Emerge Americas gets $1.5M from Knight

Miami-based Knight Foundation gave $1.5 million to the eMerge Americas conference Tuesday to help the event build hype …

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Uber, Lyft now legal in Orlando

The Orlando City Council voted to approve new rules that allow ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to operate …

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TBTF Names New Executive Director

Daniel James Scott has been named new executive director of the Tampa Bay Technology Forum.

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One Spark Executive Director Quits

Joe Sampson, One Spark Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer has resigned his post to pursue other opportunities. …

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LaunchCode gets $1.5M funding from The Knight Foundation

LaunchCode LogoMIAMI - St. Louis-based non-profit LaunchCode is expanding to Miami, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to address the issue of brain drain in South Florida’s growing tech community. LaunchCode matches technologists with local companies through paid apprenticeships. The Knight Foundation is investing $1.25 million, over three years, to support LaunchCode’s Miami opening early next year.

Hollywood's AltPay reels in $1M private equity investment

altpay logoHOLLYWOOD - ALTPAY, a South Florida-based startup mobile payment company has received a $1 million equity investment from two family office investors.

ALTPAY markets its mobile payment service in the United States to regional and mid-market retailers, including supermarkets, grocers, pharmacies and convenience stores. They will launch in Latin America in the first quarter of 2015.

Medina Capital closes on $182M fund for high-growth tech firms

Medina Capital Partners 597579 i0MIAMI - South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies.

As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will invest in early growth-stage companies in cyber-security, big data, mobility and cloud computing — “the infrastructure side of technology.” That’s according to founder and tech pioneer, Manny Medina.