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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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.

Orlando Tech Association gets city funding to promote tech growth

orlandotechORLANDO - At Monday's city council meeting, newly-formed nonprofit Orlando Tech was approved as the City of Orlando’s first E-Street, a designation through the City’s successful Main Street program. As an E-Street, Orlando Tech will receive annual funding from the City and will hire a full-time executive director.

“Orlando Tech, Inc. will participate in the E-Street Program as a virtual community district with the objective to make Orlando a city where tech companies choose to locate and the digital workforce thrives,” read today’s city council agenda summary.

At last month’s State of the City address Mayor Dyer announced that Orlando Tech would become the City’s digital main street. Since then, the organization has created executive and advisory boards composed of individuals with a wide range of tech experience and areas of expertise.

Orlando's TapRide acquired by DoubleMap

tapride logo indexORLANDO – DoubleMap, an Indianapolis-based transportation software company, today announced it has acquired Orlando-based TapRide, an on-demand, ride hailing and dispatching system. The acquisition will enable DoubleMap to provide a single solution for real-time mobile mapping, ride hailing and vehicle tracking for public transportation and any organization which moves passengers.

IZEA Closes $12 Million Private Placement

IZEA logo aORLANDO - Sponsored social media firm, IZEA has closed a $12 million private placement of common stock and warrants.

Pursuant to the terms of the private placement, the IZEA has agreed to sell an aggregate of approximately 34.2 million shares of common stock at a price of $0.35 per share.  Investors will also receive warrants to purchase up to approximately 17.1 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.35 and warrants to purchase up to approximately 17.1 million shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.50.

Starter Studio Tech Accelerator gets ready for Second Class

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ORLANDO - Florida Technology Journal has been following Starter Studio from the very beginning.  See video of Gregg Pollack discussing the launch here.

Starter Studio plans on doing the same this next round by providing startups with education, mentorship, legal and financial resources, networking opportunities, and the right culture to help innovative solutions grow for three months.

Top minds to speak at One Spark 2014

One Spark Logo Horizontal BlueJACKSONVILLE -  The One Spark crowdfunding festival, announced the lineup for their 2014 Speaker Series lineup that takes place at the annual April 9 - 13, 2014 festival. Keynote speakers for this year’s series are Scott Stratten, world-renowned social marketing expert and president of Un-Marketing from Toronto, Canada, and James White, accomplished artist and designer and founder of Signalnoise Studio from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

$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.