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:
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.
- 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)