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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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.

Zynga's Orlando studio to develop Tiger Woods, NFL games

zynga-logo1ORLANDO - Zynga has announced a new division called Zynga Sports 365. The company is developing mobile games for football and golf and has signed former Tiger Woods for a game to be released later this year. Tiger Woods was the brand name for Electronic Arts' PGA Tour golf games from 1998 through to 2013, when he was dropped by the publisher.

Inside Canvs, Orlando's New Tech Startup Hub

ORLANDO - Canvs, a new non-profit tech startup hub in downtown Orlando will open on Monday.

The 15,000 square foot space will open with 114 desks and expand to 164 desks with an additional 3,500 square foot expansion that will come online in October.

Photos: Starter Studio Demo Day 2014

ORLANDO - Starter Studio, a Orlando-based mentor driven tech accelrator program held demo day for its second class on Wednesday, August 6 in downtown Orlando. 6 startups presented their business ideas to a audience of over 300 investors, peers and business leaders.

Florida ranks #2 for tech job growth

videogame1ORLANDO - In just the first six months of 2014, Florida has created nearly as many tech jobs as the state did in all of last year.

Florida has already added 4,100 tech jobs compared to 4,500 jobs created for all of 2013.

That ranks Florida 2nd nationally for tech job creation, according to a new report from Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals.

Tech hiring and availability of professionals has become a campaign issue during the gubernatorial election. The focus for Florida, like many states, is on growing tech workforce and starting young with techCAMPs as one initiative.

New Statewide Tech Association Launches

Florida tech council TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Technology Council, a newly-formed association that is focused on the needs of the technology sector, today launched its campaign to advocate on behalf of the information technology industry in the State of Florida before the Legislative and Executive branches. Additionally, the FTC debuted its website and social media components that will accompany its overall effort.

“We are proud to announce our new association and its digital presence,” said Claudia Davant, chair of the FTC. “Coming together under the banner of the Florida Technology Council, it is our hope that our diverse membership will further our mission of being the unified and trusted voice state government can rely on when it comes to the technology sector in the State of Florida.”