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Weekly Spotlight

Rise of the Rest Florida Road Trip News: Orlando received most applications and pitch venue set


The Orlando entrepreneurial support system flooded all communication channels with notices to startups to apply to the ROTR Seed Fund competition before last Monday's midnight deadline. Orlando’s startups responded! Orlando's competition received 152 applications  – more than received by any of the other regions on this ROTR trip.

The ROTR judges will now evaluate the applications and downselect to 8 finalists - they will be announced on April 1st and will pitch in Orlando on April 29th.  In related news, the ROTR team searched Orlando for the right venue for their pitching event.  Looking for something that would complement the event, and bypassing the obvious Dr. Phillps as not being the right look and feel, they have selected the Cheyenne Salon and Opera House on Church Street in downtown Orlando.

Five Orlando startups named Cade Prize Sweet 16 Finalists

The $50,000 Cade Museum (in Gainesville) Prize, now in its 10th year, recognizes early stage inventors and entrepreneurs in Florida with ideas that demonstrate innovation, large potential impact in the world, and market credibility.

I'm happy to report that the Cade Museum has 5 (more than from any other city) innovative startups from Orlando in their Sweet 16 Finalists list - and three are commercializing UCF technology:

  • Capacitech Energy: High-power, high-density conductor that increases battery life and capacity. (Commercializing UCF technology)
  • Locus Agricultural Solutions, LLC.: “Agriculture Probiotics” that improve crop yields.
  • Nano Discovery, Inc.: Blood test that detects immune activity and early stage infection in livestock (Commercializing UCF technology)
  • Path Optical Systems, Inc.: Small and affordable fiber optics that transport information at the speed of light.
  • Thor ORE: Portable, environmentally safe filtration system for mining of multiple precious metals. (Commercializing UCF technology)
I firmly believe that startups that leverage our local technology and talent, like these Sweet 16 Finalists, are key to bringing more VC investment to Orlando.

Events This Week

Monday - StarterStudio Founders Talk: Jim Gale – Who Wants to Change the World? 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Tuesday - Vue.js Orlando: Intro to Vue.js and i18n 7:00 pm-9:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Wednesday - 1 Million Cups - Orlando 8:00 am-10:00 am at Rollins College, Bush Auditorium
Wednesday - StarterStudio Free Coworking Day @Downtown 9:00 am-5:00 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Wednesday - Orlando Women in Digital March Open Meetup: Presentation at Work 6:00 pm-8:30 pm at StarterStudio Downtown
Wednesday - Black Orlando Tech (BOT): Tech In Africa...Building Wakanda! 6:00 pm-8:00 pm at Credo CONDUIT
Wednesday - iOS Orlando: March Meetup - Count Back From 100 6:30 pm-8:00 pm at Sight Plan
Thursday - Third Thursday Free Coworking Day + Happy Hour @5 pm @CatalystSpaces 9:00 am-6:00 pm at Catalyst Spaces
Thursday - 5 Week Leadership Series with Tech Founder Sam Tarell 12:00 pm-1:30 pm at StarterStudio Downtown

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