$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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Google brings back accelerator to Miami

newmePopup-gfe-smSAN FRANCISCO, CA - NewME Accelerator is seeking local startup rock stars to participate in the Miami PopUp Accelerator this fall. In partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, NewME PopUps bring together entrepreneurs working on innovative technology products for an in­depth, high­intensity weekend of collaboration and production.

The three ­night event takes place September 27­-29 will feature coaching from NewME experts and a two-­part workshop titled “The Art of the Pitch” which provides secrets to a perfect pitch to investors and how to stand out among other entrepreneurs. The weekend culminates with “Demo Day,” a night where startups will network with key players in Miami’s tech scene, special guests from Silicon Valley, and ultimately pitch their idea to a panel of judges that consists of local and Silicon Valley investors.

Team behind One Spark crowdfunding festival establishes KYN accelerator program

KYN Logo transparent 150wJACKSONVILLE - This week the KYN accelerator and apprenticeship program, founded in partnership with STACHE Investments Company and One Spark, opened its doors in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Led by Elton Rivas, Shay Arnett, and Dennis Eusebio, the program launches with four companies in its inaugural class, all of whom were participants in this year’s One Spark crowdfunding festival.

The group includes Pure Treats, Floppy Entertainment, Original Fuzz, and Hatchware. All are receiving KYN funding and will be participating in the 16-week accelerator program. The accelerator plans to support other One Spark creators, as well, some of whom have already been in talks with leadership. A partnership with The University of North Florida forms the basis of the apprenticeship program, which will operate in conjunction with the accelerator program. Apprentices are UNF students with design and development skills who are looking for real-world experience. They’ll be working alongside companies going through the accelerator program with the KYN team.  

Health tech accelerator, Healthbox announces first startup class

healthboxJACKSONVILLE - Healthbox, a healthcare tech accelerator with operations in Jacksonville, announced that it has selected seven companies to participate in its inaugural four-month Florida program. Healthbox and anchor partner Florida Blue, chose companies that have the largest opportunity to build momentum and scale within Florida, further displaying their commitment to the state's ecosystem.

Highwinds closes $205 million financing

Highwinds Logo for websiteORLANDO – Winter Park based content delivery network provider, Highwinds today announced that it has closed a new $205 million debt financing transaction with Cerberus Business Finance, and Goldman Sachs BDC, an investment fund managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management, including follow-on investment from General Catalyst Partners serving as private equity sponsor.

The infusion of new capital is among the largest single transactions ever closed by a content delivery network provider. It has resulted in the recapitalization of the business, and it positions Highwinds for aggressive growth through both organic and M&A investment opportunities, including further expansion of its global content delivery platform.

CompTIA President Todd Thibodeaux on IT education, job placement and industry outlook

Todd Thibodeaux, President and CEO of CompTIA, speaks about the annual ChannelCon conference at The Peabody Orlando. The annual conference is a product of the IT trade association, an organization serving professionals who sell, service, distribute IT products.

Geek Squad founder talks emerging tech during Orlando visit

Robert Stephens, founder of The Geek Squad, shared some insight during the CompTIA information technology conference held this week in Orlando. As the featured speaker, Stephens spoke about how he started The Geek Squad from scratch and the lessons he learned as he built his business into the nationwide service it is today.