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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Starter Studio, Canvs seek $500K grant to fund Orlando tech startups

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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.   

Knetik Media closes $1 Million financing

knetik-media-identity-mainORLANDO - 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.

Webtalk reels in $300K Funding Round

webtalk-press-logoST. 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.

Canvs opens its doors to tech startups, coworking

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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.

Mamabear raises $1.4 Million for Parent Monitoring App

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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.

SportsManias closes $3.5 Million funding round

Sportsmanias-logoMIAMI - Miami startup SportsManias announced that it has raised $3.5 million in Series A funding. The funding will be use to continue revamping of SportsManias web platform and app, a source of news for sports fans. This round of funding follows a $1 million raise one year ago, bringing the company to a total of $4.5 million.