Zynga Leases Orlando Studio

Zynga, the company behind such games as Farmville and Words With Friends, has signed a lease for office …

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Digital Festival Adds Producer

OrlandoiX, the organization driving the five-day technology and digital arts festival of the same name, has announced the …

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Orlando Tech Week Planned

The Orlando Tech Association, along with over a dozen community partners, has begun planning for Tech Week, a …

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Jacksonville's KYN Accelerator seeks startups for Spring class

KYN Logo transparent 150wJACKSONVILLE – KYN, an accelerator and apprenticeship program for startups, has opened applications for its Spring 2014 program. Launched in August 2013, KYN is a unique opportunity for small businesses in Florida and throughout the southeast to access funding for growth and be mentored by fellow entrepreneurs in a 16-week program.

Each startup accepted into the KYN accelerator is provided with $35,000 in seed funding and $50,000 in tools and resources to aid the business in achieving long-term sustainability. The KYN program provides accepted startups with access to mentors, developers and designers, workshops, workspace and a collaborative community. Members of the KYN team work hands-on with accepted startups on a daily basis to achieve each business’ individual goals and fulfill needs required to take the company to the next level upon completion of the program.

Photos: Starter Studio Demo Day 2013

Starter Studio Demo day was the culmination of three months of hard work inside the Orlando tech accelerator. Seven startups took the stage to highlight what they’ve accomplished, pitch their business, and show you why their startup will succeed.

FTJ documentary project gives voice to Orlando's 2nd largest industry, technology

ORLANDO - Orlando is staking ground as one of the nation’s top technological hubs. As the region’s second largest industry sector, behind tourism, technology is a $14 billion business for Orlando. And within the next few months, the techies will have a new marketing piece in the form of a documentary called “Orlando Rising”. The film highlights the top innovators in the region working towards creating one of the nation’s top creative and tech cities, while providing the public an inside look into this thriving, collaborative and innovative culture.

Photos: Service Design + Tourism Conference

SDT 2013 gathered designers from various disciplines, travel and tourism industry professionals, and faculty and graduate students from tourism and hospitality, design, and business schools to explore the practical application of service design thinking within the travel and tourism industry.

The conference was held November 7-9 at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota.

7 Orlando tech startups to pitch at Starter Studio demo day

Seven Orlando tech startups that participated in the first Starter Studio accelerator class will showcase products and solutions to an audience of about 200 tech enthusiast, peers, civic leaders and investors on Wednesday night in downtown Orlando.

Starter Studio is a three-month mentor and program-driven accelerator for Orlando technology startups. The program is a project of Envy Labs and Code School.

TapShield raises $600K equity round

Orlando-based mobile safety platform TapShield has completed a $600,000 equity round.

TapShield's enterprise mobile safety applications help citizens collaborate with police to build safer communities. The mobile safety application, available on Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry, acts as a personal emergency device that provides instant two-way communication with first responders.

Google brings back accelerator to Miami

newmePopup-gfe-smSAN FRANCISCO, CA - NewME Accelerator is seeking local startup rock stars to participate in the Miami PopUp Accelerator this fall. In partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, NewME PopUps bring together entrepreneurs working on innovative technology products for an in­depth, high­intensity weekend of collaboration and production.

The three ­night event takes place September 27­-29 will feature coaching from NewME experts and a two-­part workshop titled “The Art of the Pitch” which provides secrets to a perfect pitch to investors and how to stand out among other entrepreneurs. The weekend culminates with “Demo Day,” a night where startups will network with key players in Miami’s tech scene, special guests from Silicon Valley, and ultimately pitch their idea to a panel of judges that consists of local and Silicon Valley investors.

Team behind One Spark crowdfunding festival establishes KYN accelerator program

KYN Logo transparent 150wJACKSONVILLE - This week the KYN accelerator and apprenticeship program, founded in partnership with STACHE Investments Company and One Spark, opened its doors in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Led by Elton Rivas, Shay Arnett, and Dennis Eusebio, the program launches with four companies in its inaugural class, all of whom were participants in this year’s One Spark crowdfunding festival.

The group includes Pure Treats, Floppy Entertainment, Original Fuzz, and Hatchware. All are receiving KYN funding and will be participating in the 16-week accelerator program. The accelerator plans to support other One Spark creators, as well, some of whom have already been in talks with leadership. A partnership with The University of North Florida forms the basis of the apprenticeship program, which will operate in conjunction with the accelerator program. Apprentices are UNF students with design and development skills who are looking for real-world experience. They’ll be working alongside companies going through the accelerator program with the KYN team.