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 Also: 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.
Helen and Denise Chavez
Helen Chavez grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Tampa in 1960 with her husband George. They started a small business and shortly afterwards Helen made the decision to look for work to help with the household finances. Her father's experience in the restaurant industry inspired Helen to start her own catering business, which later led to a seat on the Tampa City Council from 1979 to 1987. Helen sat down with her oldest daughter Denise and discussed how she got started with catering and how those experiences led to her city council seat.