MIAMI - St. Louis-based non-profit LaunchCode is expanding to Miami, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, to address the issue of brain drain in South Florida’s growing tech community. LaunchCode matches technologists with local companies through paid apprenticeships. The Knight Foundation is investing $1.25 million, over three years, to support LaunchCode’s Miami opening early next year.
MIAMI - The Florida Venture Forum, a statewide support organization for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs has released a partial list of mid-to-later-stage, Florida-based companies that will present their company pitches at the 2015 Florida Venture Capital Conference.
HOLLYWOOD - ALTPAY, a South Florida-based startup mobile payment company has received a $1 million equity investment from two family office investors.
ALTPAY markets its mobile payment service in the United States to regional and mid-market retailers, including supermarkets, grocers, pharmacies and convenience stores. They will launch in Latin America in the first quarter of 2015.
MIAMI - South Florida-based firm Medina Capital announced today it has closed their new private equity fund with total committed capital of US $182 million for high-growth tech companies.
As reported in The Starting Gate, the fund’s typical investment size is $10 million to $20 million and it will invest in early growth-stage companies in cyber-security, big data, mobility and cloud computing — “the infrastructure side of technology.” That’s according to founder and tech pioneer, Manny Medina.
MIAMI - The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation gave $1.5 million to the eMerge Americas conference Tuesday to help the event build hype around the South Florida technology scene.
"We are looking to use the funds to help us market eMerge Americas and Miami's tech hub on a global scale," eMerge Americas executive director Xavier Gonzalez said.
ORLANDO - The Orlando City Council today voted to approve new rules that allow ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft to operate here legally.
Eleventh-hour negotiations led City Hall to relax some of the council's earlier proposed regulations — including forcing the companies to charge more than taxis.
ORLANDO - Starter Studio has selected eight innovative companies for its third accelerator class, which will kick off on January 5th at the Canvs coworking space in downtown Orlando. Starter Studio is a three-month program that surrounds startup tech companies with an extensive mentor network in a highly collaborative coworking environment where companies can help each other grow.
JACKSONVILLE - One Spark executive director and COO Joe Sampson will be leaving One Spark to pursue other opportunities the crowdfunding festival announced.
Sampson has served as executive director since the inception of the annual crowdfunding festival which began in 2013. CEO and co-founder Elton Rivas will step into the role of interim director while Joe transitions out at the end of 2014.