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As Florida Funders angel investor Al LaLonde describes it, “I couldn’t have grown up further from the ocean.” LaLonde is originally from a small town in the middle of rural Manitoba, Canada – which he describes as a very cold, but great place to grow up.  He moved to Florida twenty-two years ago for a...
When 2ULaundry received their Series A funding to expand their business at the end of 2019, they had no idea what challenges the following year would bring. This Florida Funders Fund 1 portfolio company was co-founded by Alex Smereczniak and Dan D’Aquisto in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2015. Through Fund 1 and the Angel Network,...
Florida-based entrepreneur Joey Levy adheres to the philosophy that providing an optimal customer experience is paramount to any company’s success. Levy has used this belief as the foundation for a company that many maintain will revolutionize the sports betting industry. Sports Betting Industry Overview Sports betting has always been a multi-million-dollar industry. As the activity...
Carolyn Groobey and her husband Chris landed in Miami, Florida during the height of Covid in 2021. One of the first things on Carolyn’s list was to connect into and learn more about the tech scene there. On a Zoom coffee meet-up, she was introduced to Maria Derchi-Russo, VP of Platform and Community for Florida...
Lakshmi Shenoy’s road to success in building thriving tech communities began by learning and applying principles taught by her parents. Today, she continues to incorporate such lessons and has established a unique and highly successful Tampa Bay-based innovation hub geared towards helping tech startups launch and remain viable. A Parent’s Influence Shenoy grew up in...

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