Yesterday was the first day of a Florida-focused conference titled “Synapse Converge: Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Edition.”
The two-track event – one providing a toolkit for start-ups and the other described as a leadership track for entrepreneurs – had the feel of Launch Tennessee’s recent “36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival,” right down to the online access to the virtual sessions.
So, you are probably asking, “Why was he interested in a conference spotlighting the best of the Sunshine State’s entrepreneurs, educators, entrepreneurial support organizations (ESOs), and community leaders?”
Well, we had noted that Lunchpool was being used as the vehicle for a noontime connection and networking session each day. Called the “Lunchtime Power Hour,” the 60-minute session provides a networking opportunity for entrepreneurs and the leaders of the ESOs spotlighted that day to meet.
Alex Abell (pictured in this screenshot from yesterday), the now Knoxville resident who co-founded Lunchpool while in the Tampa Bay area, was front and center yesterday. He told one attendee as the session was getting started that the company will have delivered 300 events in 2020 by the end of November.
Abell will also be spotlighted on Thursday in a 15-minute session ahead of the fourth and final “Lunchtime Power Hour.” His topic is “Funding Growth: An Entrepreneur’s Perspective.”
With the goal of building a flourishing innovation hub in Florida, Synapse Florida is based on what it describes as its three pillars – giving the community the opportunity to connect, solve problems and come together. Key programs are:
- Synapse Connect which is a unique platform that connects entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, service providers, governments and others;
- Synapse Challenges which allow innovators to test their ingenuity through our and translate their ideas into real-world solutions through somewhat of a crowdsourcing model; and
- The organization’s signature Synapse Events that bring the community together to have meaningful dialogues, brainstorm, be inspired, and learn from our speakers and panelists.