December 2014: TAMPA, Fla. – Business leaders, entrepreneurial support organizations, community dignitaries, and local media outlets gathered to support local entrepreneurs at the USF CONNECT 2nd annual “Building Entrepreneurship Around Tampa” (B.E.A.T.) event on Nov, 18, 2014 at the University of South Florida.
Michael Muthig, owner of company STEM Genesis, won this year’s First Annual Pitch Competition. The Pitch Competition featured eight local incubator companies presenting their business ventures to potential angel investors. As this year’s winner, Muthig received complimentary admission to the 2015 Florida Venture Forum’s 8th Annual Early Stage Conference.
"We were pleased to be given the opportunity to present and honored to be chosen as the winner,” said Muthig. “Exposure from this event has already resulted in leads to investment capital and we hope to close an initial round of seed funding based on the new contacts we were able to make.”
The B.E.A.T. event featured entrepreneurial talent from the Tampa Bay Technology Incubator, Student Innovation Incubator, First WaVE and Pasco SMARTstart entrepreneurs. The event provided a collaborative environment where Tampa’s small businesses exhibited, demonstrated and explained their products and services to members of the community.