This week, we take a journey through Florida’s relationship with innovation, from past well-known inventions all the way to cutting-edge research and developments going on today. Host Irene Maher introduces us to Peter Lefferson, an inventor who embodies the saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention”.
We travel to Florida’s High-Tech Corridor to discover what makes Florida such a prime location to do research, and contributing reporter Larry Elliston heads to a well-known area hospital that soon may find a cure for cancer
People and companies are always coming up with new ideas and new innovations. But when you have a great idea and no money to build your business or market that idea, where do you turn? This week, Florida Matters takes a look at venture capital - meet some of the people offering that money.
Listen to Drew Graham elaborate on the types of companies he looks to invest in — those with existing revenues but with potential for significant growth. (1:20)
Listen to Robin Kovaleski and Steve Lux explain how the federal government can play a role in supporting startup businesses. (1:34)
Listen to Graham and Kovaleski talk about former Gov. Jeb Bush's efforts to attract high-tech research firms like Scripps and Burnham. (1:34)
Listen to Joe Loughry explain how his company, Persystent Technologies, decided to pursue venture capital. (0:51)
Listen to Joe Loughry talk about the different ways a venture capitalist can get their money back out of a company they have invested in. (0:47)
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