Episode 13: Elevating and Connecting Florida’s Innovators with Brian Kornfeld

February 08 | tech's potential

Brian Kornfeld is CEO & Co-Founder of Synapse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, connecting Florida’s innovators and guiding the innovation community forward. Through Synapse, Brian is creating the nexus for businesses to easily find what they need, and to share what they have, to accelerate success and create thriving economies in Florida. Brian’s passion for technology began at an early age and continued through college, culminating in a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Michigan and the University of Florida, respectively, officially making Brian a rocket scientist.

Brian’s career has progressed, starting with work on amazing technology projects from handheld encryption devices, to fighter jets, to cutting-edge satellites. Brian got into the startup world in 2013 while completing his MBA at USF. During this timeframe, Brian saw many connectivity issues within the Tampa Bay and Florida regions. He later teamed up with many others to form Synapse, the framework for connecting Florida’s innovation communities. Brian quickly transformed his passion from enabling individuals with good ideas to empowering Florida’s entire innovation community to become the best place to build and grow a business.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys having fun with his wife Marcy, his twin sons Jacob and Micah, his dog Brooks, and being an avid Tampa Bay sports fan. You can often find him coaching his kids at baseball, out to eat at a local restaurant, or cheering on his beloved Wolverines, Bucs, Lightning, or Rays.

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