Pick The Right Problem To Solve – Interview with Chris Whitlow

By: Josh Wilson

Pick The Right Problem To Solve – Interview with Chris Whitlow

 
 
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About Chris:

Chris Whitlow is the founder and CEO of Edukate, a workplace financial wellness provider on a mission to give every person access to expert financial guidance. Chris works with the Edukate team to solve problems that ease the financial stress most Americans experience each day. Using cutting edge technology, Edukate helps employers provide the best financial wellness benefits, thus helping employees manage their financial stress, increase their productivity, and live happier healthier lives.

Prior to starting Edukate, Chris spent 10 years as an institutional retirement plan consultant for UBS and Morgan Stanley, managing over $2.5 billion in Institutional Assets, servicing more than 50,000 participants.

In 2006, Chris built the Regent Crown Group, a fiduciary consulting firm, which notably provided the highest standard of fiduciary care prior to the formation of the Pension Protection Act. Regent Crown transitioned to UBS in 2008.

Chris has earned the CRPS® designation from the College for Financial Planning in 2009 and the AIFA® designation from the Center for Fiduciary Studies in 2006. Additionally, he has completed level I of the Chartered Financial Analyst Exam and studied music and theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.

About Edukate:

Edukate amplifies financial wellness efforts through data-driven insights and solutions. Edukate’s platform drives user engagement, scales with any size organization, and integrates with your existing benefit providers and other 3rd party solutions to meet individual needs. Edukate is a one-stop destination for employees, providing guidance for challenges they are currently facing, and connecting them with the employer benefits that matter to them most— all while cultivating a culture of positive financial awareness.

How to connect with Chris:

https://twitter.com/teamedukate/

https://www.facebook.com/teamedukate/

https://www.linkedin.com/company/teamedukate/

Community Connector – Interview with Wendy Lyn Phillips

By: Josh Wilson

Community Connector – Interview with Wendy Lyn Phillips

 
 
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About Wendy:

Wendy Lyn Phillips is a natural born ringleader that inspires others to achieve personal and professional excellence. As a Maestro with 30 years as a business owner, she shares her business acumen for strategic development with organizations and leaders that want to be intentional about how they execute initiatives and programs.

She has been a part of numerous start-ups and has owned 5 companies including Wendy Lyn Unlimited; a company providing coaching services for individuals and teams that want to improve their brand identity, but most of her time now is devoted to providing a mobile platform for more streamlined marketing and communications to organizations that host events.

As a national speaker, best selling author, and TV Host, Wendy is most excited about her newest venture and partnership as President of Community Event Apps – a mobile technology business platform that promotes engagement, marketing support, and connections – making the attendee experience a more meaningful one. Her new role with CEA is proof that there is power in leveraging relationships. Her prior role in philanthropy allowed her to make the meaningful connections for this new opportunity in the tech space. She currently sits on the board at NAWBO Orlando as their Immediate Past President as well as on the national committee. She loves her rose and herb garden. She is a mom of a teen and tween, husband to Glenn for 24 yrs and helps him run their custom home building business, and has been a true entrepreneur for at least 40 yrs. In her down time, she enjoys cooking, traveling & shopping.

Her motto? Love People – Use Things

How to connect with Wendy:

www.CommunityEventApps.com

https://www.facebook.com/CommunityEventApps/

www.Instagram/CommunityEventApps

How To Make The Party Better – Interview with Asia Hall

By: Josh Wilson

How To Make The Party Better – Interview with Asia Hall

 
 
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About Neon Cowboys:

Asia Hall grew up in Los Angeles California romanticizing western culture & dreaming of the countryside. Summers consisted of family road trips to Sequoia, line dancing in Pismo and working as a camp counselor in Germany. During college, Asia attended a country music festival and wanted to create something for the crowd to keep the party going even after sunset. Knowing that neon signs are symbolic in country music for having memorable nights. Asia envisioned wearable cowboy hats inspired to glow like neon signs.

About Asia:

Los Angeles born & raised, Asia Hall graduated from Westmont in Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Art. During college, she started her first international clothing brand, Once Youth, with her younger brother. After graduation, she landed QA Analyst II at Electronic Arts for their mobile game division. She is now the CEO of Neon Cowboys, a wearable tech brand who sells her patent-pending illuminated cowboy hats that glow in the dark like neon signs. And is the Co-Founder of WETESO (Wearable Tech Solutions), a consulting firm that partners with researchers, scientists and inventors in developing consumer tech products and bringing them to market. Asia has a lot to share with the world as she continues to create bringing life, joy, and fun to her companies and those around her.

How to connect with Asia:

www.neoncowboys.com

http://www.neoncowboys.com/

www.instagram.com/neoncowboys

http://www.instagram.com/neoncowboys

www.asiahall.com

http://www.asiahall.com/

www.instagram.com/asia.hall

http://www.instagram.com/asia.hall

How to Find a Mentor – Interview with Kaitlyn Study

By: Josh Wilson

How to Find a Mentor – Interview with Kaitlyn Study

 
 
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About South Street & Co. :

South Street & Co. was established in 2015 to help small businesses grow their reach online through website design, social media, SEO, email marketing and design work. We take pride in being transparent and walking our clients through projects. Our goal is for you to be satisfied, enriched, and excited about the new piece of your company we created for you through our marketing strategies.

About Kaitlyn:

Kaitlyn Study was introduced to marketing early in college, but that wasn’t the original plan. While studying physical therapy at the University of Central Florida, it dawned on her that sales and marketing was her calling. With some thought, she changed her major to marketing. She now describes marketing as, “The colorful side of business.”
Her first introduction to marketing was as the Director of Marketing for a large dermatology group in Orlando. Over the two and a half years with them, Kaitlyn launched a sunscreen product and helped the dermatology group double in size. Learning all types of inbound and direct marketing, Kaitlyn decided she could do this for other business and the idea of South Street & Co. was born. Kaitlyn and South Street & Co. focus on helping clients with website design, social media, review marketing, blogging, SEO and email marketing, just to name a few.
Aside from marketing, Kaitlyn is involved in the NAPW, a member of the Thornton Park District and the Downtown Orlando Partnership as well as a member of multiple networking groups in Orlando.

How to connect:
https://southstreetmarketing.com/

https://southstreetmarketing.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SouthStreetCo/

https://www.instagram.com/SouthStreet_Co

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaitlyn-m-cook/

 

Most Influential Woman in Payments – Interview with Suneera Madhani

By: Josh Wilson

Most Influential Woman in Payments – Interview with Suneera Madhani

 
 
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About:

Suneera Madhani, Fattmerchant’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer, is a payments and technology innovator who has catapulted her business idea from startup to processing over 2 Billion in payments — disrupting the payments ecosystem as we know it.

Fattmerchant has revolutionized the payments landscape — challenging the status quo with its transparent, subscription-based model and unifying the payments experience through integrated processing platform solution called Omni.

Under Suneera’s strategic leadership, Fattmerchant has reached record high numbers since its existence; attaining triple-digit growth year after year, scaling operations in multiple cities across the United States, raising 10M in venture capital, and employing close to 100 individuals.

A visionary leader, Suneera is pivotal in creating value for her stakeholders, members, and employees. Her focused execution, passion, and unwavering determination has been well-integrated into the company’s mission and product resulting in a thriving culture that fosters purposefulness, growth, and inclusion.

She’s been recognized as 2018 The Most Influential Woman in Payments (Payment Source), CEO of the Year (Orlando Business Journal), Top 40 Under 40 (Orlando Business Journal), Young Entrepreneur of the Year (IACC), 2015’s Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Orange County and as a Rising Star for her proven leadership and commitment to the community.
Suneera is a regular contributor to the Forbes Young Entrepreneur Council and has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Yahoo Business, Tech Crunch, Huffington Post, and the Orlando Business Journal.

In addition, Fattmerchant has won a number of awards, including the 2016 Startup of the Year at the Bright House Regional Business Awards, Orlando Business Journal’s 2016/2017 Best Places to Work, and Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Top 100 Companies among others.

How to connect with Suneera:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/suneeramadhani/
https://fattmerchant.com/
https://www.instagram.com/mombossblog/

Neighborhood Matchmaking – Interview with Cole and Chris from Sensarie

By: Josh Wilson

Neighborhood Matchmaking – Interview with Cole and Chris from Sensarie

 
 
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About Sensarie:
 
Imagine this, you’ve just accepted your dream job and you can’t contain the excitement. All those years of hard work have finally paid off! The only catch is that the job is in another state, Orlando, FL and besides having been to Disney World a few times, you don’t know much about the city. A mild worry sets in, where are you going to live? You start to google, “best places in orlando fl”, “orlando fl neighborhoods”, “where to live in orlando?” and you dread the amount of research this problem is going to require to find a good answer.You want to live in an area that fits your lifestyle but where to even start?
 
Start with Sensarie.
 
Sensarie is a neighborhood matchmaking platform which uses an advanced algorithm to match movers with neighborhoods that best fit their lifestyle. Sensarie was started by a few Orlando locals who have a passion for technology and solving real estate based problems. When movers use Sensarie it reduces stress, saves time and ensures they find the right neighborhoods before moving.
 
About Cole:
 
Cole serves as the CEO and front end developer of Sensarie, along with battling the endless amount of random tasks associated with a startup. He attended UCF where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance. After graduation Cole worked as a corporate financial analyst while getting his side hustle on with various startup ideas. He currently contracts part-time as a financial analyst while growing Sensarie into a self sustaining business.
 
About Chris:
 
Chris is an urban planner by training and a GIS analyst by profession.  While most of his educational background involves the social sciences, he has spent many years working in engineering.  As such, he enjoys solving qualitative problems using quantitative approaches and data.  In his spare time, he likes hiking, kayaking and programming and various other outdoorsy and nerdy pursuits.
 
How to connect with Sensarie:
 
Website: https://sensarie.com/?utm_campaign=orlando-entrepreneurs
 

The Game of Life- Interview with Waymon Armstrong

By: Josh Wilson

The Game of Life- Interview with Waymon Armstrong

 
 
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Waymon Armstrong, CEO & President of Engineering & Computer Simulations

Waymon Armstrong is the founder and CEO/President of Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc. (ECS), a company that is recognized as both a pioneer and visionary in simulation and training products and services. His goal is to ensure every client receives innovative products and services that maximize workforce potential, whether the desired outcome is safety-focused or improved performance.

Armstrong is well-known in the MS&T industry and has been consistently recognized for his community contributions, entrepreneurship and business leadership by customers, the community, private industry and trade organizations. He is a frequent speaker at global, national and local conferences, including keynoting at I/ITSEC and MODSIM WORLD, and speaking at the Florida Simulation Summit, Orlando Business Journal Technology Panel, Associated Industries of Florida 2016 Health Summit and others. He has also chaired the Orange County (Florida) Mayor’s Modeling, Simulation and Training Blue Ribbon Commission, Leadership Orlando – Class 92 and Orlando, Inc. He has been honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalist four times; Florida Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Person of the Year, I-4 Business Entrepreneur of the Year and Orlando Business Journal CEO of the Year, as well as numerous other distinctions locally, regionally and nationally. In addition, he serves as a board member and Chairman’s Council Chair of GrowFL and on the University of Central Florida Research Foundation board.

Armstrong is a long-time Central Florida resident and enjoys reading, outdoor activities and travelling with his family.

About ECS

ECS is an award-winning global services and solutions company that is headquartered in Central Florida, with a second office in Huntsville, Alabama. ECS specializes in training, technology, and consulting services across a wide range of platforms that support aviation, aerospace, healthcare, and other industries. Its diverse portfolio includes 2D and 3D visualization as well as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality to produce immersive and relevant advanced learning technologies and services for both government and commercial clients. The ECS services, support, and staff augmentation teams place experienced and relevant personnel, including instructors, operators, and staff, with the joint military services throughout the U.S. and internationally.

How to connect with ECS:

http://www.ecsorl.com/  

https://www.linkedin.com/company/engineering-&-computer-simulations/

https://www.facebook.com/ECSORL/

https://twitter.com/Ecsorl

https://www.youtube.com/user/ECSORL

How to Connect with Waymon:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/waymon-armstrong-7a21a2/

https://twitter.com/WaymonArmstrong

https://www.facebook.com/waymon.armstrong.9

https://www.growfl.com

Mastermind Director – Interview with Krista Inochovsky

By: Josh Wilson

Mastermind Director – Interview with Krista Inochovsky

 
 
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Combining professionalism, flair and empathy, Krista Inochovsky is a visionary and client-centric professional recognized as highly-adaptable and an influencer. Krista serves as the facilitator for the Orlando Entrepreneurs Mastermind groups (more information to come).

As a Mastermind Facilitator for motivated professionals, Krista sets the stage for peers to achieve accelerated growth and personal transformation. Throughout the year she travels across the US and Canada with Jay Fiset, a world renowned mastermind trainer. Jay Fiset picked Krista out of hundreds to work for him as a strategic coach for the entrepreneurs at his many events. Krista was sought out to teach video courses for Wisdom Times on the topics of mastermind, mindset, productivity and more.

Throughout the years, Krista has been involved in local & national associations that support entrepreneurs and women in business as an active member and/or guest speaker including NAWBO, FemCity, weVenture, and is an Athena NextGen alumni. She has been the guest expert on FOX 35 News and presented topics on the Mindset for Entrepreneurial Success at Starter Studio, UCF Incubator, WE Athena and The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) & Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Central Florida. Krista’s talents are highlighted as she works on the human side of businesses emphasizing personal development, mindset and creating work/life harmony.

How to connect with Krista and learn more about our mastermind program:

https://www.facebook.com/kristainochovsky/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristasky/

http://kristainochovsky.com

https://www.orlandoentrepreneurs.org/masterminds/

How to Compete on Purpose- Interview with Thomas Waterman

By: Josh Wilson

How to Compete on Purpose- Interview with Thomas Waterman

 
 
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About Thomas:

Thomas’ why led him on his own growth journey, where he leaned in to face his fear and misalignment in life. This meaningful self reflection inspired him to quit his job and immediately pursue his purpose. The entrepreneurial route became his path to find meaningful work and fulfillment in daily life. He chose a direction and aligned everything in his life with it. This alignment inspired wholeness and purpose within him. His growth year led him to fully realize the power of putting purpose first with everything
he thought, said, and did. This realization empowered him to co-found Purpose Pioneers, where he serves as the Chief Purpose Pioneer. Purpose Pioneers empowers forward-thinking leaders to systematize purpose into their business so they can scale their culture,impact, and profit. Thomas is a Co-Organizer for TEDxOrlando, Co-host of the #MANIFESTMONDAY Show, Board Member of the 15 Lightyears Foundation, Industry Fellow/Entrepreneurial Coach for the Blackstone Launchpad at the University of Central Florida, the largest university in the country, Mentor for the Valencia Promise Program, and an Alumni of Starter Studio, Orlando’s leading tech business accelerator, where he founded his first venture, BackStory. the story

Thomas’ background is in self-awareness, effective communication, and purpose-driven business, and leadership development. He specializes in asking damn good questions, helping leaders see their super powers, and empowering them to lead businesses that help people find meaning in their work & positively impact the world.

How to connect with Purpose Pioneers:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/purposepioneers/

Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-purpose-driven-leader/id1408854597?mt=2
www.purposepioneers.com

How to connect with Thomas:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomaswaterman18

https://www.facebook.com/tomwaterman

Orlando Tech Community Support Pilot Program – Grant Awardees Announced

By: David Brim

The City of Orlando has committed $65,000 to support local startup and tech events around our community. This Orlando Technology Community Support Pilot Program was administered by the Orlando Economic Partnership and voted on by a group of local tech leaders.

Today OEP announced the 16 winners!

 

To the City of Orlando & Orlando Economic Partnership: Thank you for taking the initiative and launching this pilot program to fund these wonderful local startup & tech events. It is a step in the right direction to advance our startup ecosystem. We at Orlando Entrepreneurs will be committed to supporting these various events, as well as other great entrepreneur support organizations across our ecosystem. Hopefully this grant program will increase overtime after demonstrating ROI and become a regular line item each year.

To the grant winners: First off, Congratulations! I have attended many of your events around the community and found them to be valuable. I also have the privilege to know many of you event organizers personally and am thankful to call you friends and close acquaintances. Know that we at Orlando Entrepreneurs are here for you – If there is anyway we can help support your organization, or specific events please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We maintain a Cross-Ecosystem Events Calendar at: www.OrlandoEntrepreneurs.org/events/ that auto-populates based on Meetup Events, or a public Google Calendar. We also have a resource center www.OrlandoEntrepreneurs.org/resources/ that lists many entrepreneur support organizations and events. If you do not have a profile already, please reach out to us (or me personally) and I will ensure that we create one for you.

To the Orlando Entrepreneurship Community: Be sure to support these wonderful events around town and get involved. We also encourage you to utilize us as a resource to help connect with the right resource or event at the right time depending on your type of business and stage (visit our resource center, or calendar). We also maintain an Orlando Entrepreneurs Podcast where we feature local entrepreneurs and provide a platform for them to tell their stories, share lessons learned and help our community learn more about their business.

With that said…I am very excited about this initial pilot program and to see the great momentum that we as a community harness from the spark to advance our entrepreneurs, their companies and our local economy.

Now on to the winners…

Orlando Tech Community Support Pilot Program Winners

Central Florida Showcase ($10,000)- October 4, 2017 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Guidewell Innovation, Lake Nona Target audience: Accredited Investors that are currently making investments Expected attendees: 100 *The feedback we have received from investors is Florida so spread out that making a trip to see enough companies to make it worth their time is too time consuming. On a practical level, this event allows investors to come to one event and see a dozen investable companies in one day, where they can fly in and out from our easily accessible airport the same day.

Indie Galactic Space Jam ($10,000)- This event serves to bring in all parts of the community to connect on the topics of Space & gaming regardless of whether you are a developer or rocket scientist. Open to truly anyone that is intellectually curious and to spread knowledge of the impact that space and gaming technologies can do for all of us.

OrlandoiX ($10,000) – OrlandoiX is the Southeast’s Largest Gathering of Creators in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Video Games, and Digital Arts. Open to professionals and consumers alike, OrlandoiX sits at the intersection of creativity and immersive technologies, bringing together creators, investors, influential brands, and tech enthusiasts for industry-leading keynotes, speaker presentations, interactive exhibits, gameplay, and networking. OrlandoiX 2018 will be held August 17-18 at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. Attendees Include Game Developers, Virtual & Mixed Reality Developers, Digital Artists, Designers, Venture Capitalists, Sound & Audio Engineers, Entertainment Media Students, Creative Directors, Executives in Digital Media. Some attendees are seasoned experts – while others are just getting started. 2,000+ attendees are expected for the 2018 event.

Startup Weekend Orlando ($6,200) – Startup Weekend Orlando is a 54-hour event planned for Friday evening November 16th through Sunday evening November 18th, 2018. The event will take place at the Catalyst coworking space in downtown Orlando on the 5th floor of the One South Orange Building at 1 S. Orange Ave. The target audience is entrepreneurs interested in learning how to start their own company, as well as entrepreneurial enthusiasts who are interested in engaging with the community. Specifically, the targeted audience includes Orlando-based entrepreneurs, developers, designers, engineers, community influencers, investors, and other business professionals interested in supporting our local community. Last year 85 people attended our event without any funding assistance, this year we are projected to expect 100 – 150 attendees.

Press Play Conference: Games & Accessibility ($5,000)  – The 2nd Annual Press Play Conference: Games & Accessibility with be held at UCF Downtown at the Center for Emerging Media and Orlando Marriott Hotel on Saturday January 19, 2019. The target audience is students (families) with disabilities and facilitators of the exceptional education community. The number of attendees is expected to be 150-200 participants and 40-50 volunteers and supporters.

Catalyst Startup Coalition ($2,700)  – Throughout the year the CSC will offer an ongoing series of monthly programs open to the Orlando entrepreneurial community on topics germane to high-growth entrepreneurs growing and scaling their startups. In addition, the group will offer open office hours as well as pitch review sessions. The dates for these monthly events are TBD. The location will be at the coworking space Catalyst in downtown Orlando. The target audience is high-growth entrepreneurs growing and scaling their startups.

Orlando Coworking Week ($2,450) -Orlando Coworking Week is planned for May 13 to May 17, 2019. The event will take place at all of the participating coworking spaces. In 2018 these were Catalyst, COLAB, Orlando Games Space, ScribbleSpace, and StarterStudio. The target audience includes entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, and creative professionals. Last year about 100 people attended the week without any funding assistance. Next year, with funding, we expect the event to attract 200 attendees.

The Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference ($2,650) -The Tech Sassy Girlz Day Conference is scheduled for Saturday, 10/2018 from 10am – 4pm at UCF’s College of Engineering & Computer Science. Our target audiences are girls in middle and high school and their parents. The conference was created to improve awareness of education, career opportunities and services for middle and high school girls by increasing participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in STEM. With the support of the Orlando Tech Pilot grant, TSG can reach more “girlz” this year. We anticipate hosting 125 girls and introducing them to various computer science, engineering and tech concepts. Additionally, funding for this conference will allow us to host at least 30 parents of the “girlz” who are not aware of the lack of women in STEM professions and what career opportunities are available. This will allow them to experience first hand what their daughters will learn at the conference. The conference also includes a UCF Campus Tour.

Stetson University’s Annual Tech Faire + Hackathon ($2,000) – Stetson University’s annual Tech Faire + Hackathon is a weekend event with an overnight coding session hosted by Stetson’s Math and Computer Science department. Attendees build apps, services, hardware integrations, virtual & augmented reality experiences, and we have hosted hackers from: UCF, UF, FSU, FIU, ERAU, UM, FGCU, FAU, FIT and Florida Polytechnic University. Our next Tech Faire + Hackathon will be in April of 2019. We expect more than 300 attendees, including hackers, graphic designers, engineers, app developers, and more. We also expect to attract a significant number of beginning coders by providing 101 crash courses in coding languages and adding opportunities to win prizes. We are plan to hold the event in the Edmunds Center, a 5,000 -seat multi-purpose arena at Stetson University, with ample space and classrooms for attendees to connect personally with Stetson’s faculty and event sponsors.

Venture Scale Up Orlando Angel Investing Forum ($2,000) – The VSU Orlando Angel Investing Forum is an all-day event: Date: TBD – targeting October 2018 Location: TBD – targeting University Club, Citrus Club,The Mezz, Orlando Science Center, UCF Executive Development Center Target audience: By invitation only, Orlando accredited investors Number of attendees expected: 100

B.O.T. Community Development Program Black Orlando Tech aka B.O.T. ($2,000) – The B.O.T. Community Development Program comprises in-person, engaging meetup events consisting of local tech leadership talks, tech-focused workshops, and tech professional development activities. These events happen on a monthly recurring basis with a target audience of ALL local professionals who have an interest in the subject matter or activity being facilitated.

Build to Stay: Orlando Innovation Challenge ($2,000) –  Our community should not focus on building businesses that can only grow if they leave Orlando so at OTAB we are proposing a challenge called “Build to Stay | Orlando innovation Challenge”. This goal of this challenge is to provide solutions through technology for the following focus areas; Smart City, Sports Entertainment, Healthcare, Hospitality, Gaming, and Education. The participants from surrounding areas will have 60 days to build viable solutions for these themes. We will be offering a prize of $10,000 to the winning solution. This prize amount and the allotment of 60 days to come up with a viable solution will allow teams to deliver some exceptional solutions. The finalists will present their solution to the judges and the entire tech community during tech week in October. Our goal at OTAB is to make this the largest demo day in Orlando each year. The “Build to Stay” challenge will become an annual challenge and celebration.

IMMERSE Innovation Expo ($2,000) – The IMMERSE Innovation Expo is a public-facing experience that showcases the innovations of tech innovators from across the region. There are 4 primary engagements to create compelling, “wow” moments for the 40,000 guests of IMMERSE 2018, on October 19-20 : 1. Compelling Demos : Orlando’s tech companies demonstrate the innovative tech they are working on in a publicly accessible way. 2. Art and Tech : Showcasing artists who use programming and math to create real-time interactive projection installations. 3. Large -Scale Projection Installations : Work with industry partners to create large-scale projection installations on buildings in Downtown Orlando both before and during the annual IMMERSE event. 4. Game-play Experiences and Competition : Working with some of our tech partners in the gaming space, we will showcase the innovations in gaming taking place in Central Florida.

Indienomicon Pro-Series ($2,000)  – Indienomicon proposes to develop a “Pro Series” of game development workshops and Open Forums around advanced topics to support 2nd stage development. These events would be held in a variety of formats and would act as an additional series on the top of the traditional Indienomicon Meetups. We have learned over the past several years that the needs of growth-stage game development studios are more specialized from traditional startup companies.

NEXUS Orlando Events ($2,000)  – Update on what’s driving innovation in your region + showcase metrics and success stories (presented by City/OEP), pitch event for investors (2 -3 full company pitches, 1-2 elevator pitches), networking with expo area, dinner nearby. NEXUS commits to promote the event, to line up the companies pitching, to bring in the investors, to coach the companies presenting, and to coordinate next steps between companies, investors, and referrals. The City of Orlando and the OEP can support by convening the conversation, bringing in new relationships, sponsoring the NEXUS to conduct the above logistics for each event, and event promotion. NEXUS will also conduct educational workshops to better inform both investors and entrepreneurs in order to facilitate the deployment of capital.

nonPareil Orlando Autism Training Program ($2,000) – nonPareil Orlando will offer a self-paced training program for adults with Autism. We train our students to build digital products through courses in 3D modeling, animation, programming, level design, etc. These courses are taught 1:1 or in a small group environment. Students are also taught life skills and work -readiness skills. We are looking for space in a central location in Orlando, with access to housing, transportation, and shopping for our students, many of whom do not drive. our target audience must be at least 17 years of age; or a Senior in high school; or have completed high school, have an official diagnosis of Autism, possess fundamental communication skills, does not require 1:1 intervention and/or prompting for safety, behavioral support or comprehension.