Photos: Inside Orlando's New Startup Hub

Canvs, a new non-profit tech startup hub in downtown Orlando will open on August 11. The 15,000 square …

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PHOTOS: Starter Studio Demo Day 2014

Starter Studio, a Orlando-based mentor driven tech accelrator program held demo day for its second class on Wednesday, …

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One Spark Announces 2015 Dates

One Spark Co-Founder and CEO Elton Rivas and One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson announced One …

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$3.25 million in investments up for grabs at One Spark 2014

One Spark Logo Horizontal BlueJACKSONVILLE - Entrepreneurs and creatives with ideas in art, innovation, music, science and technology have a few additional reasons to register their project for One Spark 2014. 3.25 million reasons to be exact. Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shad Khan has been joined by Arsenal Venture Partners, Florida Blue, Healthbox, Palm Ventures, PS27 Ventures and UE Investors to offer up to $3.25 million in combined investment opportunities for One Spark 2014 Creator Projects.

2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference (Photos)

The 2014 Florida Venture Capital Conference hosted by the Florida Venture Forum was held January 27-29 at Hyatt Regency in Orlando. The conference featured expert panel discussions, networking opportunities, featured speakers and many of Florida’s top entrepreneurial companies presenting to a audience of 350+ venture capitalists, investment bankers and private equity investors.

OrlandoiX plans to bring 80,000 techies to Orlando

OiX logo FIN fillORLANDO – The Orlando Interactive Experience aka OrlandoiX is a new annual, five-day international digital festival launching in 2015. Set to attract an audience of 80,000 to 100,000 visitors to the the Orlando metro area, the conference is projected to have an economic impact of $17 to $21 million as a result of hotel room, travel, food & beverage and event activity spending.

During October 2- 6, 2015, Orlando will be transformed into a digital village for interactive media, entertainment technology and digital arts, all core segments of Orlando’s thriving technology industry.

Orlando named to most promising tech hubs list

us-map-outlineORLANDO -, a blog on disruptive technology has named Orlando as a national tech hub to watch in 2014.

According to the blog, Orlando is doing everything that it can to promote itself as more than just a Mouseketeer’s paradise. One major venture to this end is the Creative Village, a massive renovation of the former Amway Arena site. According the City of Orlando’s website, this particular project “builds on the success of Orlando’s digital media industry by transforming the former site of the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando into a 68-acre mixed-use, transit-oriented, urban infill neighborhood that will be home to leading higher education providers”. With a dynamic computing program nearby at the University of Central Florida, the Creative Village sounds like a big win for Orlando.

PlanSource reels in $12 million investment round

PlanSourceORLANDO - Orlando-based PlanSource, a cloud-based, on-demand technology company that provides  benefits administration, insurance exchange, payroll, and HRIS solutions to employers through its insurance carrier and broker partners, announced that it has completed a $12 million Series B Investment Round with its existing investors Lemhi Ventures and Timucuan Asset Management.

Game on! 9th annual Otronicon returns to Orlando Science Center

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ORLANDO - For the ninth consecutive year, multiple industry partners join Orlando Science Center to celebrate the role interactive technology has in the way we live, learn, work and play during Otronicon January 17–20, 2014. The event has the opportunity to inspire a child’s interest in science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.

New partners Microsoft and Sony join the likes of Walt Disney World Resort, EA SPORTS, Florida Hospital for Children, Lockheed Martin and the University of Central Florida to demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, health care and more.

KYN Demo Day 2013 (Photos)

Photos from KYN's Demo Day 2013. Three Jacksonville startups took the stage in front of a audience of peers, investors and community supporters.

TapShield raises $750,000 funding round

TapShield splashORLANDO - TapShield, an Orlando-based security company specializing in mobile emergency reporting and response, announced today that it has raised $750,000, a combination of private investment and public funding from the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research.

The funding will allow TapShield to scale its operations to meet existing demand from higher ed and corporate institutions. The company plans to hire additional leadership, including sales and marketing support, to accompany recent hires that include Ben Boyd as Head of Technology. Ben recently left Discovery Communications in New York to join the TapShield team.

The Institute is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to support new company creation and growth based on publicly-funded research across Florida. TapShield is incorporating technology developed at the University of Florida as part of its mobile inbound alert system, and in order to qualify for Institute funding had to raise private matching investment capital. This use of leading-edge indoor positioning and location tracking technology will allow the company to advance solutions that reduce emergency reporting and response time.