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  • Monday, June 27, 2016 10:49 AM | Anonymous

    Florida SBDC To Host Annual Access To Capital Fair

    Thursday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn, Fort Myers Airport, 9931 Interstate Commerce Dr. 

    The event is free and a light breakfast will be provided. Registration is requested due to limited space. Register HERE

    This year’s fair will bring business owners face-to-face with traditional and non-traditional lenders, including a speakers’ panel discussion on SBA loans, non-traditional financing, and crowdfunding. Panelists include: Skip Soper of Small Business Lending; Pam Tedesco of Access Florida Finance; Miguel Gonzales; with the Small Business Administration; Dieter Kondek, CEO of RocketLounge; Steve St. Clair with Florida Capital Bank; and Krishan Arora, founder of The Arora Project.

    Arora will be hosting a special session on “How to Launch a $1,000,000 Crowdfunding Campaign: Acquiring Non-Dilutive Capital to Grow Your Idea.”  He has raised more than $3 Million on Kickstarter and Indiegogo for several businesses. Having been the lead strategist of many large crowdfunding projects, Arora has created a detailed curriculum on how to be successful in the crowdfunding world and is currently developing a crowdfunding accelerator program.   

    Participating bank sponsors include:  Accion; Access Florida Finance; BankUnited; BB&T;  Busey Bank; C1 Bank; First Florida Integrity Bank; Fifth Third Bank; Florida Capital Bank; Florida Community Bank;  IDS Corp.; One Source Business Capital; Small Business Lending; Marquette Commercial Finance; United Capital Funding and Wells Fargo Bank. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Find out more about sponsorships and event registration at www.fsbdcswfl.org.

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    The Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) announces the award finalists for its Eighth Annual Awards Dinner.

    Finalists for the Transformation Award, for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge are: Amerispec SWFL, 21st Century Oncology and Salus Care Florida.

    Finalists for the Innovention Award, given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution, are: Get Efficient, HyperTeam and REfindly. 

    Finalists for the Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership are: Tracey Lanham with Hodges University; Brandie Duncan with Get Efficient; and Wendi Fowler with The Client Server. 

    Finalists for the Partnership Award, which recognizes someone who has truly forwarded the mission of the organization are: Dr. Al Ball, Hodges University; William McDonough, McDonough Law Firm; and Jose Ruggero, Gartner.

    The Awards Gala is Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Crowne Plaza, Bell Tower 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33907. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for networking. Tickets may be purchased online at swfrtp.org.  Sponsored by Adecco, Chico’s FAS, 21st Century Oncology, CenturyLink and Landesk.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    "High Performance Teams" will be held at FGCU in Holmes Hall 406 and 433 at 6-8pm on September 2nd Wednesday. 

    Rick Regueira, an agile coach will be speaking at the workshop. This event is sponsored by Fischer International. Any SWFRTP members are welcome to join.  

    For more detail, please take a look at


  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 4:57 PM | Anonymous

    In conjunction with the National Civic Day of Hacking, the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (RTP) hosted its second annual Hackathon, beginning Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7. 

    The goal of National Day of Civic Hacking is for residents, community groups, and government to collaborate to make their communities stronger. Specifically, the southwest Florida event offered teams to select from two themes - Blue Zones Project and Safe Firefighting.

    All the teams produced viable solutions, but in the end Team Breakroom was triumphant.  They created a Fire Response Environmental Detection System that is an all in one inclusive data collection device in The FireCloud (which assures a standard interface layer that unifies multi device communications to a standard code).  

    Team Penta Sensation from Dunbar High School focused on Safe Firefighting creating the PentaSensor housed in a ball-shaped casing that would be thrown into a fire that sensed and transmitted information to a central database regarding the environment the firefighters were entering.  Team Arduino Fighters wanted to help firefighters with their safety by creating a small, portable sensor that is placed in the helmet of the fighter and then transmits data to a central database. 

    The team from Fort Myers Technical College (FMTC) focused on both themes.  FMTC Fire created LiveSense, a firefighting data collection platform that utilizes the IBM/Watson Analytics Platform to help analyze the forensic data to determine best course of action in a fire and can be utilized on a macroscopic scale.  For FMTC Health they created an app called LL Ally (Long Life Ally) which keeps participants honest with their health assessment tracking.  

    The Blue Men Tech Tag Team earned honorable mention for creating an app called the Longer Life Challenge Game based on three elements; 1. Education 2. Action 3. Community. This app takes the 9 principals of the Blue Zone and gamifies the elements so people can play individually or engage socially on various levels that people find inspirational and fun.  

    The RTP Hackathon was supported by several organizations including sponsors LANDESK, Zuora, Chico's FAS, IBM, Kuniter, Hodges University, IAFF Local 1826 and the Lee County Economic Development Office.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015 5:07 PM | Anonymous

    The SWFRTP Board had great representation at our partners', the FGCU SBDC Distinguished Entrepreneur Award Dinner, May 19th at the Coconut Hyatt in Estero, FL.  SWFRTP values the work the SBDC does in our community to develop companies and coach entrepreneurs to grow in the region.  The winner this evening was Gary Mart of Global Tech LED, LLC.  Gary started Global Tech in 2008 in Naples, FL.  His idea was to create a LED light that fit multiple light fixtures, a concept called retrofitting.  With wattage levels at 60-1000 watts, the lighting is well suited for industrial uses like parking lots, roadways and warehouses.  Well done Gary!!

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015 11:11 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to announce the awards winners from our Seventh Annual Awards Dinner, sponsored by Adecco, Chico’s FAS and Zuora, CenturyLink and 21st Century Oncology on March 25th. This year at Southwest Florida’s longest running, “Excellence in Technology” event there was record breaking attendance to congratulate the finalists and hear David Trimm, former CIO at The Hertz Corporation, speak to “The Five Technology Trends You Can’t Ignore.” Thank you everyone for supporting the continued growth of our organization as we celebrate technology in the SWFL region.

    Winner of the inaugural Women in Technology Award to recognize contributions made by women in technology through professional expertise and leadership is Denise Spence with Dunbar High School. Spence runs the information technology program and teaches there, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at FGCU. Other finalists were Jodi Harrison with Interactyx and Tracey Lanham with Hodges University.

    For the Transformation Award, for a business that has achieved success through implementation of IT to overcome a challenge, the winner is Ted Todd Insurance for the work they did developing customized applications for automated quote responses. Other finalists were the Canterbury School and DeAngelis Diamond Construction.

    The Innovention Award is given to a company that has invented or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution and MassiveU has created a whole new way for teachers and students to interact, learn and develop online. Arthrex and SkyLink Data Centers were the other finalists.

    Another new element to the dinner was a $500 scholarship given to freshman Christian Irving for higher education. Christian won the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Inventor’s Fair for his device that is built into the sole of a shoe to charge mobile devices.

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 10:08 PM | Anonymous

    Join Florida's SBDC for the fourth annual Distinguished Entrepreneur Awards and Dinner presentation to recognize and celebrate the spirit and the success of entrepreneurs throughout SW Florida!

    Guest Speaker will be Michael Wynn. Michael is a native of Naples, FL and Chairman of the Wynn Family Board of Directors and President of the chain of Sunshine Ace Hardware stores. He has spent his career working to honor the tradition of community involvement and customer service his family began back in 1938 when they first arrived in Naples. Michael is a committed volunteer in the business and civic community of Southwest Florida. He is the Immediate Past-Chair of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce, Co-Founder of the Partnership for Collier’s Future Economy; served as a Trustee for the YMCA of the Palms; was recognized in 2009 as one of Gulfshore Business’ Forty under Forty; received the 2010 Chamber Volunteer of the Year Award, and was also the 2010 YMCA Volunteer of the Year. The culture of innovation and values that Michael has fostered at Sunshine has been recognized locally and nationally. He was a 2014 state finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award; received the National Retail Hardware Association’s Top Gun award in 2014; and is a recipient of the Uncommon Friends Award for Business Ethics. He is a member of the SWFL Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, a proud member of Vistage, a 2008 graduate of Leadership Collier and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Florida. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Florida and an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University. Michael and his wife Paula have two daughters, Sydney and Olivia.

    Time/Duration: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – 3 Hour(s)

    Location: Hyatt Regency at Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd, Bonita Springs FL 34134


  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 4:01 PM | Anonymous

    2009 Harvey Software
    2010 4what Interactive
    2011 Arthrex ( for SOS web-based solution)
    2012 Interactyx
    2013 dESCO

    2009 City of Cape Coral
    2010 Dunbar High Academy for Technology Excellence
    2011 WCI???
    2012 Lee Memorial Health System
    2013 Polygon Solutions

  • Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    Nominations are now open for the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership Seventh Annual Awards Dinner.  The deadline for nominations is 5:00pm, Friday, January 9, 2015.  Nominations – including self-nominations – can be submitted by individuals, organizations and companies to info@swfrtp.org

    The awards are for Innovention, Transformation and Women in Technology:

    The Innovention Award. Awarded to a Southwest Florida organization that has invented, improved or demonstrated an innovative and creative technology solution or product that created business worth by saving money, improving efficiency, reworking a business process or generated a completely new way of doing business.

    The Transformation Award. Awarded to a Southwest Florida organization that has achieved success through the application or implementation of an existing technology in an innovative manner to overcome a business challenge.

                Woman in Technology Award. Recognizes the success and contributions of a woman to the technology industry of Southwest Florida through professional expertise and leadership.  The recipient will exemplify the commitment of the partnership to a vibrant community of technology professionals and opportunity for all.

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