A panel of outstanding investors includes; entrepreneur, investor and T2 Angel Fund Member John Lilly; Erik Sander, director at University of Florida Engineering Innovation Institute; and Joy Randels, serial entrepreneur, investor and president of Startup Grind Tampa.
Erik began his career as a Project Manager and Senior Engineer analyzing advanced fighter aircraft engines and the Space Shuttle Main Engine for NASA, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, and Pratt & Whitney.
e was also a Technology Transfer Officer for Lockheed Martin
and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Starting in 1995, Erik joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Engineer as Director of the University Center, Associate Director for the Engineering Research Center and the Florida Energy Systems Consortium, and Director of Industry Programs - all directed at fostering industrial collaboration, entrepreneurship, and technology commercialization across a $70M research base.
He also managed the UF-High Tech Corridor research fund, providing investments in high tech company R&D collaborations.
rik was a Principal for Cenetec Ventures
, a private technology incubator and early stage venture fund and, along the way, he
grew several start-up companies in areas ranging from real estate development to technology deployment.
Erik co-founded and served as President of V2R Group, a premier university technology commercialization company that provides funding and executive level services to growing companies in markets from information technologies to medical devices.
In 2011, Erik was named the founding Director of the University of Florida Engineering Innovation Institute and in 2015 Erik was named Founding Executive Director of the FLorida Engineering eXperiement Station (FLEXStation) at the University of Florida.