$3.25m in funds available at One Spark

Entrepreneurs and creatives with ideas in art, innovation, music, science and technology have a few additional reasons to …

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Jax Accelerator seeks startups

KYN, a Jacksonville-based accelerator and apprenticeship program for startups, has opened applications for its Spring 2014 program.

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Film highlights Orlando as tech hub

Orlando is staking ground as one of the nation’s top technological hubs. As the region’s second largest industry …

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Study: UCF Incubation program has $620 million impact from 2011-13

UCFTI logo hdrORLANDO - A Regional Economic Impact Study of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program shows that the 14-year old network of economic development partnerships between private enterprise and local governments in Orlando, Sanford, Winter Springs, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Apopka and Daytona Beach has helped create literally thousands of new jobs with substantially higher wages than area medians.

Fusion Point, a new venture support organization launches in Naples

fusionpoint logoNAPLES – Newly-formed venture development organization Fusion Pointe shared its mission with an enthusiastic, at-capacity audience of entrepreneurs, investors and civic, philanthropic and business leaders last Monday evening. The group's mission is to to encourage, accelerate and expand the innovation economy in Southwest Florida.

Fusion Pointe hopes to open its doors to high growth tech entrepreneurs in Spring 2014.

Miami's Venture Hive accelerator goes international with Spring 2014 class

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MIAMI - The Venture Hive accelerator has announced its 2014 Spring class in partnership with the Miami Downtown Development Authority and Miami-Dade County. The program is focused on recruiting and cultivating tech businesses in sectors closely aligned with Miami’s economic future, including hospitality and tourism, trade and logistics, healthcare, and creative sectors such as design, music, art, and fashion.

Venture Hive received over 150 applicants from 23 different countries, which were narrowed down to 10 selected companies.

CNBC: Orlando creating innovation clusters for digital media, biotech

CNBC logoNEW YORK, NY - The recession brought Orlando tourism down by 4.7 percent and sent housing tumbling; median prices dropped below $100,000 in 2010 after peaking at almost $265,000 in 2007. Unemployment also reached its worse level—11.9 percent in 2010.

"When the two big pieces of your economic pie cease to exist, said Orlando's mayor, Buddy Dyer, "you recognize dramatically the need for diversification."

For Orlando that meant building on its strengths by creating mixed-use clusters around existing industries, such as digital media and biosciences, to generate jobs, further education and attract talent. Already home to 400 digital media companies, the city is developing its newest cluster, Creative Village, downtown.

Florida Venture Forum wants high-growth companies to pitch at 23rd annual conference


MIAMI – The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide association for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, is inviting company executives with mid-to-later-stage, Florida-based companies to apply to present their company pitches before investors and venture capitalists at the 2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference. The conference takes place from January 28-29, 2014 in Orlando.

Nova Southeastern Researcher Gets $1 Million to Develop Virtual World Program


FORT LAUDERDALE - Some people use alternate virtual world programs like Second Life to escape reality, but one researcher is examining whether these same virtual worlds that are used to stimulate the imagination could help amputees develop the skills needed to navigate the real world.

Sandra Winkler, who has a Ph.D. in occupational therapy and serves as a faculty researcher and assistant professor for the Nova Southeastern University College of Health Care Sciences, was recently awarded a three-year grant totaling nearly $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to pursue her study. The project costs will be 100% financed with federal funds.