire release here (PDF)

Interview with Marcia Dawood, Managing Partner, BlueTree Capital; Managing Director, Golden Seeds; and Lead Investor and General Partner of Rising Tide Fund.

Check out this week's interview with Marcia Dawood, a critical component of the investment community in South Florida. In this interview, Marcia talks to Bob Fitts about her background in investing; and her work to encourage more women to invest strategically in startups across the US and the globally. 

Read the entire interview here (PDF)

Spotlight on South Florida's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Sun-Sentinel reporter, Marcia Pounds, interviews notable key players, investors and entrepreneurs in the South Florida startup space. Included in the article are: Bob Fitts, Founder of Sup-X; Matthew Kim, CEO of Vigilant Biosciences; Tim Cartwright of Tamiami Angel Funds; Mark Volcheck, founder of Las Olas Venture Capital in Fort Lauderdale; Magic Leap; Rob Strandberg, CEO of Enterprise Development Corporation and more. 

Read the entire article at the Sun-Sentinel website here. 

Interview with Andrew Yang, CEO + Founder Venture for America

Today’s guest, Andrew Yang, is the CEO and Founder of Venture for America, an organization that recruits and trains top college graduates to startups and early-stage companies in emerging US cities to generate jobs and train future entrepreneurs.  I’ve met several VFA fellows in the past couple of years and I’ve been incredibly impressed with them, so I decided to reach out to Andrew to learn more about the organization ...

Read the interview here (PDF)

SUP-X Post Show Media: Ultimate Software Shares Advice at SUP-X

Nancy Dahlberg, Reporter - Miami Herald

Advice was coming from all sides last week, with a packed calendar of entrepreneurship conferences and events that brought in more than 100 speakers, many from Silicon Valley, New York and other parts of the U.S. and world. But sometimes the best advice comes from our own backyard.

Jim Jensen, Ultimate Software’s vice president for strategic alliances, reminded the audience at Sup-X: The Startup Expo last week that the company, which now has 3,000+ employees and brings in more than $600 million in revenue, was once a startup too — beginning in four cubicles off Stirling Road 25 years ago. Those were the days when portable computers meant screwing door handles on the tops of the desktop computers so they could be lugged home, he said.

Read more at the Miami Herald here.

SUP-X Post Show Media: Wellington Company Wins at Sup-X

From Marcia Heroux Pounds, Reporter - Sun Sentinel

Wellington-based Energy Bionics, which makes a mobile device-charging watch, was among the top three winners of the SUP-X startup expo competition in Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday.

The company came in third, winning $10,000.

The top winner, of $25,000, was Apellix in Jacksonville, which has developed robotic drones for painting bridges and infrastructure and cleaning skyscrapers. Second place and $15,000 went to Torch of Chattanooga, Tenn., maker of a Wi-Fi router for families.

The three winners were among five finalists and 15 semi-finalists from across the country. The finalists pitched their businesses to investors and other startup experts on Wednesday.

Read more at the Sun Sentinel here.

A start-up company out of UF's Innovation Hub is one of 50 semi-finalists competing at SUP-X

Local tech company qualifies for startup competition

Local tech company qualifies for startup competition
Published January 27th, 2016
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A start- up company out of the UF's Innovation Hub is one of 50 semi- finalists competing at the annual "start- up expo" in fort lauderdale next month.
"We developed a product that's going to revolutionize the way we clean," says founder, Julius Regalado. He is the chief technology officer at Ivy Creative Labs- and one of the five founders behind one of Innovation Hubs leading start up companies."It's for the mothers, the families of children that play sports that have all sorts of stinky, smelly gear, and what our device does is give back parents the things they want to do, rather than wash all the smelly stuff. 
 And what exactly does this business do?

Read the article at WCJB-TV here. 

Bob Fitts featured on SCORE radio show

Bob Fitts, founder of Sup-X: The Startup Expo, is interviewed on the subject of what startups need to gain traction and get things moving. 

Startups have special needs but often communities aren't set up to help. Bob Fitts founded Sup-X: The Startup Expo to provide much-needed resources like access to financing and investors to help emerging entrepreneurs gain traction.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

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Startup conference to draw 1,500 entrepreneurs and investors

The South Florida Business Journal reports that, "Growing startup conference Start-Up Expo, or SUP-X, will bring together 80 exhibitors and an estimated 1,500 entrepreneurs and investors this month."

Bob Fitts, fouder of Sup-X is quoted in the article as saying, "With hundreds of investors, a great showcase of North America’s top startups, a women’s forum, workshops for entrepreneurs, three dozen top quality speakers and panelists and nearly 100 exhibitors and sponsors, SUP-X will be a fantastic event for anyone interested in startups, startup investing and emerging technologies," Fitts said. "And it’s priced to be accessible to startups who want to learn from and meet the best of the best, yet are bootstrapping their businesses.”

Read the entire article at the South Florida Business Journal [registration may be required]

Three Charleston Startups Reach Semi-Finals Of SUP-X Pitch Competition

Silicon Harbor Magazine reports that, "Three Charleston-based startups reached the semi-finals for a national pitch competition at SUP-X: The StartUp Expo, the premier annual conference that brings together startups and investors from across North America.

Chosen from hundreds of online applications and via tech accelerators, angel groups and venture funds from throughout the US and Canada, the companies will compete for $50K in prizes against fifty startups from twenty-eight North American Cities on February 16-17 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The event closes with a fast pitch competition of five finalists."

The Charleston startups selected as semi-finalists are: [click for more]