Full Sail University recently celebrated its second anniversary of its partnership with ESPN and the opening of the new on campus Sports Media Lab powered by ESPN. Full Sail University president, Garry Jones; Josh Mora, Director of Sports Marketing and Media Degree Program, and David Saphirstein, Director of Creative Technology at ESPN share their thoughts on the benefits of the program.
Mark Schaub of the Orlando Science Center gives FTJ a recap of Otronicon 2013, a showcase of interactive technologies developed in Orlando.
Otronicon is the Science Center’s largest annual event with an average of 2,500 visitors each day – more than 10,000 guests for all four days. Children experience science and tech careers through the appeal of video games, interactive technology and virtual reality.
ORLANDO - IFM Ventures announced that it has invested $200,000 in venVelo, a venture fund and business accelerator headquartered in Winter Park. IFM’s investment in venVelo follows that of Oakstone Holdings.
venVelo focuses on early-stage investments, it invested in flexReceipts in late 2012.
Richard Licursi, CEO and co-founder of venVelo says “venVelo welcomes this investment from IFM. It will offer IFM access to our deal flow and gives us additional funding as we move ahead in building out our portfolio,” said Licursi.
ORLANDO - For the eighth consecutive year, multiple industry partners join Orlando Science Center to celebrate the role interactive technology plays in the way we live, learn, work and play during Otronicon hosted on January 18–21.
This year, partners including EA SPORTS, University of Central Florida and Florida Hospital for Children demonstrate Orlando’s impact on the world of entertainment, simulation, education, training, health care and more.
ORLANDO - Bitcoin payment processing firm, BitPay has taken their first outside investment by closing a seed round totaling $510,000. Investors include Shakil Khan, Barry Silbert, Jimmy Furland, Roger Ver, and other angel investors known for seeking out innovative technology companies. One Investor, Roger Ver, paid his investment contribution using bitcoins.
Over the past year, BitPay has seen transaction volume accelerating with average quarter-to-quarter growth of 50% over the past four quarters. The total dollar value of all orders processed by BitPay in 2012 is over $3 million, and all orders were paid using bitcoin. Bitcoin is the innovative digital currency that is being adopted worldwide.