Starter Studio, Canvs seek $500K grant to fund Orlando tech startups

Written by David Glass.

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ORLANDO - It was announced today that Starter Studio and Canvs are working together to seek grant funding to help establish a second-stage accelerator and seed fund in downtown Orlando. The new fund, called StarterCorps, would fill a gap in early-stage funding for tech startups in the Central Florida area.

The federal Economic Development Agency grant would provide for the expansion of Starter Studio to include more advanced programs and resources, as well as the creation of an evergreen fund for new tech companies. Starter Studio recently announced that UCF Venture Lab's former director Kirstie Chadwick will lead the third class, and that the accelerator will move to a new home at the Canvs tech coworking space in January.   

Knetik Media closes $1 Million financing

Written by Abraham Aboraya, Orlando Business Journal.

knetik-media-identity-mainORLANDO - Knetik Media has raised $1 million in financing, the company announced August 11.

Knetik, which offers the Knetik Platform to monetize and distribute content in the video, broadcast, magazine and game publishing industry, raised $800,000 in capital and $200,000 in debt conversion in a deal that formally closed June 30.

Canvs opens its doors to tech startups, coworking

Written by David Glass.

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ORLANDO - This morning the Canvs downtown coworking space officially opened its doors to coworkers. The nonprofit coworking community accommodates 164 coworkers, with a specific focus on technology startups. The mission of Canvs is to make it easier for anyone to start and grow a company in Orlando. The organization will accomplish that goal by providing startup companies with flexible workspace options, mentorship, programming, and regular events.

Zynga's Orlando studio to develop Tiger Woods, NFL games

Written by David Glass.

zynga-logo1ORLANDO - Zynga has announced a new division called Zynga Sports 365. The company is developing mobile games for football and golf and has signed former Tiger Woods for a game to be released later this year. Tiger Woods was the brand name for Electronic Arts' PGA Tour golf games from 1998 through to 2013, when he was dropped by the publisher.

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