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David Chitester


Seedfunders, LLC

David is the founder of the Tampa investment firm Florida Funders, the first online platform in Florida to use equity crowdfunding to invest in startups. To date the company has invested more than $6 million in 17 early stage companies and has recently raised a $10 million committed capital fund to invest along side the "crowd". After experiencing retirement for about a year, he recently “unretired” and founded another startup investment company, Seedfunders, which is focused on identifying pre-revenue technical concepts and supplying mentoring and funding to assist the founders in bringing their concept to market. Previously, David has started several companies from scratch and has had a number of successful exits. He sold his first company, Chitester Management Systems, to Hill International, a public company headquartered in Philadelphia. Hill is a global leader in construction management and construction litigation support. David sold his second company,, to a group led by the Tampa venture capital firm, Stonehenge. The company (now called Vector Solutions) has since been sold to a private equity firm but remains headquartered in Tampa with more than 300 employees. David and his wife Kathleen, who has been actively involved in all of these enterprises, live in Tampa and are avid runners and wannabe chefs.