Opinion: Pitch night a much- needed collaboration as Orlando tech seeks new ‘normal’

Opinion: Pitch night a much- needed collaboration as Orlando tech seeks new ‘normal’

I need to get two things out of the way . Drive-in Pitch Night had its flaws. Also, it did not show that pitch nights were “better than ever,” as the Meetup.com invitation boasted. I mean, pitch nights represent my...
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Epic grant helps Talon, partners cross funding gap on VR

Epic grant helps Talon, partners cross funding gap on VR

Orlando tech company Talon Simulations has been working in VR for several years. But CEO Brandon Naids says being on that cutting edge can present a challenge when trying to raise money. They need funding to build but investors often...
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The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

The seven startups pitching at Drive-in Pitch Night on Friday

A small semblance of normality – albeit in an altered state – returns Friday when seven local startups participate in Drive-in Pitch Night. The event will give young companies a chance to share what they are working on and receive...
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Orlando-area seed investment group finalizes founders, seeks to invest in local startups

Orlando-area seed investment group finalizes founders, seeks to invest in local startups

An investment fund that has put money into a handful of Florida tech companies – including one in Orlando – has its initial founding group. The 14 founding members of SeedFundersOrlando include several entrepreneurs with early stage business experi...
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Startups to head downtown for unorthodox drive-in pitch night

Startups to head downtown for unorthodox drive-in pitch night

It’s going to be unfamiliar. It’s going to be a challenge. But at least it’s going to be a pitch night, an event that helps young companies gain much-needed exposure. Starter Studio has partnered with Project Orlando, the Orlando Economic...
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Lake Nona biotech lab will help expand cancer-treatment research, trials

Lake Nona biotech lab will help expand cancer-treatment research, trials

A new medical lab in Lake Nona will help in the effort to expand treatment and trials for cancer research. The biotech company behind the lab, Protean BioDiagnostics, moved there in January. The company will hire between 12 and 15...
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Using simulation, UCF simplifies what could have been chaotic COVID-era check-ins

Using simulation, UCF simplifies what could have been chaotic COVID-era check-ins

UCF turned to simulation software to simplify what could have been a chaotic check-in when students returned to campus this month. The results appear to have been a success. A survey distributed to students found 97.3 percent satisfied with the...
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Luminar Technologies to go public after merger with special acquisition company

Luminar Technologies to go public after merger with special acquisition company

The autonomous vehicle firm Luminar Technologies will merge with special purpose acquisition company Gores Metropoulos. The company will trade on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol LAZR. A press release that announced the deal placed its value at $3.4 billion....
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Event spotlight: Full Sail University’s Tech Tuesday

Event spotlight: Full Sail University’s Tech Tuesday

Full Sail University recently launched a tech discussion series to highlight its alumni network to share career and industry information. Tech Tuesday brings together alumni working in specific sectors for an hourlong chat for a virtual roundtable. “I ap...
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Orlando’s Engineering & Computer Simulations lands work with Morocco’s military

Orlando’s Engineering & Computer Simulations lands work with Morocco’s military

The Royal Armed Forces in Morocco hired an Orlando defense firm to provide training software and support last month. The business Engineering & Computer Simulations near UCF landed the work under the Joint Conflict and Tactical Simulation deal. The deal...
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