Seedfunders, Embarc offer how-to’s for startups

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One of the positives that has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic is the plethora of free or low-cost webinars that businesses and organizations are providing online, in order to stay in touch with their clients and customers when they can’t gather in person.
Seedfunders, a St. Petersburg-based early-stage investing firm, and Embarc Collective, a Tampa nonprofit focused on the startup community, hosted two virtual events this week that offered checklists of how-to’s for entrepreneurs and young companies.
The knowledge is needed, as Florida grows its capital and operational support for startups, said Ruth Ross, a Seedfunders partner.

Ruth Ross

“Florida is now the sixth-biggest state in terms of dollars committed,” Ross said, citing information from Pitchbook. In 2019, $3.31 billion was committed to 265 deals in Florida. “Florida is really coming up quickly in terms of the number of deals and how important Florida is as a place to grow.”
Seedfunders focused on its Seedfunders Opportunity Fund, which invests in “friends and family” stage technology businesses founded by Black entrepreneurs in Florida, while Embarc hosted a Southeast CEO summit, aimed at supporting startup members in the Series A and Series B stages.
Here are some highlights from each program.
‘Black entrepreneurs …

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