$3.25m in funds available at One Spark

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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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Golf Channel consolidates digital media operations in $1.9M Orlando expansion


ORLANDO - Golf Channel announced that it has consolidated digital media operations for its GolfChannel.com and GolfNow.com sites, a move that will result in at least 75 jobs and a $1.9 million expansion of its worldwide headquarters in Orlando.

The company has been working with Enterprise Florida, City of Orlando, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Workforce Florida and the Department of Economic Opportunity to complete the deal.

Hollywood's Prolexic closes $30 Million round

prolexic logoHOLLYWOOD - South Florida-based operating system protection firm, Prolexic Technologies announced it has closed a US$30 million Series C funding round led by new investors Trident Capital and Intel Capital. Prolexic’s existing shareholders include Kennet Partners, Camden Partners and Medina Capital.

This latest round of financing comes at a time when Prolexic’s year-over-year revenues have increased 65 percent. Following the Series C investment, Trident Capital’s Managing Director Gustavo Alberelli will join Prolexic’s Board of Directors.

Highlights: Red Bull Gaming in Orlando

Eight of the best gamers from around the world came together at Full Sail University to battle it out StarCraft II-style at this weekend’s Red Bull Training Grounds Orlando.

FTJ was there to capture scenes from the event. We also caught up with Liam Hisop, chair of Full Sail's Game Projects Department to get insight and reaction.

Voxeo's $150 million sale to Aspect complete

ORLANDO - Phoenix-based Aspect Software has wrapped up its $150 million purchase of Voxeo, a Orlando-based provider of hosted and on-premise interactive voice response solutions. Aspect says the acquisition adds $50 million in revenue per year to its bottom line.

Voxeo's platform and infrastructure will serve as the nucleus for Aspect's expanding cloud, hybrid and premise-based solution portfolio, the company said.

LiveNinja wins Startup World: Miami

startupworld miami 2013 winnerMIAMI - LiveNinja rocked the pitch and took home the honors at Startup World held at Venture Hive last night. LiveNinja will be competing against 20 other cities  in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa later this year in a global Startup World competition for the title and a host of prizes.

LiveNinja, which targets its solution to the massive problem of the unemployed and under employed, created a platform to help people create jobs instantly for themselves -- fitness instructors, developers, guitar teachers, yoga instructors, fashion experts, etc.  "It's a real time video chat monetization platform in the marketplace. We allow you to sell the skills you have ... and we help you get clients from around the world in real time," pitched CEO Will Weinraub.

Miami's SafetyPay scores $7 million investment

SafetyPay-logo-spanishMIAMI - Online payment solution firm, SafetyPay landed a $7 million investment from IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. The investment will allow the company to continue to enhance and expand its solutions to financial institutions in Latin America.

SafetyPay enables consumers who may not have a credit card to buy online goods and services using their bank account. Merchants who use the system benefit from an expanded customer base and SafetyPay’s low transaction fees. Banks can offer their customers an attractive new service and generate revenues from their online banking facility, without any additional investment.