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Meet the Top 16 Startups at the 6th Annual GAIN-Sharp Spring Investor Pitch Shoot Out


Only One Finalist Will be Named “TopGun” of The Year

Selecting finalists to compete in the sixth annual GAIN Investor Business Pitch ShootOut on October 24th was tough. Entrepreneurs from around Florida submitted their early stage companies, many with potentially game-changing products and services – all inspired to make a difference for the markets they serve.

“Each of the startups that entered the first phase of the ShootOut has dreams of building a top growth company and need a little help to get there”, said Lee May, Executive Director of GAIN, and added, “for at least sixteen of these startups dreams come true.”

The companies chosen as the finalists are Aavet Therapeutics, Antibiotic Adjuvant, Composite FX, H2 Global, International Credential and Transcript Repository, LiteSwap, Medosome Biotec, MYOLYN, Parcel22, PuppyLove, ReViable Surgical, Smart Block, TSOLife, IVy Creative Labs, and Dycap. One more spot has been reserved for the winner of Startup Weekend, held in Gainesville from October 21- 23, 2016.

Attendees of the ShootOut and TopGun Pitch competition will benefit from expanded programming and networking opportunities, as well as the chance to meet the newest startups. Included along with the presentation by each of the sixteen finalist is the Hutchison cocktail reception and COX awards banquet. A limited number of tickets are available.

The event will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 4:45 PM to 9:00 PM at the Harn Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Florida. The sponsors for the ShootOut and TopGun Pitch competition are SharpSpring, Hutchison PLLC, AGTC, Optym, CareerSource North Central Florida, ExpoSource, James Moore, UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Santa Fe College CIED, Tipples, and the City of Gainesville.

Join industry leaders, executives, innovators, founders, and investors and watch the top startups in action on October 24th. The sixth annual GAIN Investor Business Pitch ShootOut is part of Gainesville Entrepreneur Month (GEM) celebrating the innovation economy of North Central Florida.

About the ShootOut

The annual GAIN Investor Business Pitch ShootOut competition, which takes place at the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida Cultural Plaza, gives 16 companies the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of investors, legal experts, and successful entrepreneurs, allowing them to immediately begin raising capital and achieve recognition from the top professionals in their industry. Plus, the winner will receive over $15,000 in cash and prizes, including a one-year subscription platform from SharpSpring valued up to $9,000 and up to 50,000 email contacts, legal fees from Hutchison PLLC, accounting fees from James Moore, $1,000.00 in tradeshow marketing products from ExpoSource and of course the coveted Stetson!!

The GAIN ShootOut began five years ago and has quickly been recognized as one of the most outstanding opportunities in Florida for companies to gain exposure to the investment community. Past “TopGun” winners have raised over $5 Million in funding and include; eTect, Feathr and Paracosm.


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