$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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Envy Labs to launch Starter Studio, startup accelerator program

I sat down with Gregg Pollack, co-founder of Orlando-based Envy labs and Code School to talk about plans for their new startup accelerator called Starter Studio.

Starter Studio is a free startup accelerator program that will provide work free space, mentorship, educational curriculum, and networking opportunities to selected tech startups that will move into the 2,000 square foot space for three months located within the Envy Labs new headquarters near downtown Orlando.

Florida venture capital deals reach highest level in two years

nvca new-logoORLANDO - According to the MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, investment in the state totaled $155.8 million, up from just $11.29 million in the first quarter and the highest amount since the third quarter of 2007.

Fourteen Florida companies received venture capital in the second quarter, up from six in the first quarter and the highest number in two years.  

Red Bull Training Grounds gaming tournament heads to Orlando

ORLANDO - This weekend, eight pro video game players head to Full Sail University for the Red Bull Training Grounds eSports tournament, held at Full Sail Live in Winter Park from July 26th- 28th. Players will compete in Blizzard Entertainment’s real-time strategy game, Starcraft II. Prizes for the top players total $10,000.

The professional video game athlete invitational will be narrated by on-site experts including Sean “Day[9]” Plott, Marcus “djWHEAT” Graham, and Ben “Mr. Bitter” Nichol. A live broadcast, in addition to event news and photos, can be found at here.

Orlando startup Snapshots partners with Aviary, integrates photoshop style editing

snapshots appORLANDO - Snapshots, the Orlando startup behind a mobile photo app designed for social events, has partnered with New York-based Aviary to incorporate Aviary’s photo editing capabilities. This means that users can now edit photos in-app, adding filters, stickers, and other personal touches in a matter of seconds.

Snapshots allows users to create an event, take a photo or 30-second video with their smartphone, make edits such as cropping or adding effects, and then post the photo or video to a stream shared by other event attendees. In addition to adding their own pictures to the event, friends can “like” or “favorite” a picture, or add a comment. The application is designed as a more fluid and efficient way for groups to share event information in real-time, and can easily be linked to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites. Version 1.6 of the application has just been released and includes the new photo editing tools.  

The app was recently featured in the iTunes store for 12 weeks, and the application has received media attention from Cult of Mac, Yahoo!, and The Wall Street Journal. Reviewers have praised its neat, streamlined design and accessible interface.

Startup World, a global competition for tech startups, comes to Miami

SUW logoORLANDO - On Tuesday, July 23rd, ten of Florida’s top technology startups will gather at Venture Hive in Miami to compete for a chance to represent the state at the annual Startup World pitch competition. Interested startups can still apply to compete, though the deadline to apply is today, July 16th. To submit an application, visit http://startupworld.com/apply.

The Startup World Miami event is free to attend, and will run from 6:00- 10:00pm. Registration is available here. Sponsors include American Airlines, Plug and Play Tech Center, and Tropo.

Governor signs bill to create Florida startup fund

govsignsstartupbill smTALLAHASSEE - Governor Rick Scott visited Bing Energy to ceremonially sign HB 705 relating to seed funding. In 2007, the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research was created to enhance economic development in Florida through the commercialization of new discoveries made through publicly funded research. HB 705 expands the Institute and officially became law on July 1st.

Governor Scott said, “Everything that we are doing to create jobs and opportunities for Florida families is working. In a little over two years we have created 330,000 private sector jobs and our unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1%, well below the national average. The bill we are celebrating today will encourage greater investments into Florida’s start-up companies, ultimately leading to more jobs and opportunities for Florida families. I was pleased to visit Bing Energy in 2011 and am proud to see how far they have come and the impact they have had on Florida families.”