TAMPA - Daniel James Scott has been named new Executive Director of Tampa Bay Technology Forum. He will be joining TBTF on January 5, 2015. In this role, Daniel will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TBTF’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. He will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans. He will report directly to the Board of Directors.
Gregg Pollack founder of Starter Studio, a Orlando-based mentor driven accelerator program for tech startups discusses the $500K grant opportunity that could fund Orlando tech startups.
ORLANDO - It was announced today that Starter Studio and Canvs are working together to seek grant funding to help establish a second-stage accelerator and seed fund in downtown Orlando. The new fund, called StarterCorps, would fill a gap in early-stage funding for tech startups in the Central Florida area.
The federal Economic Development Agency grant would provide for the expansion of Starter Studio to include more advanced programs and resources, as well as the creation of an evergreen fund for new tech companies. Starter Studio recently announced that UCF Venture Lab's former director Kirstie Chadwick will lead the third class, and that the accelerator will move to a new home at the Canvs tech coworking space in January.
ORLANDO - Knetik Media has raised $1 million in financing, the company announced August 11.
Knetik, which offers the Knetik Platform to monetize and distribute content in the video, broadcast, magazine and game publishing industry, raised $800,000 in capital and $200,000 in debt conversion in a deal that formally closed June 30.
ST. PETERSBURG - Webtalk officially announced the opening of their early stage growth round of funding, lead by an undisclosed local St. Petersburg entrepreneur, with a $250,000 investment. A second $50,000 follow on investment was also made in this round by another undisclosed local entrepreneur.
ORLANDO - This morning the Canvs downtown coworking space officially opened its doors to coworkers. The nonprofit coworking community accommodates 164 coworkers, with a specific focus on technology startups. The mission of Canvs is to make it easier for anyone to start and grow a company in Orlando. The organization will accomplish that goal by providing startup companies with flexible workspace options, mentorship, programming, and regular events.
ORLANDO - Several Florida projects have recently scored big investments on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. They range from a electric skateboard to wireless earphones with integrated health monitoring to a online privacy tool.
All the projects more than exceeded their funding goal.
TAMPA - While there are a number of family locator services to choose from today, ranging from those offered by the mobile operators to venture-backed startups, a nearly two-year old mobile application called Mamabear was created with a goal of doing more than simple location tracking – it’s a full-featured “parenting app” which allows parents – yes, mainly moms, by nature of the job – to also monitor their children’s interactions across social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.