Meet the winning startups at AVCC and HackDay


By Nancy Dahlberg

Twenty-nine startup companies presented at the Americas Venture Capital Conference, competing for investors’ time and money. These companies were also awarded prizes after being chosen by a panel of judges: 

•  Tres Mares Innovation Prize ($10,000 cash and artist rendering valued at $5,000):Trapezoid Digital Security of Miami (pictured at left, with FIU Entrepreneur in Residence Boris Hirmas Said.)

Trapezoid provides hardware-based security solutions for enterprise and cloud environments. Robert Rounsavali, founder and CEO, said most of Trapezoid's 10-person team came from Terremark, and he began forming the company after Terremark was sold. Another Miami company, Digital Era Group, provided the company's seed round, he said.  "We're ready to go to market. We're ready to take down another funding round to accelerate our growth," Rounsavali said, explaining that the team has already been in talks with Intel Capital. 

•  CP Capital Later Stage Company ($15,000 in investment banking services): itMD of Miami.

itMD provides easy and convenient access to medical images with the itMD network. The platform digitally connects doctors, patients and imaging facilities to help save money and time, said Barbara Perez Deppman (pictured at left), president of the cloud-based medical software company. itMD, founded in 2010, now is a company of 10. Winning at AVCC "really means a lot to us and the patients we serve now and will in the future as we advance our mission to the general public," said Deppman, who added that the company is seeking to raise $5 million in funding.

•  CP Capital Early Stage Company ($10,000 in services): Cognicor of Spain.



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