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10 High-Tech Companies to Compete for $100,000 Prize

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MELBOURNE, Fla. ( June 28, 2011) – Space Florida and the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) jointly announced today the 10 companies selected to present at the I2 (Igniting Innovation) Capital Acceleration Showcase scheduled for September 7, 2011 in Cape Canaveral. The companies were chosen from among a group of 62 Florida technology firms that applied last month for a chance to present their business case at the I2Showcase.
“These firms convey the strength and diversity Florida’s high-tech community,” said Space Florida President and CEO Frank DiBello. “The creative solutions these companies are deploying clearly demonstrate the significant potential that exists for Florida’s high-tech growth in the near term. We look forward to helping these businesses reach their goals.” Space Florida will award one of the presenting companies a cash prize of $100,000 at the conclusion of the Showcase event.

The I2 presenting companies include:

Health-Chem Diagnostics
ISO Group
Mainstream Engineering
Mustang Vacuum
JDC Phosphate
Prioria Robotics
Psoria Shield

In addition to the 10 companies presenting their business plans at the Showcase, 11 additional I2 program applicants were selected as event exhibitors. The invited exhibitors are:

Axius Aerospace
Bing Energy
Lumin Creative
Microbial Defense
Nova Rocketcraft
Signet Diagnostic
Structural Composites
Unikey Technologies

“After managing the Showcase selection process for Space Florida, TRDA is now ready to provide additional business guidance to help advance the financing and commercialization efforts of these companies,” said Chester J. Straub, TRDA Executive Director. “By September 7th these firms will be well prepared to engage the investment community and strategic partners.”

Space Florida and TRDA expect to attract more than 200 investors, business development executives and entrepreneurs to the Showcase event located at the Radisson at Port Canaveral. The day-long forum will highlight aviation, aerospace, biotech, life science, clean tech, defense, homeland security, IT and telecommunications businesses in the morning. The afternoon business plan session will feature presentations on the latest clean tech opportunities from 10 additional Florida companies.

For questions about the Showcase email Chester Straub, TRDA Executive Director at [email protected] , or Dave Kershaw, TRDA Deputy Director at [email protected] , or call 321-872-1050. For additional information about the I2 Capital Acceleration Showcase, visit the website at

About Space Florida
Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive — and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed.

About TRDA
Launched in 1987, the TRDA is a technology-based economic development organization with a focus on the incubation of new businesses, the acceleration of the growth of existing firms, and the commercialization of innovative technologies. For more information, visit

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