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The GCVCA - The Gold Coast Venture Capital Association

Founded in 1984, the GCVCA's mission is to provide a forum to share information that is pertinent to and develop relationships among entrepreneurs, investors and service providers in Florida's Gold Coast, roughly defined as Palm Beach to Miami.  

GCVCA programming varies from meeting to meeting and includes speakers of regional or national renown, panels on topics of interest to the regional entrepreneurial community,  and "pitch meetings" where local start-ups and earlystage entrepreneurs present their business plans and potential investment opportunities to GCVCA members and guests.  The GCVCA also hosts an annual Expo, showcasing start-ups from around the State of Florida and beyond, and Meet the Angels, a gathering of investors and investment organizations from throughout the state.  Both the Expo and Meet the Angels attract over 500 people annually.  

GCVCA meetings are typically held the last Wednesday of each month, except there is no meeting in November and we meet the first Wednesday of December, both of which are done to accommodate the holidays. While GCVCA meetings are typically held at the Embassy Suites in Boca Raton, conveniently located in the heart of the Gold Coast, we host events in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties as well.  Please check the calendar for upcoming meeting times, locations, and formats.  

Events: "Meet the Angels"


GCVCA September Meeting
Wednesday, September 30th
Embassy Suites, Boca Raton
661 Northwest 53rd St., Boca Raton, FL 33487

A gathering of major angel groups and fromfunds throughout the statethat specialize in seed to series A investing. This is an excellent opportunity for area entrepreneurs to learn which area angel groups and funds are the right ones for them to pursue for funding.The panelists will provide information about their investment parameters, their process, typical funding size, and contact information.The panels will also discuss pertinent issues related to raising capital and investing that entrepreneurs and investors alike can learn from.

Confirmed panelists thus far:

Jack Karabees,Miami Innovation Fund
Dave Chitester,Florida Funders
Mike O'Donnell,Grupo Arcano
Tim Cartwright,Tamiami Angel Funds
Jay Holmes,Caerus Ventures
Kilburn Sherman,SJO Worldwide
Rhys Williams,New World Angels
Mitchel Laskey,The FAN Fund


5:30-6:30 pm - Networking Reception, GCVCA Members and VIP Pass Holders only
6:30-8:30 pm - Panelsand Q&A

Ticket Information

VIP Pass (Networking Reception + Panels - Limit 200)- $50/$25 GCVCA Members
General Admission (Panels Only, includes food) - $35
Students (Panels Only, includes food, valid student ID @ door) - $15


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Announcments from GCVCA:


The GCVCA is excited to announce SUP-X™: The StartUp Expo to be held at The Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward County Convention CenterFebruary 16-17, 2016.SUP-X™(pronounced "Soup-X") seeks to become the premier annual conference that brings together startup and early stage entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and related service providers from throughout the Eastern United States. Previously known as the GCVCA's Expo, the event is being rebranded and expanded to now target a national audience.

SUP-X™is focused on providing outstanding educational content, networking and capital formation opportunities for the nation's entrepreneurial community.We expect 1500-2000 attendees for SUP-X™2016. The conference will feature intensive workshops for entrepreneurs on topics that are vital to helping them succeed in proving, scaling and financing their businesses along with a well-funded business plan competition and exhibition opportunities to showcase themselves to investors from throughout the country. The conference will also offer investors unique and exclusive opportunities to meet other investors from throughout the country to develop deal flow and partnership opportunities while providing them with a showcase of well curated startups from around the US to consider for investment.With well over 1000 entrepreneurs and investors in attendance,SUP-X™will provide excellent networking and opportunities for relationship service providers interested in these communities.

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