Pitch Madness will be hosted by Synapse Orlando at Ace Cafe on Friday from 9 am to 11:15 am. Pitch Madness is a different kind of pitch competition which will offer Synapse attendees a unique look at the founders behind 6 Orlando startups. In this competition the six founders are "seeded" into 3 brackets - Enterprise SAAS (Eli Mattern, Savvy Suit and Justin Mitchell, Yak Chat) Gaming/Simulation (Robert Torres, 302 Interactive and Sean Pinnock, Cyberdream), and Healthcare Tech (Gordon Folkes, Archer First Response Systems and Tony Ruben, Blue Halo Medical). These founders debate each other in front of industry judges who pick the bracket winner. The three winners advance to the finals and debate in front of a group of investor judges: David Barkoe, Carve Communications; Dennis R. Pape, SeedFundersOrlando, Ben Patz, DeepWork Capital, Aia Sarycheva, Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, and Tom Wallace, Florida Funders. The winner will receive a $5K equity investment from SeedFundersOrlando, $1500 cash, and office hours and pitch review with VentureScaleUp's mentor network. One of the finalists will have a $25K equity investment option from DeepWork Capital. This event will be a lot of fun and I look forward to participating.