ORLANDO – MegaWatt Ventures, an annual clean energy business competition that focuses on Florida and the southeast, plans to tap into the expertise and intellectual property of our universities as a source of promising renewable energy technologies to commercialize. The event, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and several energy corporations, provides the ideal showcase for college and technology entrepreneurs across the state to compete for funding to launch their innovative energy ventures that have the potential to create new jobs and help solve today’s global energy issues.
ORLANDO - As part of AOL's commitment to expand its reach in the US and continue to attract top talent, the company announced today that it is opening a new office in downtown Orlando. The majority of the 3,000 square foot office will house a portion of AOL’s Publishing Engineering Team which is responsible for the delivering AOL’s premium content to users around the world.
TAMPA - Consumers have video chatted on PCs for more than a decade, and they’re eager to take video communications mobile, according to a recent consumer survey commissioned by Syniverse Technologies. But not everyone who wants to communicate via mobile video can – yet.
TALLAHASSEE - 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.
BOCA 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.
ORLANDO - 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.
CORAL 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.
ORLANDO - 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.