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Weekly Spotlight

Orlando's Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition Finalists

The ROTR judges have completed their evaluation of our record 152 startup applications and have selected 8 finalists for their $100K pitch competition being held at the Cheyenne Salon and Opera House on Church Street in downtown Orlando on April 29. Registration here.

Orlando area entrepreneurial support organizations who select and judge startups to participate and win in their competitions and programs should be gratified to know that these outside ROTR judges are validating their selections: three finalists are Rollins Venture Plan Competition winners or finalists, three are graduates of VentureScaleUp, two are graduates of StarterStudio, and two are or have been part of the UCF Business Incubator program.

Competition finalists are:
  • AireHealth | AireHealth is revolutionizing care management and drug delivery for respiratory illness via a connected-portable nebulizer. The company just won the Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition and currently participates in the University of Central Florida Business Incubator Program.
  • Alertgy | (Melbourne) | Alertgy has developed a non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitor and alert system and is a 2018 graduate of VentureScaleUp.
  • Doghead Simulations | Doghead Simulations creates rumii, a social-virtual reality platform that enables people to educate and collaborate in a 3D virtual environment.
  • Edukate | Edukate is a financial wellness platform that empowers employees with personalized financial benefits and guidance. The company recently graduated from StarterStudio, which also provided seed fund investment.
  • FleetZoo | FleetZoo is a platform that delivers increased profitability to fleet owners in the services and last-mile delivery space. The company is a 2017 graduate of VentureScaleUp, won the Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition last year, is a spinoff by a graduate of the UCF Incubator Program (Productivity Apex).
  • InitWeather | (Melbourne) | InitWeather uses artificial intelligence to develop more accurate weather forecasts for the energy and financial industries.
  • Millebot | Millebot designs and builds a giant containerized 3D printer for on-demand production.
  • Pangian | Pangian is a social network powered by artificial intelligence for millennial telecommuters. The company was a finalist in the 2018 Crummer Rollins Venture Plan Competition and is a graduate of both VentureScaleUp and StarterStudio, which also provided seed fund investment.

Digital Orlando 2019 This Wednesday

Digital Orlando 2019 is this Wednesday from Noon to 7 pm at the Orlando Science Center. The event will include both conference sessions and an expo. The conference sessions will have a series of discussions on growth, innovation, culture, industry development, challenges, and future. The expo features a showcase of emerging technologies, startups, community organizations, educational resources, service providers, and support organizations.

I'm honored to be participating as one of the panelists on the "Building Orlando's Tech & Innovation Economy" panel at 4 pm moderated by Dale Brill, Senior Vice President, Orlando Economic Partnership. Fellow panelists include Carol Ann Logue, Office of Innovation & Partnerships, UCF, Ben Patz, Managing General Partner, DeepWork Capital, and David Glass, Founder & Producer, OrlandoiX. I'm looking forward to a forthright discussion and hope to see you there!


Rally Spring 2019 Showcase This Wednesday

Rally: The Social Enterprise Accelerator will be showcasing the four companies that have progressed through its current cohort this Wednesday at 5:30 pm at 1010 West. The nonprofit and for-profit companies presenting include Batterease, Holding Space, Timbua Health and Community Connections Transportation. All are social enterprises with multiple bottom lines, and each will present for an opportunity to receive a $25K investment to continue their work.

Events This Week

Tuesday - Orlando Open Coffee Club 9:00 am-10:00 am at Catalyst Spaces
Wednesday - 1 Million Cups - Orlando 8:00 am-10:00 am at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium
Wednesday - Digital Orlando 2019 12:00 pm-7:00 pm at Orlando Science Center
Wednesday - Rally Spring 2019 Showcase 5:30 pm-8:00 pm at 1010 West
Thursday - 5 Week Leadership Series with Tech Founder Sam Tarell 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Friday - Launch Now Bootcamp: 4 Week Program @Downtown 1:00 pm-5:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown

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