By offering highly vetted investment opportunities for accredited investors, Florida Funders effectively bridges the gap between friends and family financing and venture capital for entrepreneurs. As the only angel investment platform with a regional focus, Florida Funders’ goal is to keep promising start ups right here in Florida. Established in March, 2014, Florida Funders has since made five investments in local early stage companies including Savvy Card, Lumastream and Health Hero.
“There’s strong momentum across the state of Florida right now with a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem, including accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces, all focused on supporting startups. A crucial component has been missing, however, namely funding” noted David Chitester, President of Florida Funders “Florida Funders solves the problem through a state-wide platform which facilitates investment transactions between accredited investors and promising early companies, entirely online.”
Florida Funders aims to be the leading online investment firm in Florida by providing capital to entrepreneurial companies to help them prosper and stay in the state, while offering investment opportunities for accredited investors to reduce risk and maximize return.
“As someone who has been in ‘startup mode’ a few times in my career, I’m excited we had the opportunity to collaborate with Dave and his team to help drive the entrepreneur industry in the state of Florida,” mentioned Jody Haneke. “There are a lot of talented people here with more on the way, and what brings them here is opportunity. Local investors are willing to make those opportunities happen, and now there’s a web-based platform for them to find each other.”
Through a mobile-friendly, secure website, Florida Funders connects early stage companies looking for funding with a group of accredited angel investors. Accredited investors can join Florida Funders for free to browse offerings, but there is no obligation to invest. Members can then search and view the offerings from these highly curated companies. Once there is enough interest in funding a company, Florida Funder facilitates the investment, creating a Special Purpose Investment Vehicle, which makes the investment.
You can learn more about Florida Funders by visiting floridafunders.com.