Withum Partners with Early-Stage Tech Companies in Central Florida

Princeton, N.J.-based WithumSmith+Brown (Withum) (FY16 net revenue of $147.1 million) has announced its continued commitment to advancing the growth of entrepreneurship in Orlando, Fla., by partnering with Canvs, Starter Studio, FireSpring Fund and the Orlando Tech Association (OTA) over the next two years.

The firm is a “visionary sponsor” committed to mentoring early-stage tech companies in building their businesses throughout the state’s central region.

Ranked No. 27 on the 2016 IPA 100 list, Withum maintains a dedicated technology services group offering traditional and customized advisory services for the technology industry. The specialists serve a broad client base ranging from startups to household names in the tech marketplace.

“Withum has signed on at the highest level of sponsorship in order to support this highly critical, yet severely underfunded business segment, where some of the greatest ideas of a generation are born,” says Withum’s Jim Bourke, practice leader of the firm’s technology services group. “Our goal is to encourage and advance the truly innovative concepts being explored by early-stage tech companies with roots in Central Florida through advocacy, inspiration and mentorship.”

Withum is collaborating with Canvs, a non-profit co-working space for tech startups in downtown Orlando; Starter Studio, which provides education, mentorship, legal and financial resources; FireSpring Fund, a seed-stage capital provider and advanced tech accelerator; and Orlando Tech Association, the leading voice and conduit for Orlando’s tech community. These organizations provide resources and links to key constituents necessary to move the tech ecosystem forward in Central Florida.

“Withum is truly a visionary organization and we are delighted to partner with them in growing innovation in the central Florida region,” says Donna Mackenzie, spokesperson for the four organizations that benefit from Withum’s support. In addition to financial resources, Withum’s technology specialists are offering lunch and learn programs, guest speaking at demo days for Starter Studio and FireSpring Fund, and hosting meetups with OTA at Canvs.