Education & Ecosystem

Orlando leads nation in job growth

Orlando ranked No. 1 in the country for job creation

Gallup has ranked the Orlando metro area No. 1 in the nation for highest rate of job creation in 2015. Orlando has been in the top five for Gallup’s ranking, but this is the first No. 1 ranking in recent years. Orlando edged out Austin, Salt Lake City, Louisville and San Francisco for the top […]

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Made in Orlando

Orlando International Airport to feature local artisans

Nearly a dozen Central Florida artists and small-business owners will get to show off their products and services to millions of travelers at the Orlando International Airport. Airport board members on Wednesday unanimously approved a measure that will convert 14 retail kiosks into spaces for some of the region’s budding entrepreneurs. “It’s a tremendous opportunity […]

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Magic Leap in Florida Funding Round

Florida-based Magic Leap lands $793.5 million in mega-funding round

Magic Leap’s future is coming into focus, as a historic mega-round of funding could sharply accelerate its path to commercialization. The secretive South Florida technology company working on a computing platform that simulates reality has raised $793.5 million in a new round of venture capital financing led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. In the […]

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Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship Program for Veteran now accepting applications

New statewide initiative offers accelerated entrepreneurship education to Veterans at no cost The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, a new statewide initiative that offers qualified veterans the opportunity to receive an accelerated entrepreneurship education at no cost, is now accepting applications. The pilot program will begin its first phase in March. The program is available to […]

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Starter Studio Orlando Tech Accelerator

Starter Studio grads now employ more than 100 in Orlando

Officials with Orlando’s Starter Studio said last week that graduates have raised a combined $3 million and have employed more than 100 people since it opened its doors in 2013. The news comes as the downtown program prepares to welcome its fifth class of startups, a group that will include businesses in the wearable, travel and […]

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Orlando top boom town for 2016

Orlando ranked #1 Boom Town in Florida

Orlando is ranked as top Boom Town in Florida and is in the top 20 nation wide Which cities have the best chance to prosper in the coming decade? The question is a complex one, and as the economy changes, so, too, will the best-positioned cities. To identify the cities most likely to boom over […]

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Florida Venture Forum 2016

The 2016 Florida Venture Capital Conference happens this month

        The Florida Venture Forum is holding its 25th Annual Florida Venture Capital Conference on January 28 – January 29, 2016 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg, FL. Additional VC events are scheduled for January 27. The Florida Venture Capital Conference showcases 20-25 later stage, high growth private companies before an audience […]

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2016 Orange County Economic Summit

2016 Orange County Economic Summit Deadline

The Mayor’s annual Economic Summit was launched in 2013 following a series of nine economic and job summits designed to examine the area’s varied needs. Those meetings, held in 2011 and 2012, focused on key geographic regions and industries such as life sciences, clean technology and international trade. The 2016 Summit will feature Orange County’s […]

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Americans are choosing Florida

Florida become top destination for relocating Americans

When the U.S. economy slowed during the recession, so did one of the major demographic shifts of the last several decades. For a brief respite, the Northeast and Midwest stopped shedding quite so many residents to the burgeoning Sun Belt. That trend, though — which has big consequences for politics, among other things — has been picking back up. New […]

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UCF Downtown contribution

UCF Downtown receives its first major pledge

The University of Central Florida officially has its first big donation for the creation of a downtown Orlando campus. The Orlando Magic have donated $1.5 million, Chad Binette, university spokesman, told Orlando Business Journal. This is the first major private donation of the $20 million fundraising effort of the UCF Foundation. “A strong, vibrant, dynamic […]

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