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Time Activity
8:00 AM First Keynote: “Revolutionary Hypersonic Propulsion” by Kareem Ahmed, Ph.D., Professor, University of Central Florida
9:00 AM UCF’s Hidden Gems of Technology: Student Experience (Panel Discussion)
9:55 AM Break (15 minutes)
10:10 AM UCF’s Hidden Gems of Technology: Researcher-Alumni Experience (Five 10-minute Presentations + Q&A)
11:20 AM Deep Tech Investing: Investor Experience (Panel Discussion)
12:15 PM Break (15 minutes)
12:30 PM Second Keynote: “Bringing Startup Innovation to Space with Orbital Reef” by Hyder Alabed, Head of Reef Starter, Blue Origin
1:00 PM Featured Presentation: ” Digital Twins: Challenges and Opportunities”
1:55 PM Break (15 minutes)
2:10 – 3:10 PM Two Parallel Tracks (A&B) to Inform and Inspire:  Each Virtual Breakout Room Offers Two 30-minute Sessions
Track A
  • 2:10 – 2:40 PM, Accelerating Research Translation (Moderator: Ivan Garibay)
  • 2:40 – 3:10 PM, Innovations in environmentally friendly technologies that drive sustainability (Moderator: Rob Panepinto)
Track B
  • 2:10 – 2:40 PM, Navigating the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster Panel (Moderator: Phil Dumas)
  • 2:40 – 3:10 PM, Women in Defense (Moderator: Angela Alban)
3:10 PM Break (5 minutes)
3:15 – 4:15 PM Two Parallel Tracks (A&B) to Inform and Inspire: Each Virtual Breakout Room Offers Two 25-minute Sessions
Track A
  • 3:15 – 3:45 PM, GEM Consortium’s Partnerships for Innovation(Moderator: Tim Thompson)
  • 3:45 – 4:15 PM, Expansions in Florida’s Venture Capital Programs (Ben Patz)
Track B
  • 3:15 – 4:15 PM, Mentorship and More (Moderator: Shari Constantini)
4:15 PM Break (15 minutes)
4:30 – 5:30 PM Track C (Student Competition Session; Startup Pitches)
5:30 PM Break (30 minutes)
6:00 PM Announcement of the $10,000 Grand Prize WINNER


Register now for the third annual UCF Technology Ventures Symposium (UTVS) to be held virtually on Monday, October 16, 2023. The one-day virtual conference will showcase little-known, big-potential technology startups created by UCF students, faculty and alumni for potential investment. Designed to uncover UCF’s hidden gems of high-tech opportunity, participants can connect with innovative UCF student startups, faculty researchers, established entrepreneurs, venture investors and anyone else who wants to be a part of the “next big thing” in Orlando.

The symposium’s specialty tracks are designed to help entrepreneurs and investors expand their networks, improve startup pitches, uncover sources of capital, spark discoveries of new, licensable technologies and influence the commercial potential of new ideas.

We welcome UCF alumni, faculty, and students, interested industry and government stakeholders, entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders to attend. Register cost-free by filling out the registration form below. When you register, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link and dial-in information.

Monday, October 16, 2023
8 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.

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