The Synapse Innovation Summit Tampa, to be held March 28th and 29th at Amalie Arena, will gather technology and business leaders from across the state of Florida and around the world for two days of learning and celebrating innovation and technology.

Almost 30 speakers will share their thoughts on Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and new innovative technology, with more still being announced. These include Tampa Bay Lightning owner and Water Street Tampa developer Jeff Vinik, Innovation Hub CEO Lakshmi Shenoy, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition James "Hondo" Geurts, and IBM CIO Bernard Meyerson, part of the team that created Watson.

"You're going to get to know a lot of people. You're going to see how this ecosystem really interacts," said Marc Blumenthal, founding partner of Synapse Tampa and former CEO of Florida Funders. "You're going to be enlightened, you're going to be inspired, and then we'll be able to follow the energy of this event, and move it into the platform, and spread the good news, and really make sure great people are getting great jobs building great companies, and engaging in a meaningful way." 

"And Tampa Bay and the State of Florida will become the best place to build a company."

In addition to the main lower bowl of Amalie being used for keynote speakers such as these, the concourse and club level of the arena will be filled with what are described as "thematic pavilions" around certain industries such as defense technology, blockchain, robotics, financial technology (fin tech) and many more. At each Synapse Innovation Summit pavilion attendees will be able to attend breakout sessions, hear from speakers on the topic, and see demonstrations related to that specific industry.

Synapse is named for the part of the human nervous system that allows neurons to interact with each other. With more than 100 companies exhibiting new technologies, connecting those companies with business and capital is a major goal of this event, as is continuing to grow the infrastructure of startup culture throughout Florida. 

Innovation hubs will focus on key sectors such as internet of things (IOT), cryptocurrency, wearables, robotics, augmented reality, digital health, and many more.

"This event is like a physical manifestation of what really happens (in business), it just happens slowly. So it's gonna happen rapidly, it's going to happen in an energized way," said Blumenthal. 

Early bird tickets for both days of the event, which include food and refreshments from social enterprise startup Inside the Box Cafe from Metropolitan Ministries, are available now for $199. There is also a special rate of $49 available for current students as well as members of the military.

More speakers and topics groups will be announced, but this will be the largest conference for technology or startup businesses in the State of Florida. The Synapse Tampa Innovation Summit encourages companies of all sizes and at all stages to participate, learn, grow, and meet potential new partners.

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