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Orlando's innovation community.


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Our newsletter promises to keep you informed about the latest tech, startup, and innovation news and events in Orlando.  We will bring you our analysis and opinions as well as those from guest authors from the innovation community. Our newsletter is powered by Orlando Venture Sourcing. Please signup if you haven't already done so and forward this newsletter to your friends.

Weekly Spotlight

Catalyst Workspaces Closes

You may have wondered what happened to Orlando Venture Sourcing over the last two months.  It has been a rather tumultuous and emotional period for your author as we closed our coworking space Catalyst Workspaces.  Our new landlord did not want to renew our 5 year lease for the same reason we ourselves were questioning going forward. There is now a tsunami of coworking space opening in downtown Orlando (including WeWork's 70,000 sq. ft. of space on Church Street) that will take years to fill and be challenging to operate profitability.

Catalyst Workspaces was founded in a much different time in Downtown Orlando with a business model of serving its members with workspace and a platform to grow, improve, and scale their businesses through its community and events, resources, and network of advisors and investors. Catalyst’s efforts won a Downtown Orlando Partnership Golden Brick Award for Community Engagement.

Catalyst served over 300 members and 100 startups and was the home of over 200 community events, bringing experts, thousands of people, and innovative ideas and conversations into the downtown Orlando area. Catalyst was also the Orlando home to national entrepreneurial organizations including Startup Grind Orlando Powered By Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando.

Catalyst helped revitalized Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando and saw the winning startup two years in a row go on to win the Techstars Global Startup Weekend. Catalyst hosted major national hackathons including the AT&T Mobile App & IoT Hackathon and the Telecom Applications Developer Hackathon.

Catalyst hosted VentureScaleUp, a free 3-month cohort-based mentorship-driven advanced business accelerator focused on identifying, nurturing, and accelerating high-growth entrepreneurs. The VentureScaleUp program provided high-growth startups with mentorship, strategic advice, and inspiration through its all-volunteer mentor network of role models, investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. VentureScaleUp offered entrepreneurs extensive access to Florida angel, seed, and early-stage capital funding sources. 40 startups participated in 6 cohorts, resulting in graduating companies raising over $10M in investment capital. 

I am proud of the welcoming community we created in downtown Orlando where entrepreneurs could be productive and creative, make connections and collaborate, and grow and scale their businesses.

Plenty of tech events to choose from this week and lots coming up in the weeks ahead

With the summer coming to a close and Dorian gone, we're back just in time to let you know about a week chock full of tech events and more on their way this fall.  A list of this weeks events can be found below.  Future events can be found on the Orlando Venture Sourcing website.


Many of you have asked me, what's next?  Well, I am partnering with Dave Chitester, founder of Florida Funders and SeedFunders in Tampa Bay, to create an invest group to fund scaleable pre-revenue technology startups here in Orlando. As many of you know there is an investment gap here and these tech startups must rely on small investments from founders, family, friends, and individual angel resources to grow their business to a stage of repeatable sales where later-stage investment funds like DeepWork Capital, venVelo, Florida Funders, New World Angels, and Tamiami Angel Fund are interested in investing.  Interested in learning more?  Check out our website or email me directly.

Welcome to our inagural sponsor - Informulate

Informulate is an Orlando innovation consulting firm that employs Lean and Agile methods in software development. Founded in 2006, Informulate’s mission is to deliver measurable business impact to its clients through the innovative application of software.  Rajiv Menon, Informulate's founder, is a well known supporter and promoter of Orlando's tech community.  You can meet him at his Lean Startup Orlando event at Pipeline Workspaces Wednesday evening. Thank you for your support Rajiv!

Events This Week

Monday - Founders Talk: Justin Mitchell – From Sofriendly to YAC 5:30 pm-7:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Monday Operations and Inspirations at September ODevs 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at Full Sail Live
Tuesday - Ignite the Night ORLANDO 6:00 pm-9:00 pm at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Tuesday - Administrator Training by Black Orlando Tech 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Wednesday - 1 Million Cups - Orlando 8:00 am-10:00 am at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium
- Legal Series: What Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know to Startup their Startup 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Wednesday - Lean Startup Orlando: Learn the tools of innovation, or risk failure - Blaire Martin & Vanessa Zabala 5:45 pm-7:45 pm at Pipeline WorkSpaces
Friday - 4th Annual Central Investor Showcase 10:00 am - 4:30 pm at Guidewell Innovation Core

Find event details and upcoming events at Orlando Venture Sourcing

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