Startup speed-dating event approaching

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.

Entrepreneurs with business ideas for innovative technologies, services or products can apply for the second annual Fast Pitch event through Friday.

The Gainesville Area Innovation Network's event is 5-7 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Hippodrome Basement Lounge. Selected startups compete in a speed-dating-style event in which “pitchers” pitch their ideas to prospective investors, mentors and service providers who offer advice.

The winner will receive three free months of office space and services at the Gainesville Technology Enterprise Center sponsored by the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Last year's winner was Maulik Shah, who pitched a business called Lumiwater but later connected with inventor Johnny Godowski to form Xobotix, which made this year's Cade Prize final four.

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