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Jax Accelerator seeks startups

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Film highlights Orlando as tech hub

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South Florida working toward tech hub status

SFTAsmall2MIAMI - South Florida's technology industry is at a turning point, poised for rapid growth, observers say.

To ensure the industry stays on course, the nonprofit South Florida Technology Alliance is launching a new campaign this week to raise the tech sector's profile inside — and outside — the region.

But increasing awareness is not the only mission. Greater collaboration between existing technology companies and programs is critical to bringing in new companies, startup capital and tech professionals to the region, industry members say.

Google may relocate recently acquired Channel Intelligence

google-logosORLANDO - Four months after acquiring a local Internet-software company and establishing a potential toehold in Central Florida, Google Inc. may already be pulling up stakes and moving the operation elsewhere.

Since Google's $125 million buyout of Channel Intelligence Inc. in February, some key employees of the Celebration-based company have already taken jobs with other tech companies, and more are expected to leave in the coming months. And there is other evidence that Google may be moving the business, which specializes in online-shopping and e-commerce software, out of Florida.

Kony scores $18.3M round from Telstra Ventures

KonyLogoORLANDO - Orlando-based mobile platform and application development firm, Kony Solutions, announced today that it has completed a Series D round of financing from Telstra Ventures for $18.3M. The companies also jointly announced that they have entered into a reseller partnership, enabling Telstra to resell Kony’s solutions to its large established customer base.

Kony will use part of this Series D funding to further its expansion into the Asia Pacific market, develop its cloud business by investing further in product development, marketing, sales and operations, and accelerate growth in the U.S. Additionally, the reseller agreement between the companies will allow Telstra to provide added value to its enterprise customers through its cloud hosting solutions, infrastructure and other services, extending Kony’s reach into the important APAC region.

Knight Foundation fuels Refresh Miami with $150K grant for startup growth

refresh-miamiMIAMI – Refresh Miami, a nonprofit that fosters entrepreneurs and tech innovators in South Florida, will expand to help develop Miami as a leading startup community with $150,000 in support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Since its founding in 2005, Refresh has brought together thousands of people through monthly meetups and networking events aimed at bolstering Miami’s tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem; it currently has 5,000 members. Building on this success, the Knight grant will go toward creating opportunities and resources that connect, educate and inspire Miami’s growing community of entrepreneurs.  

Miami's eMerge Americas Tech Convention gaining International Interest

eMerge-americasMIAMI - Manuel D. Medina, who has worked to organize a Latin America-centric tech convention in Miami Beach since selling Terremark Worldwide to Verizon for $1.5 billion, said several countries want to participate — including Argentina, Colombia and Chile.

He also said China has an interest in joining the eMerge Americas event, which is scheduled to run from May 4-6.

Tampa's SiteWit Reels in $1.5 Million Round

SiteWit170TAMPA - Search engine marketing automation and website engagement firm, SiteWit announced that it has raised over $1,500,000 in new equity capital from investors including Stage 1 Investors through Jon Gordon, Managing Director of Stage 1.

SiteWit provides small to medium sized businesses with tools that enable them to efficiently market their websites themselves on Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Yahoo which result in higher conversion ratios of website visitors to customers and sales growth.