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StarterStudio Executive Director Donna Mackenzie Hands Off Leadership to Lilian Myers

StarterStudio Executive Director Donna Mackenzie leaves to launch new venture, longtime board member Lilian Myers to serve as interim executive director ORLANDO, Fla. – After four and a half years as StarterStudio’s executive director, Donna Mackenzie is handing off the organization’s …
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Demo Day Recap: StarterStudio

Recap by Kim Johnson Thank you to the organizers, sponsors, and community for putting together such a powerful event on Monday night. For me, as a new addition to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Orlando, this was such an eye-opening experience. Not only were there innovative ideas being presented, but the…
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Celebrating 100 Employees and Continued Growth: Fattmerchant

Fattmerchant, Orlando’s fastest-growing payment technology company, celebrates reaching 100 employees. They’ve come a long way since they launched in 2014 where CEO and Founder, Suneera Madhani, was one of only two members on her staff. Fattmerchant got started when Madhani decided that merchants deserve better. She said, “This company was…
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Synapse Orlando Event Recap

A message from David Brim: I want to give props to everyone that came together to make the Synapse Orlando event a great success. Thank you Sheena Carlisle Fowler, Vanessa Zablabla, Tim Giuliani and everyone at the Orlando Economic Partnership for all your hard work in planning and promoting. Thank you Synapse Florida team and volunteers. I really…
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But first, let me take a Selfie, at Wall Crawl Orlando

It’s time to re-vamp your Instagram with some photo [worthy] shots! Orlando welcomes Wall Crawl, a new photo studio on Church Street. Offering more than 20 creative backdrops, Wall Crawl gives you the opportunity to snap the impeccably unique picture. There’s plenty of space for you to take selfies, portraits,…
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Congratulations to Capacitech Energy for Winning 2nd Place at Florida Venture Forum

Congratulations to Capacitech Energy LLC for receiving 2nd Place at the Florida Venture Forum (2019). Founded by CEO, Joe Sleppy, Capacitech Energy is an Orlando-based company that specializes in advanced energy storage technology. Capacitech Energy’s cable-based capacitor technology (CBC) is an energy storage component that is unique because it looks like a wire and…
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Orlando startup scene builds momentum as Rise of Rest finalists compete for $100k

Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, is visiting cities around the country to find markets ripe with entrepreneurial talent that have been left behind by the greater tech investment community. At each stop local entrepreneurs pitch to win a $100k investment. Case and his team visited Orlando as their first stop on their road trip to see…
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O’Dang Hummus founder, Jesse Wolfe, shares his experience with entrepreneurs seeking to grow with Walmart

We received an update from local food entrepreneur Jesse Wolfe this evening, which can be seen below. It is great to see how he and his business, O’Dang Hummus, is progressing. Several months back Jesse sat down with Josh Wilson, our podcast host for an interview that you don’t want…
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Capacitech Energy Gains Momentum after Funding from Varnadore Financial

We are excited to share that local energy startup Capacitech has received funding from Varnadore Financial. We received word about this funding from Joe Sleppy, CEO of Capacitech Energy, and learned more from a press release published on the UCF Incubator website (content included below). Congrats Joe and team! Keep rocking and making…
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WAWWE, Healthy-living App Wins 2019 UCF Joust Venture Competition

Senior Rafaela Frota developed the idea for Wawwe, Inc. (We Are What We Eat) when she was 14. Now she's achieved major praise for her nutrition-assistance app .
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