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Innovate Downtown

April 27, 2018 • 5 - 9 p.m.

Winners are invited to return during
Saturday's Unplugged event
April 28 • 6 - 10 p.m.

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Mike ODonnell - Innovate Key Speaker

Keynote speaker: Michael O’Donnell

Entrepreneur and early-stage company director, mentor, advisor, and investor with expertise in starting and building technology companies backed by angel investors and venture capital. Mike has raised more than $50M in venture financing. He acquired companies as a CEO. He has sold several of his own companies and is affiliated with VR, the business brokerage and M&A advisory firm that has sold more businesses in the world than anyone.

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"Innovate Downtown" event will take place Friday, April 27th, 5 - 9 p.m. at the Grand Lawn next to Coral Springs City Hall (9500 W. Sample Rd. Coral Springs 33065).

The event will include music, food trucks, beer and wine and offer creators the opportunity to reach a new audience to share their ideas. All featured creators will be invited back on Saturday, April 28th, 6 - 10 p.m for the “Unplugged” event, as the two winners, one selected by a panel of distinguished judges and the other by event attendees as the “crowd favorite”, are announced in front of a crowd of 2,500+ attendees.

All the participants will benefit from exposure to potential investors during the event. In addition, the City and CRA will offer marketing opportunities for the two winners, such as print, web and/or social media exposure. In addition to exposure and marketing assistance, each winner will receive $2,500.

 The list of the 12 selected creators (in no specific order).

Name: Shakeia Kegler
Company: GovLia

Description: Business to government marketplace designed to simplify and revolutionize the government contracting process for small businesses.

Name: Crystal Dombrosky
Company: Crystal Dombrosky Artwork

Description: A series of Hand Embellished Fluid Paintings to heighten your senses, create a mood, and elevate your subconscious combining vibrant color, movement and bringing two very different styles of work together abstract and realism to create one cohesive body of work. 

Name: Mark Larman
Company : ChefShield Corporation

Description: The ChefShield is a cooking accessory that attaches via clipping action to any cooking tool, (i.e. spatula, pan, deep fry strainer, etc.) to protect cooks from the splash-back of hot cooking oil by providing physical steel mesh shields as barriers to prevent burns.

Name: Christopher Mundy
Company: Lock IT Plates
Website: N/A

Description: The first lockable, disposable, reusable and secure plastic plates that make eating on the go that much easier. The plastic plates lock together forming  a container so it can withstand a fall and not spill. The Lock IT Plates also have a built on cup attachment.

Name: Reneida Leon
Company: Challdoo

Description: Challdoo replaces the cumbersome yearly performance assessment with a lightweight and simple mobile app, allowing users to collect meaningful analytics about their progress in a continuous basis.

Name: Mario de la Guardia
Company: SprayMo Home & Garden Spray Bottle
Website: N/A

Description: We are developing a patented breakthrough in spray bottle technology called the "SprayMo Home & Garden Sprayer," and it’s 10X less work than trigger spray bottles.

Name: Richard Krigel

Description: F2fe uses a live real time video platform to bring local experts  advice, help and information to an advice , help, and information seeking audience.

Name: Harold Rodriguez
Company: Gurupia

Description: A wholesaler platform that connect Suppliers and Buyers  in the textile and apparel industry (1st stage) in The Americas through a matchmaking algorithm that allows to find business opportunities for the players according to their profiles once they register at the platform.

Name: Edwin Hernandez
Company: Mevia

Description: Creates your personal TV channel for Cable TV

Name: Alex Rodriguez
Company: Splash Drones

Description: A fully waterproof drone capable of landing on water and seeing under water with its 4K waterproof camera. It can also fly in the rain and snow.

Name: Pedro Sostre
Company: Project Maia

Description: Project Maia is a Marketing Consultant Bot which helps business owners understand what they should be doing online to grow their business.

Name: Pandwe Gibson
Company: EarthwareINC

Description: EarthWare is currently in the process of building an Industrial Composting Facility to ensure the "carbon neutrality" in the disposal of not only our products, but all of the compostable, disposable products on the market that are being used in South Florida.


RFP for Downtown Mixed-Use Redevelopment Opportunity

DRAFT- Proposed Downtown Mixed-Use Zoning District



ArtWalk_Downtown2To create a vibrant and sustainable downtown in which Coral Springs’ residents, businesses, and visitors can live, work, shop and entertain.


Downtown Coral Springs is the Coral Springs Community Redevelopment Agency area.

A Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) is a legal entity that is created by a municipality or county after a determination that "slum and blight" criteria, established in Chapter 163 Part III of the Florida Statutes, have been met. The purpose of creating a CRA is to carry out redevelopment activities that include reducing or eliminating blight, improving the economic health of an area, and encouraging public and private investments in a CRA district.

ArtWalk_DowntownOn March 2001, the City Commission determined the existence of slum and blight in the downtown area and approved the findings of necessity in order to avoid additional economic and physical decline. On November 6, 2001 the City formally created the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). The original version of the CRA Master Plan was approved by the County on September 2002 and it was updated to its current version in June 2014. In 2003, the County agreed to pay the net present value of the County’s share of tax increment for a specific phase of the redevelopment project. After five years, the County chose to revert to tax increment financing using a base year of 2011.

The current CRA fiscal year started October 1, 2016 and ends September 30, 2017 (FY 2016/17). The CRA will expire in 2032.

CRA Board Meeting
DATE: Monday, April 23rd
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Everglades Room
Coral Springs City Hall, 9500 West Sample Road
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Meetings dates are subject to change.

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