Orlando startup to appear on Peacock this week

An Orlando entrepreneur will appear on Comcast NBCUniversal’s upcoming three-part series “Founding in Color,” which looks at the often-unique challenges faced by minority entrepreneurs.

Maryann Kilgallon has been part of Orlando’s tech ecosystem for several years while building her child safety company Pink Lotus Technologies.

Maryann Kilgallon Photo by Kahleel "AyooKanon" Frazier
Orlando entrepreneur Maryann Kilgallon will appear on a Peacock show this week.
Photo by Kahleel “AyooKanon” Frazier

The show will begin its second season on Thursday. Kilgallon is one of 11 founders set to be highlighted in the series.

Pink Lotus developed a wearable connected child safety device that incorporates a mobile app and sends user information to emergency services with a button.

The idea for the product called POMM is to keep children connected with parents and others that are designated through a simple communication interface.

A Comcast Cable executive said the program, along with its “Road to Rise” program, showcase its commitment to lifting up diverse entrepreneurs.

β€œAt Comcast, we are committed to amplifying the voices of diverse founders – during Black History Month
and throughout the year – through various avenues,” said Loren Hudson, Senior Vice President and Chief
Diversity Officer Comcast Cable, in a press release announcing the show.

New grant for Orlando tech companies

The Orlando Economic Partnership announced a new grant from the City of Orlando that will help the tech community.

The Orlando Technology Community Support Grant Program will provide funding to programs and activities that enhance the region’s tech scene.

Interested programs should apply at the website for the program HERE.

The City of Orlando’s grant program will fund $65,000, which will be divided between four winners. Last year, seven programs were awarded a total of $67,820 to seven programs.

Applications are due Feb. 28 with awards expected to be doled out my March 14.