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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Bing Energy Wins $1.9M Job Creation Award, Relocates to Florida

BEI_logoTALLAHASSEE - The race to develop a commercially viable hydrogen fuel cell just got a boost from a $1.9 million state award to a high-tech company that is planning to turn breakthrough nanotechnology pioneered at Florida State University into a better, faster, more economical fuel cell. In a news conference today with Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida State University President Eric Barron and local leaders, Bing Energy, announced that the company has selected Florida as the new site of its world headquarters.

LOC-AID Reels In $13M Round from Intersouth, Florida Growth Fund

locaidBOCA RATON - LOC-AID, a location-as-a-service company that connects mobile enterprise to wireless subscribers, announced today it has secured $13 million in a Series C financing round to support the company's rapid growth. The round was led by private equity firm H.I.G. Ventures, venture firm Intersouth Partners, and the Florida Growth Fund, managed by Hamilton Lane.

GrowFL has $280M Economic Impact says High Tech Corridor Study

floridahightechORLANDO - Results from a study commissioned by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council found that the state-funded economic gardening program, GrowFL, helped to create nearly 1,500 direct, indirect and induced jobs in its inaugural year. According to the results of the study, GrowFL contributed a more than $280 million impact to the state’s economy.

UM's Launch Pad Becomes Model for StartUpAmerica Program

TheLaunchPad_logoCORAL GABLES – The University of Miami Launch Pad, the entrepreneurship resource center of the University’s Toppel Career Center, is a part of a White House strategy to expand U.S. innovation and job creation across the nation. In Washington this week, StartUpAmerica, President Barack Obama’s national effort to stimulate economic growth and the creation of quality jobs, announced the creation of the Startup America Partnership, an independent private-sector alliance to dramatically increase the development of innovative high-growth firms nationally.

Naples Firm Launches Student Safe Tablet for Schools

Kineo_with_Reflection_White_BG_copy2ORLANDO - Schools want to use tablets and handheld devices in the classroom but the dangers loom large and the cost can be prohibitive. Brainchild has a solution. Kineo—being launched today by Brainchild at the Florida Educational Technology Conference—is the first Android tablet eBook reader created exclusively for education with built-in features that keep schools and students safe.

Verizon to Acquire South Florida-based Terremark for $1.4 Billion

terremarklogosmMIAMI - In a move that will decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market, Verizon Communications Inc. and Terremark Worldwide Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire the South Florida-based global provider of managed IT infrastructure and cloud services, for $19.00 per share in cash, or a total equity value of $1.4 billion.

Tampa's ConnectWise Capital Celebrates Tech Investments

CWC_Logo_400TAMPA - ConnectWise Capital, formed to incubate emerging IT channel technologies, support new IT channel vendors and emerging industry leaders that provide innovative solutions to the IT Nation, today celebrated its first year of investments and the success of its 2010 funded companies. ConnectWise Capital targets emerging products and services that create market advantages and new opportunities for the IT channel, particularly among the 49,000-plus users of ConnectWise software.