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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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.

Jacksonville's KYN accelerator to showcase startup class at Demo Day 2013

KYN Logo transparent 150wJACKSONVILLE – KYN, an accelerator and apprenticeship program for start-ups, is hosting a Demo Day for the companies in its 2013 fall accelerator class on Thursday night at the Jacksonville Main Library in downtown Jacksonville.

The evening will be an opportunity for the start-ups from the accelerator to network with local investors, and for Jacksonville business leaders to generate new support and plan for the expansion of the city’s start-up community.

Creator registration opens for One Spark 2014

one spark 2014 creatorregistration opens

JACKSONVILLE - Got a project or startup that needs funding? Apply now to showcase your idea at One Spark 2014 to be held April 9 - 13 in downtown Jacksonville.

The One Spark crowdfunding festival is a five-day event for artists, entrepreneurs and innovators, who will display projects the need funding in a 20-square-block, multi-venue gallery in downtown Jacksonville.

Hollywood's Prolexic acquired by Akamai for $370 million

prolexic logoHOLLYWOOD – Akamai and Prolexic Technologies, announced today that the two companies have signed a definitive agreement for Akamai to acquire Prolexic, a Hollywood-based provider of cloud-based security solutions for protecting data centers and enterprise IP applications from attacks.  

Under terms of the agreement, Akamai will acquire all of the outstanding equity of Prolexic in exchange for a net cash payment of approximately $370 million, after expected purchase price adjustments, plus the assumption of outstanding unvested options to purchase Prolexic stock.  The closing of the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, is expected to occur in the first half of 2014.

2014 Cade Museum Prize seeks applicants, $50K up for grabs for tech innovation

Cade museum logoGAINESVILLE - The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention invites applications for the 5th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize competition. The Cade Museum Prize, open to all Florida residents and Florida-based companies, rewards innovation and invention from entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors.  

The Cade Museum Prize awards both cash and in-kind incentives to academics, entrepreneurs and proof-of-concept or early-stage companies for advancing creative ideas into the marketplace. Judges will look at how creative and innovative idea is, what demonstrable change the invention will have, and how far away the invention is from being a commercially viable product or service.