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FireSpring Fund was established to provide seed-stage capital to high-growth-potential, early-stage technology companies in Florida. In addition, FireSpring Fund provides an advanced Accelerator which provides education, mentorship, peer support, feedback and other learning opportunities to gain customers and market share and to ready companies for venture capital funding.

Places 

Central Florida has a growing number of coworking spaces, private and university-based maker labs, and plenty of gathering places for formal and informal meet-ups. Essentials for a healthy startup community.

FireSpring Fund is currently located in Orlando at Canvs and coming soon to Daytona at Micaplex (John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex) and to Melbourne at Groundswell. Contact us to find out how to expand to your community.  

 

 

 

Programs 

Accelerators, like Starter Studio, that help nurture new ideas—and new entrepreneurs—into real products and viable companies are key to a thriving startup eco-system.

FireSpring Fund is a second stage accelerator that provides seed funding and provides education, mentorship, peer support, feedback and other learning opportunities to gain customers and market share and to ready companies for venture capital funding.

 

 

 

Funding 

Central Florida’s startups face a severe funding gap that could lead to a stifling of innovation. Increasing access to capital for promising, early-stage companies is necessary for a strong and diversified economy.

FireSpring Fund provides $25,000  in seed funding when accepted to the Accelerator. In addition, they may receive up to another $200,000 based on achieving predetermined success metrics.

 

 

 

Withum Announces Continuing Commitment to Advancing Growth of Orlando’s Tech-Entrepreneur Ecosystem

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.