Orlando compromises, approves new rules for Uber, Lyft to operate legally

Written by Mark Schlueb, Orlando Sentinel.

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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.

Starter Studio Tech Accelerator Announces Third Class of Startups

Written by David Glass.

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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.

Indienomicon 2014 showcases Orlando's high growth indie game industry

Written by David Glass.

Kunal Patel, co-founder of Indienomicon and founder of Phyken Media gives us the recap on Indienomicon 2014.

The second annual event drew over 350 independent developers and gaming enthusiast to downtown Orlando's Melrose Center. The expo portion showcased over 30 game projects made by indie game developers, students and small studios.

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.   

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