Florida talks a technology game but fails to fund it

By | July 14th, 2017|Florida, State or Government|

The impact of Gov. Rick Scott’s veto of a line-item in the state budget last month is already rippling through the South Florida tech community.

The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research was slated to receive $5.5 million to provide seed funding to startups. That was one of the […]

South Florida Startup Ecosystem Continues Pattern of Growth and Investment

By | June 15th, 2017|Florida|

Nearpod, an education-technology startup, keeps outgrowing its Aventura offices.

“We have been doubling the company every year — in people, revenue, users, all the key metrics,” said Felipe Sommer. He co-founded the company with Guido Kovalskys and Emiliano Abramzon, three Argentine friends who have worked on ventures together for more than a decade. Nearpod now […]

FSU faculty win GAP awards to take science from lab to market 

By | June 15th, 2017|Florida|

Three Florida State University faculty members will receive financial support from the university to transport their innovative research from the laboratory to the marketplace.

The Office of the Vice President Research will split a pot of $110,000 among three researchers to build a new education application, a technology to track ocean currents […]

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with FireSpring Fund to Invest $1 Million Toward Innovation and Job Growth

By | February 8th, 2017|Accelerator/incubator, Florida|

FireSpring Fund, a nonprofit accelerator of early-stage technology companies in Central Florida, has been selected by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to receive $1 million to invest in promising new technology companies to help jump-start a thriving Volusia County-based innovation corridor.

“Embry-Riddle is committed to giving back to the local community by partnering with forward-thinking organizations like the […]

StartUP FIU Pitch Day brings early-stage ventures to investors 

By | December 9th, 2016|Accelerator/incubator, Florida|

More than 300 came out to StartUP FIU’s first-ever Pitch Day on Tuesday, where entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to present their ideas to a group of angel investors and venture capitalists.

Of the startups that took the stage, five were invited to continue in investor discussions

The companies include:

  • Bid Aero, a […]

The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research Funds USF Ovation Diagnostics

By | August 19th, 2016|Florida, State or Government|

 The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that it has finalized a funding agreement with Ovation Diagnostics, a Boca Raton-based company with technology developed at University of South Florida. […]

Florida Institute -Funded Companies Selected to Present for $150K

By | May 3rd, 2016|Florida, Startup Fund, Venture Capital|

 The Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research (the Institute) announced today that four of its funded companies have been selected to present at the Florida Venture Forum’s 9th Annual Early Stage Capital Conference being held at the Hilton Carillon […]

Dr. Mao receives UF Informatics Institute Seed Fund grant 

By | April 11th, 2016|Florida, Uncategorized|

Dr. Liang Mao just received a UF Informatics Institute Seed Fund 2016 grant for his new project “Developing temporally comparable high resolution rurality maps for social and health sciences”.

The project will run from September 2016 to August 2017. Dr. Mao will investigate the concept of ‘rurality’ has been widely used by policy makers and governments […]

FireSpring, Orlando local seed fund, gets $100K boost from Orange County - Orlando Business Journal

By | August 27th, 2015|Florida|

The Orlando startup community’s plan to create an evergreen seed fund to help early-stage entrepreneurs receive funding they need to grow their business just got a boost from the Orange County.

The Orange County Commission unanimously agreed to give the FireSpring seed fund $100,000 on Aug. 25. The fund is another step toward the seed fund’s […]

FL angel Investment network looks to bridge capital gap

By | June 24th, 2015|Angel, Florida|

Interest appears promising for an effort to amass investors seeking to fund high-growth start-ups in the capital region.

On Friday, a membership launch for Tallahassee’s new chapter of the Florida Angel Nexus attracted roughly 60 attendees, a mix of potential investors and professionals aware of financing challenges facing early stage start-ups.

Jason Stamm, an entrepreneur and founding […]