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The Research Coast Principium Foundation, while looking for companies throughout the four-county region of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee that were interested in showcasing their businesses through competition, succeeded in receiving almost 40 applicants from a myriad of different industries who submitted an application to participate.
While all companies were invited to participate, bonus points were given for companies that are operating in one of the qualified target industries which include Cleantech, life sciences, information technology, Aviation/aerospace, logistics and distribution, defense and homeland security, financial/professional services and manufacturing.
There is currently a progression of applicant eliminations taking place, with the ultimate goal to showcase the top five companies in front of the event's attending audience on March 21 at Indian River State College in the Richardson Center in Vero Beach.
These final applicants will make their verbal and visual presentations in a "Shark Tank" analysis of plans and ideas in front of a panel of experts.
The winner will receive a cash prize, the title of inaugural champion, as well as a package of free legal, accounting and mentoring advice.
The second place winner will also receive a cash prize, and all presenters will enjoy the ability to market and expose their company to the attending, interested audience.
Hosted by John Moore, attendees will receive a complimentary continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. prior to the start of the 8 a.m. program, which will conclude at noon. The opportunity to network with the experts, attending business mentors and members of the foundation, as well as the participating businesses, will be held at the conclusion of the event. Seating is limited; thus early registration is suggested.
Admission is complimentary.
The purpose of the foundation is to dedicate and promote the development of economic opportunity by facilitating interaction between professionals, investors, supporting organizations and the emerging business community of Florida's Research Coast.
Lawyers John Moore and Kevin Barry of Rossway Moore Swan Law Firm in Vero Beach, together with Russell Bjorkman, an international corporate attorney, and in cooperation with Indian River State College, formed the nonprofit, private sector foundation in 2012.
For more information, visit www.cctiirsc.com.