Venture-backed platform eMerge Americas closes investment round led by Florida Funders
eMerge Americas, a venture-backed platform focused on transforming Miami into the tech hub of the Americas, announced the closing of an investment round led by Florida Funders, a hybrid of a venture capital fund and an angel investor network recognized as the top VC in the Southeast region by Pitchbook.
Marking the close, Marc Blumenthal, General Partner at Florida Funders will assume a board seat. The City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has also been appointed to the board of directors, effective immediately. eMerge Americas and Florida Funders will capitalize on this partnership by hosting La Casa, an exclusive in-person event gathering investors and startup founders in Miami on November 30th and December 1st, 2021, coinciding with the commencement of Art Basel.
The partnership brings together two of the largest brands serving the venture capital, tech, and innovation ecosystem throughout the state of Florida. The resulting transaction will further amplify eMerge Americas' year-round platform with content, events, pitch competitions and a match-making agenda for investors and entrepreneurs with expanded programming and engagement across the state of Florida, in addition to an office in Miami.
As an official member of the Board of Directors, Mayor Francis Suarez will support eMerge Americas' mission to build a thriving tech hub and ecosystem in South Florida as businesses, entrepreneurs, and investment talent migrate to Miami. Mayor Suarez will also help to strengthen the growth and long-term strategy of eMerge Americas.
Florida Funders' partners investing in this round include Rachael Sapoznick, Board Member at Florida Funders and founder of Sapoznik Insurance, and Steve MacDonald, Partner, Board Member, and Investment Committee member at Florida Funders and founder of MacDonald Ventures.