eMerge Americas takes over Miami in June 2017

What: eMerge Americas

When: June 12-13, 2017

Where: Miami, FL

eMerge Americas, the B2B tech event of the Americas is an action-packed conference—where ideas flow freely and innovation rules. Discover the latest technology trends right on the EXPO floor. Be inspired by global thought leaders. Engage with buyers, entrepreneurs and investors from across the Americas and the rest of the world. With summits, networking events, startup competitions and more, eMerge is where you go to connect. And like every great journey, it will leave you changed.

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Tallahassee Innovation Partnership promotes entrepreneurial growth

The Tallahassee Innovation Partnership, or TIP for short, is facilitating collaboration between startups, nonprofits, government, universities, and more to promote entrepreneurial growth in Tallahassee.

The overall goal of the initiative is to “facilitate business relationships between local institutions and local entrepreneurs; build a forum for decision-makers to provide useful feedback on local products and services directly to entrepreneurs; and leverage the ideas and innovations from local startups and small businesses to help local institutions address their most pressing challenges” (Tallahassee Democrat).

Learn more about TIP here.


Tech ecosystem development and job creation in Miami

Tech pioneer Manny Medina will lead a new multinational data center and cybersecurity company based in Miami.

Medina Capital, a Miami-based private equity firm led by Medina, and global private equity firm BC Partners are forming a new venture in a $2.8 billion transaction combining a worldwide network of data centers with cybersecurity and data analytics companies, the firms are expected to announce on Friday.

The new company will have more than 1,000 employees. It’s too early to say exactly how many jobs will be in South Florida, but it will be a strong presence, Medina said.

Learn more here.


Startup Week takes Tampa Bay

What: A weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation.

When: February 13-17, 2017

Where: Tampa Bay, FL

Startup Week™ brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together over five days to build momentum and opportunity around your community’s unique entrepreneurial identity. Join in a celebration led by entrepreneurs and hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces you love.

Learn more here.


Northern Florida collaboration helps tech startups

Domi Station in Tallahassee and TechFarms in Panama City Beach have partnered up to bridge the gaps faced by startups.

Going forward, TechFarms and Domi Station will be collaborating to better connect the resources and ecosystems of Panama City and Tallahassee and will be looking for ways to assist entrepreneurs. One obstacle limiting nearly all startups in the region is access to capital. To help address this situation, Millaway is launching TechFarms Capital, an angel investment fund whereby accredited investors can pool their capital to invest in promising early stage ventures.

Learn more about Domi Station, TechFarms, and their collaboration.


Innovation Coast Presents 2017 Innovation Awards

When: April 12 and 13, 2017

Where: Pensacola Beach, FL

Take your business invention from inception to commercialization by participating in the Innovation Awards contest – the most lucrative business plan competition and capital acceleration opportunity in Florida. If your company has a product or service that can demonstrate leverage opportunities and create pathways to robust local job creation, you may have what it takes to compete for cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

Learn more about the event here.


Fort Lauderdale Presents SUP-X: The StartUp Expo 2017

When: March 6-7, 2017

Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL


A two day international conference and expo that attracts 1500+ startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors and related service providers from throughout North America.

  • Intensive workshops taught by successful entrepreneurs and investors on practical topics to help you launch and scale your startup
  • Over a dozen panels comprised of 50+ investors and entrepreneurs from throughout North America discussing relevant topics of interest to entrepreneurs and investors alike

  • A startup competition with $50,000 in cash and prizes and free exhibition booths for the top 50 semi-finalists
  • Over 100 exhibitors

Learn more here. 

Hurricane Matthew pounded NASA and SpaceX buildings in Florida — here’s what some of the damage looks like

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When asked about the storm’s damage and impact to its already delayed launch schedule, a SpaceX representative told Business Insider in an email: “Hurricane Matthew caused some damage to the exterior of SpaceX’s payload processing facility at Space Launch Complex-40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The company has a ready and fully capable back-up for processing payloads at its SLC-40 hangar annex building.”

See the rest of the story at Business Insider


Magic Leap on the latest craze and why starting a company in Florida is ‘like a badge of honor’

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Magic Leap took the stage at a Fortune conference in Aspen on Tuesday afternoon, wowing the audience with a four-second-long video in which a life-size whale splashes through the air of a school gymnasium.


Fly me to the moon: New space firm expands to Cape Canaveral

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A California-based commercial space company is helping refurbish a couple of old, inactive launch complexes in Cape Canaveral to prepare space missions to the moon.

Moon Express Inc. announced July 12 that it reached an agreement with U.S. Air Force 45th Wing — known as Cape Canaveral Air Force Base — to license the use of launch complexes 17 and 18 for its lunar lander development and flight test operations. Moon Express CEO Bob Richards announced the plan to more than 300 attendees at the National Space Club Florida committee luncheon on the Space Coast.