Orlando, FL, March 27, 2017 – WithumSmith+Brown, PC (Withum) has announced its continued commitment to advancing the growth of Orlando’s tech-entrepreneur ecosystem by partnering with Canvs, Starter Studio, FireSpring Fund and the Orlando Tech Association (OTA) over the course of the next two years. The audit, tax and advisory firm is a Visionary Sponsor committed to mentoring early-stage tech companies in building their businesses throughout the state’s central region.
Ranked among the nation’s top-30 accounting firms, Withum maintains a dedicated Technology Services Group offering traditional and customized advisory services for the technology industry. The firm’s technology specialists, many of whom are widely acknowledged industry thought leaders, serve a broad client base ranging from accelerators and boot-strapped startups to household names in the tech marketplace.
“Withum has signed on at the highest level of sponsorship in order to support this highly critical, yet severely underfunded business segment where some of the greatest ideas of a generation are born,” said Withum’s Jim Bourke, Practice Leader of the firm’s Technology Services Group. “Our goal is to encourage and advance the truly innovative concepts being explored by early-stage tech companies with roots in Central Florida through advocacy, inspiration and mentorship.”
Withum is collaborating with Canvs, a nonprofit coworking space for tech startups in downtown Orlando; Starter Studio, which provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources; FireSpring Fund, a seed-stage capital provider and advanced tech accelerator; and Orlando Tech Association, the leading voice and conduit for Orlando’s tech community. These organizations provide resources and links to key constituents necessary to move the tech ecosystem forward in Central Florida.
"Withum is truly a visionary organization and we are delighted to partner with them in growing innovation in the Central Florida region," says Donna Mackenzie, spokesperson for the four organizations that directly benefit from Withum's support.
In addition to financial resources, Withum’s technology specialists are committing their time to lunch and learn programs, guest speaking at demo days for Starter Studio and FireSpring Fund, and hosting meetups with OTA at Canvs.