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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OrlandoiX adds to production team, names associate producer

Jill-Healey orlandoixORLANDO – OrlandoiX, the organization driving the five-day technology and digital arts festival of the same name, has announced the appointment of Jill Healey to the position of Associate Producer. In her role as associate producer of OrlandoiX, Healey will lead festival sponsorships, partnerships, exhibitor sales, marketing, and communications.

“We are excited to bring an Associate Producer on board to propel us forward as we focus on developing partnerships, generating a buzz about OrlandoiX and creating unique sponsorship opportunities for our partners. Jill’s experience and strategic approach are an asset to both our partners and our organization”, said David Glass, Executive Producer of OrlandoiX and publisher of the Florida Technology Journal.

Canvs, opening in August, will be Orlando’s largest tech co-working space


ORLANDO – With the goal of helping Orlando become a top 10 city nationally for tech startups and to assist in the creation of 5,000 high-wage tech jobs over the next decade, Canvs will open its doors this summer. The coworking space will be located on the first floor of the Church Street Exchange building. Demand has led Canvs to add additional space to their lease one month after initial commitment, for a total of 17,189 sq. ft., which will accommodate 164 entrepreneurs and technologists.

Viggle Acquires Miami's Choose Digital

choose-digital-logoNEW YORK - Viggle, a mobile entertainment marketing and rewards platform, announced today that it has acquired Choose Digital, a Miami-based digital marketplace platform that allows companies to incorporate digital content into existing rewards and loyalty programs in support of marketing and sales initiatives.

Kony rings in $50 million for app development

KonyLogoORLANDO - Orlando-based mobile application development platform, Kony has raised USD 50 million in Series E round led by Softbank Capital. The other investors Insight Venture Partners, Telstra Ventures, Georgian Partners, Delta-v Capital and Hamilton Lane have also participated in the round.

Venture Forum Announces Presenting Startups for Seventh Annual Early Stage Conference

floridaventureforumMIAMI – The Florida Venture Forum announced its selection of 20 Florida-based companies to present and two Florida-based companies to exhibit at its Seventh Annual Early Stage Capital Conference. The event takes place May 15 at the Reunion Resort in Orlando.

The 20 companies, considered among the state’s best early stage prospects for equity financing, will each deliver six-minute presentations to an audience of venture capitalists, private equity investors, angel investors, investment bankers, financial intermediaries, and entrepreneurs.

Starter Studio names startups for second accelerator class

Starter-Studio-LogoORLANDO – This summer six carefully chosen startups will be working together as Starter Studio’s Second Class. Starter Studio is a tech business accelerator program that provides startups with free workspace, mentorship, and a range of events designed to help starters further develop their businesses.

Events include Monday Night Founder Talks and Brown Bag Lunches, which are open to the community. The intensive program culminates in Starter Studio’s final pitch event, Demo Day.

Former EA, Zynga executives to open Miami video game development studio

shiverlogoMIAMI - Shiver Entertainment, a new video game development firm led by industry veteran and former Zynga and EA Chief Operating Officer John Schappert, has leased 16,000 square feet on the second floor of The Offices at Sunset Place. The lease marks one of the largest new-to-market tech firms to enter Miami in recent years.

Shiver Entertainment’s new space is located at the intersection of US-1 and Red Road, at the center of South Miami’s thriving downtown district – just a few steps from the University of Miami and the South Miami Metrorail Station. The company expects to hire approximately 60 employees in time for the grand opening of its new studio in late 2014.