Crowdfunding Roundup: Marbel, FreeWavz, iCloak score big on Kickstarter

Written by David Glass.

Kickstarter LogoORLANDO - Several Florida projects have recently scored big investments on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. They range from a electric skateboard to wireless earphones with integrated health monitoring to a online privacy tool.

All the projects more than exceeded their funding goal.

Florida ranks #2 for tech job growth

Written by David Glass.

videogame1ORLANDO - In just the first six months of 2014, Florida has created nearly as many tech jobs as the state did in all of last year.

Florida has already added 4,100 tech jobs compared to 4,500 jobs created for all of 2013.

That ranks Florida 2nd nationally for tech job creation, according to a new report from Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals.

Tech hiring and availability of professionals has become a campaign issue during the gubernatorial election. The focus for Florida, like many states, is on growing tech workforce and starting young with techCAMPs as one initiative.

New Statewide Tech Association Launches

Written by David Glass.

Florida tech council TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Technology Council, a newly-formed association that is focused on the needs of the technology sector, today launched its campaign to advocate on behalf of the information technology industry in the State of Florida before the Legislative and Executive branches. Additionally, the FTC debuted its website and social media components that will accompany its overall effort.

“We are proud to announce our new association and its digital presence,” said Claudia Davant, chair of the FTC. “Coming together under the banner of the Florida Technology Council, it is our hope that our diverse membership will further our mission of being the unified and trusted voice state government can rely on when it comes to the technology sector in the State of Florida.”

Venture Forum Announces Presenting Startups for Seventh Annual Early Stage Conference

Written by David Glass.

floridaventureforumMIAMI – The Florida Venture Forum announced its selection of 20 Florida-based companies to present and two Florida-based companies to exhibit at its Seventh Annual Early Stage Capital Conference. The event takes place May 15 at the Reunion Resort in Orlando.

The 20 companies, considered among the state’s best early stage prospects for equity financing, will each deliver six-minute presentations to an audience of venture capitalists, private equity investors, angel investors, investment bankers, financial intermediaries, and entrepreneurs.

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