Innovation Hub USA

Cherry Bekaert – Perpetuating Success by Paying it Forward

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CHERRY BEKAERT

HELPING TAMPA BAY’S INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, AND PAY IT FORWARD.

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Dear Innovators and Entrepreneurs:

Congratulations on your decision to make Tampa Bay – and its thriving technology community – the starting point for your future growth and success.

I am Chris Rux, the Central Florida managing partner for Cherry Bekaert. We are a full-service accounting and consulting firm with a footprint throughout the Southeast.

Our Tampa team is engrained throughout all facets of our community – continuing a tradition of involvement and service that began at our origin as a successful hometown firm and extends into the present day.

We have been and continue to be energized by the ideas, talent, and enthusiasm found throughout the Bay Area and believe everyone benefits when we tap into and share our strengths with one another.

Cherry Bekaert team

How we help is just as important as the services we offer.

Expertise and resources are obvious reasons clients choose Cherry Bekaert. However, I would also suggest that how we honor our commitments is the reason our clients retain Cherry Bekaert for the long term and recommend us to others. 

Firm-wide, our shared values guide all of our interactions: Uncompromising Integrity, a Passion for Excellence, Mutual Respect, and One Firm.

I believe in these values and strive to live them daily. It’s a simple concept, but I can honestly say I’ve witnessed, time and again, how doing right by others positively impacts our working relationships and ripples throughout the community.

Perpetuating success by paying it forward.

Personally and professionally, I also firmly believe in the concept of Paying It Forward. This idea can take many forms, including time, talent, and treasure. It not only applies to special occasions and projects but – perhaps more importantly – to our ongoing, everyday interactions.

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Cherry Bekaert Team

Supporting civic organizations and addressing the needs of the greater community is one way to do this.

We recently held our annual volunteer week, where every person in the firm took a day off to give back to our communities. Locally, our Partners and Associates spent the day volunteering for three great civic organizations – Feeding Tampa Bay, Metropolitan Ministries, and Ronald McDonald House.

Beyond our obligation to our community, I feel it is equally important to realize that very few of us got to where we are without a little help. We’ve all had mentors, formally or informally, whether we realized at the time (or not). And we can return the favor by helping others as someone once helped us.

Pay It Forward! Mentor an up-and-coming person or company, recognize talent, offer opportunities, or impart experience. By sharing our know-how, successes, and failures – from generation to generation – we allow others the opportunity to succeed.

It all adds up.

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My challenge to you.

Let’s create a cycle of connection, collaboration, and success that allows your organization, other innovators, and our entire community to thrive.

I challenge you to share your time, talents, and treasure with others every day! Collectively, let’s leave a legacy that makes the Tampa Bay a better place tomorrow than it is today.

Our team at Cherry Bekaert is up for the challenge. The question is: Are you?

As you continue your journey, if there is ever any way I – or, by extension, our team at Cherry Bekaert – can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time.

Best,

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Christopher F. Rux, CPA
Managing Partner, Central Florida
Chery Bekaert LLP

Engineering & Computer Simulations – An Innovative Industry Leader

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ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SIMULATIONS

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An Innovative Industry Leader That Remains Ahead of the Technology Curve.

Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) is an award-winning global services and solutions company, specializing in training, technology, and consulting services. Headquartered in Central Florida since 1997, the company opened its second office in late 2017 in Huntsville, Alabama, to focus primarily on aviation and aerospace.

ECS serves a diverse client base that includes aviation, healthcare, and government programs and services. The common thread among these is the need to maximize workforce performance, reduce cost, or minimize staff turnover. The ECS portfolio includes 2D and 3D visualization, as well as augmented, virtual, and mixed reality, that prepares the U.S. military, first responders, and others performing critical job functions to perform effectively in high-stress, unpredictable work environments. The services, support, and staff augmentation team also hires and manages experienced personnel, including instructors, operators, and staff, for the joint military services who work in over 45 locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Among other emerging technologies, the company uses game-based simulations to replicate the real-world challenges that employees face in their job. This increased realism accelerates learning by allowing employees to repeat scenarios until they master the necessary skills. For example, ECS’ TC3Sim (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) uses story-driven scenarios to teach and evaluate a combat medic’s knowledge of essential tactics, techniques, and procedures through the use of an immersive virtual environment.

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Since its beginning, the company envisioned innovative, interactive ways of training early in the tech revolution – during a time when live-instructors and text-books were unshakeable norms. The uphill battle to create market acceptance tested the company to the limits at times. In a competitive market of established technology companies and large defense contractors, it took three years for ECS to land its first contract. Operating on the technology edge, ECS has remained vigilant in monitoring technology, understanding how it fits into the ECS mission and using it to improve performance for the military, first responders, other government organizations and commercial entities. Today, ECS is an established leader and trendsetter in its industry and the community.

ECS CEO and president, Waymon Armstrong said: “We attribute our success to agility and flexibility during challenging times. We frequently see fluctuations when government budgets are cut. During these times we’ve expanded our offerings and added technology and services. As we grow, we remain committed to our core values – innovation, inspiration, passion, and commitment to complete customer satisfaction and exceptional service – coupled with trust, authenticity and integrity. We’re extremely proud of the dedication and creativity of our team, and their work to support our Warfighters and first responders for over 21 years.”

Engineering & Computer Simulations CEO and president, Waymon Armstrong
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Armstrong believes that his commitment to the team and their loyalty in return is a key contributing factor to the company’s success. ECS is committed to integrating innovative technology, subject-matter expertise and research into projects that bring value and benefit to its clients.

Armstrong explains: “We built ECS by exploring and implementing new technologies that enhance training and we continue to lead the technology curve. Our innovative approach to just-in-time training with measurable analytics will advance the way we train our future workforce, including the next generation warfighter and first responders. We’re excited about what this will mean for our clients, as we are challenged to heighten availability and the effectiveness of training.”

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11825 High Tech Ave Ste 250
Orlando, Florida
Phone: 407-823-9991
Email: info@ecsorl.com
waymon@ecsorl.com

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Key Associates – Helping Leaders & Organizations Grow

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HELPING LEADERS AND ORGANIZATIONS GROW

KEY ASSOCIATES (KA) SERVES AS A TRUSTED ADVISOR AND PROVIDES PEER FORUMS, INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM EXECUTIVE COACHING, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS.

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Mary Key, Ph.D., President

One of our most innovative offerings is the Key Women’s Leadership Forum. The purpose of the women’s forum is to elevate the careers and lives of executive women through the synergy and support of like-minded peers. The participants focus on aligning mind, body, spirit and career with what is purposeful for them.

Our Story
KA has worked with Fortune 500 companies, Inc. 500 winners and government entities. Locally, we have served as coaches and facilitators to some of Tampa Bay’s best CEOs. In that work, we noticed that the dynamic of “it’s lonely at the top” brought entrepreneurs together because they could receive unbiased feedback and ideas from peer CEOs who had no other vested interest in an outcome aside from wanting to share their knowledge and experience with others. Noticing that women in leadership roles experience the same feeling of isolation at times, we started the Key Women’s Leadership Forum in 2014.

Another dynamic that we address in our forums is how to handle the pressure to perform. In 2016, KA conducted a survey of executive women in Tampa Bay. In our survey, about 50% of our 105 female executive respondents reported that pressure to perform is the foremost or second most important challenge in their careers. Comments in the survey often reflected that women feel a greater need to prove themselves at work.

We now have multiple Key Women’s Leadership Forums running facilitated by the KA team of certified executive coaches and expert facilitators. Our vision is to be the executive women’s organization of choice for leadership development in Tampa Bay and beyond. Seeing the support our members receive from each other and how they have reinvented themselves brings meaning to their lives, and ours.

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KEY ASSOCIATES program

Here are some of the program highlights:

• Peer coaching in a small group of other female executives and entrepreneurs
• Professional facilitation and support in a confidential setting
• Tools and strategies for success and fulfillment
• Monthly, half-day meetings with forum size of 8 – 12 women with quarterly individual coaching
• Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Retreat – a weekend away to spend together with your core Forum group
• Annual Key Women’s Leadership Forum Summit – a half day of learning and growing for all Forum members and invited guests

Here’s what some of our clients say:
“Being a part of the Forum has been a great way to get to know other women in leadership and form close relationships fast. The facilitation, introduction of tools, real-life discussions, and group problem solving are so helpful. Being able to candidly discuss and get feedback from other executive women in a confidential, secure environment is not easy to find.”
Kathy Killingsworth, VP, Governance, Compliance & Risk – Concerto, A DXC Company

“I’m excited about the Key Women’s Leadership Forum because it brings together like-minded women in leadership roles to share challenges and explore new possibilities. Ourcoaching work together has helped me grow as a leader and develop meaningful plans.”
Brooke Evans, CEO – CFO Alliance, Inc.

Milestones
KA has been featured in the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Dr. Mary Key, President, has been interviewed on Bloomberg TV, CNN and multiple media outlets around the country. Her blogs and articles have appeared in many publications and professional journals. Her most recent books include: CEO Road Rules and Rise: How Women Surface to the Top.

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Mary Key, Ph.D.
Email: mary@keyassociatesinc.com
Phone: 813-831-9500
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linkedin: in/marykey/
youtube: MaryKeyAssoc
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FCDI – THE FOUNDATION OF INNOVATION

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THE FOUNDATION OF INNOVATION

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THE FOUNDATION FOR COMMUNITY DRIVEN INNOVATION (FCDI) IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE SPIRIT OF INNOVATION THROUGH INSPIRING PROGRAMS, ACTIVE LEARNING AND ENGAGING HANDS-ON PROJECTS.

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FCDI’s mission is two-fold:

• To provide a training and talent pipeline for Science, Technology and Manufacturing careers in the Tampa Bay and Central Florida regions, with training and certification programs.

• To inspire young people to become STEM, Manufacturing and Industry leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based, diverse and inclusive programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership skills development.

The path forward is pure and simple: Collaboration in our communities – leveraging existing resources where possible, and in partnership with others, developing new avenues for success and economic impact where needed, with the conviction that we lift as we rise.

FCDI is a member of the federally created ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute, headquartered at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. FCDI works in partnership with the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, SOFWERX and other fine academic and corporate partners to help build capacity in youth through STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts & Math/Manufacturing) education projects and programs. This includes the annual ROBOTICON Tampa Bay event and the development of the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC).

Seeded by an Argosy Foundation grant, AMRoC will be headquartered in Tampa Bay and will feature:

• Industry standard manufacturing equipment, including CNC, milling, lathes, drill presses, etc.

• A full-scale permanent FIRST Robotics Competition field for high school level competitions, FIRST Tech Challenge field, for middle and high school programs and FIRST LEGO League playing tables for elementary and middle school programs.

• Hardware and software to support K-12 STEAM education through:

»» Professional Development for educators including Curriculum and Standards Alignment resources, training in Diversity and Inclusion in science, technology, and manufacturing education and more
»» Programming, design and engineering classes and training for youth
»» Kit and parts loans for teams and classrooms

Through our collaborative partnerships FCDI seeks to promote higher paying skill-based careers and learning opportunities to help people move from passive consumerism to active and productive creation that helps them, and helps us all.

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Industrious – A Premium Workplace Platform

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INDUSTRIOUS IS A PREMIUM WORKPLACE PLATFORM, BLENDING FIVE-STAR SERVICE AND STUNNING DESIGN TO PROVIDE AN UNPARALLELED WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE FOR ESTABLISHED PROFESSIONALS.

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Industrious co-working solutions

Founded in 2013 by Jamie Hodari and Justin Stewart, we make people excited and proud to go to work by enabling businesses of all sizes to deliver a welcoming, high-quality workplace. Outsourcing office solutions to Industrious gives companies a better, more flexible office space than they can create on their own.

Our Philadelphia location launched in May of 2015 and is located on the 17th floor of 230 South Broad, on the corner of Broad and Locust. The space is located near City Hall with lots of light and a variety of packaging and pricing deals. When choosing the space, we looked at both its location and what the building itself has to offer, and it’s structure to ensure it would allow us to provide a beautiful and productive environment for our members. For example, the building’s floor-to-ceiling windows were a key factor in our decision, as we place immense value on natural light and know that it plays a huge role in creating a happy and welcoming space.

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Industrious is one of the few coworking solutions that cater to small, medium and Fortune 500 businesses. Our members come from diverse industries including creative agencies, growing startups, and professional services firms in real estate, consulting, finance and legal. At Industrious, we’re always looking and learning new ways to provide the best, premium workplace environment for our members; staying lean and nimble (and always open to feedback) provides us with the opportunity to iterate quickly. Industrious blends five-star hospitality and modern design to create an unparalleled office experience. Gone are the ping pong tables, kombucha kegs in the corner and skateboards – stereotypes of what coworking is – instead, at Industrious, you’ll find boutique office spaces as professional and innovative as our members’ businesses. We provide the hospitality people deserve, in the place they least expect it, which has proven to be an X-factor for our success and the success of our members.

Private offices are available for teams of up-to-40, as well as coworking memberships. Memberships include 24/7 access to private and locked offices, Herman Miller seating, custom-made wood desks, local coffee, snacks, a fully stocked beverage fridge, all utilities (like wifi, ethernet, mail and package services), unlimited printing and copying, concierge service, conference room hours, access to the national Industrious network, regular member events, and complementary event space. There’s no hidden fees or unexpected charges with Industrious.

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If you’re looking for a better work environment or on the search for your business’ next home, be sure to visit www.industriousoffice.com to schedule a tour in our Philadelphia location or a location closest to you.

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Industrious Philadelphia
230 South Broad Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: 267-308-5131
www.industriousoffice.com/Philadelphia/City-Center
Twitter :@IndustriousHQ
Facebook: @IndustriousOffice

Fox School of Business – Where Today’s Ideas Become Tomorrow’s Businesses

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Temple University Main Campus, 1810 Liacouras Walk

Temple University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute

WHERE TODAY’S IDEAS BECOME TOMORROW’S BUSINESSES

What is IEI?
The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI) at the Fox School of Business promotes a bold entrepreneurial and innovative spirit across all of Temple University’s schools and colleges. Through a combination of inventive classroom education, workshops, conferences, customized mentorships, and events, IEI provides students with the skills, resources, and courage to disrupt business as usual.

IEI offers great resources and a market-driven curriculum featuring courses for makers, doers, trailblazers, and budding entrepreneurs, including:

1. Creativity Unleashed
2. Business Model Innovation
3. Lean Startup
4. Entrepreneurial Thinking & New Venture Creation
5. Innovation-Based Strategy

100 Years of Innovation
The Fox School, founded in 1918, has prepared generations of daring entrepreneurs, executives, creative professionals, leaders, and researchers to make impacts on the real world. With comprehensive degree programs in Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship, plus a minor and certificate options, students learn valuable skills that give them a competitive edge in the global economy. The Fox School continues the tradition of Temple University founder Russell H. Conwell, who was entrepreneurial in his focus on democratizing and widening the reach of higher education.

The Power of Collaboration
IEI’s co-curricular programs foster collaboration between diverse disciplines and provide budding entrepreneurs with the education and resources required to advance their projects. The Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy (TUEA), run by IEI, collaborates with faculty across campus to enhance entrepreneurial knowledge, engagement, and practice in all of Temple’s schools and colleges.

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Ellen Weber, Executive Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), and Assistant Professor of Practice, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

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Robert McNamee, Managing Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI), and Assistant
Professor of Instruction, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Tomorrow’s Businesses Startup Here
Soon, IEI will relocate to a new space as part of the Fox School’s latest expansion into 1810 Liacouras Walk. IEI’s new home will be located on the first floor of 1810 Liacouras Walk and serve as an innovation hub for students, alumni, faculty, and staff across Temple University. It will be a hotbed for novel ideas, where forward-thinking people with diverse skills, visions, backgrounds, and goals meet, network, collaborate, and succeed. In the new space, IEI will offer labs, co-working spaces, and an event space to host workshops, competitions, and mentoring programs. The building will feature “maker space” where emerging entrepreneurs can bring their ideas to life using a 3D printer or brainstorm products on the wall-to-wall whiteboards.

About the Fox School of Business
For a century, the Fox School of Business has been committed to its mission of preparing business leaders for prominent roles within the global marketplace. With more than 9,000 current students and 65,000 alumni, the Fox School is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the Philadelphia region—and offers a dynamic community of students, faculty, and professionals whose influence can be felt around the world.

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Fox Entrepreneurs: In Their Own Words

YASMINE MUSTAFA
Companies: Girl Develop It & ROAR for Good The Kuwaiti-born Mustafa earned her bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship from the Fox School. She is a self-described “serial
entrepreneur,” with numerous smaller ventures before her work with ROAR. “I see a much bigger reach with ROAR,” she says. “I’m a person who thrives on making a difference, so I’m excited about what the future holds.”

JUSTIN ROSENBERG
Company: honeygrow
Justin Rosenberg, Fox School alumnus, has achieved great success with honeygrow, which offers healthy fare made with seasonal, local ingredients. Rosenberg says, “I’m a Temple guy. I wrote a chunk of my
business plan for honeygrow at Alter Hall, and the business is very much a #TempleMade concept.”

Learn more at
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Email us at iei@temple.edu
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Florida High Tech Corridor – Growing High Tech Industry & Innovation

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THE FLORIDA HIGH TECH CORRIDOR COUNCIL

THE FLORIDA HIGH TECH CORRIDOR COUNCIL (THE CORRIDOR) IS AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE OF THREE OF THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS – THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA (UCF), THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA (USF) AND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA (UF) – CREATED TO GROW HIGH TECH INDUSTRY AND INNOVATION IN A 23-COUNTY REGION.

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Established in 1996 to help diversify Florida’s economy by enabling the growth of high tech industry, The Corridor is the product of a collaborative spirit rarely found in environments where economic development entities are naturally in competition. It emerged from the vision of UCF President, Emeritus John Hitt, and a partnership with USF’s Past President, Betty Castor, and grew to include the partnership of UF’s Past President, Bernie Machen. Through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship, its founders believed The Corridor could transform the region and state’s economic landscape to ensure long-term prosperity. They were right.

Today, led by current presidents of the three universities who serve as Council co-chairs – UCF President, Dale Whittaker, USF President, Judy Genshaft, and UF President, Kent Fuchs – it continues to exemplify the motto: “Leave your logos and your egos at the door.”

Its cornerstone Matching Grants Research Program fosters relationships between the universities and high tech industry, engaging dozens of companies from across the region every year in the development of commercially applicable technologies. Research grants have benefited more than 370 companies working alongside more than 400 faculty members and 2,900 students – many of whom went on to work for their industry research partners. With matches of corporate cash and in-kind investments, Corridor funds have generated over $1 billion in downstream impacts.

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Perhaps more meaningful than economic impacts, however, is the program’s impact on thousands of lives through resulting breakthroughs. For example, The Corridor facilitated partnerships for Sanford’s .decimal with researchers from UCF and UF who helped the company refine its cancer treatment devices, which have now served over 67,000 patients.

The Corridor has also touched thousands in its efforts to strengthen the talent pipeline. Its educational program, stemCONNECT, has reached over 5,000 middle school and high school students with virtual demonstrations by experts in various high tech careers. Additionally, its Talent Forum annually brings together university career center directors from around the country and industry professionals to establish relationships for the ongoing exchange of job leads and talent referrals.

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The Corridor also fosters the growth of new business opportunities as a major supporter of the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, an online directory of business resources and community of over 600 entrepreneurs across Florida, as well as incubation programs at its three universities, which annually rank among the nation’s best.

A proven breeding ground for innovation, The Corridor has been recognized by two U.S. presidents and numerous scientific and economic development organizations. The International Economic Development Council named The Corridor as “the best example in the world for what they do.” Its three research institutions continually rank among the top 100 universities worldwide granted U.S. utility patents.

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Visit The Corridor at www.floridahightech.com,
follow on Facebook and Twitter at @FloridaHighTech
or search on Linkedin for “Florida High Tech Corridor Council.”

BRIDG – Bridging The Innovation Development Gap

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Located at NeoCity – a 500-acre master-planned intuitive community of innovation in Osceola County, less than 20 minutes from the Orlando International Airport and within a mile of the Florida Turnpike – BRIDG is a unique public-private partnership that is at the heart of a technology-based economic transformation currently taking place in Central Florida and positively impacting the entire region and state.

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As an industry-led, not-for-profit organization for advanced sensors, semiconductors, photonics and other advanced nanoscale systems, BRIDG provides research and development capabilities and infrastructure for manufacturing processes and materials geared toward system miniaturization and smart sensor innovation. 

BRIDG operates one of the most versatile 200mm microelectronics fabrication facilities in the world – a 109,000-square-foot building with nearly 60,000 square feet of laboratory/manufacturing space that includes two clean-rooms; one operating at Class 100 standards and the other at Class 10,000.

Focused on the innovative manufacture processes, materials and equipment for next-generation sensors and future high-tech products, BRIDG catalyzes to help bring high-value, quality jobs to Florida. As companies get products through the development cycle, BRIDG provides the necessary infrastructure – talent, equipment, background/foreground IP, etc. – to test ideas and concepts, acting as the bridge to product commercialization. In essence, BRIDG is the state-of-the-art “boutique” lab/fab facility open and flexible enough to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of technology and has space to accommodate a variety of partner-funded activities.

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BRIDG is enabled by investment from founding visionary partners – Osceola County, the University of Central Florida, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council – as well as other partners including the University of Florida, the University of South Florida, Florida International University, Harris Corporation, Siemens, Massey Services, imec, and many others.

With the combination of BRIDG, its partners, and the growth of many sectors of the high technology economy here in Central Florida, the region is steadily becoming recognized as THE place to be if you want to build or grow a high technology-based organization. BRIDG provides the physical infrastructure and collaborative processes to connect challenges and opportunities with solutions, thus “Bridging the Innovation Development Gap” that makes transformation possible.

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Learn more at www.GoBRIDG.com.

200 NeoCity Way
NeoCity, FL 34744
Office: 407-742-4253
@FollowBRIDG

Exterior photos credit: Seamus Payne courtesy of Skanska

MAKEOFFICES – A PLATFORM THAT EMPOWERS MEMBERS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES THROUGH WORKSPACE, COMMUNITY, AND PARTNERSHIP.

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MAKEOFFICES IS A PLATFORM THAT EMPOWERS OUR MEMBERS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESSES THROUGH WORKSPACE, COMMUNITY, AND PARTNERSHIP.

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MakeOffices was founded with a mission to create a platform of useful solutions to the everyday entrepreneur. The first step is to make finding and leasing office space flexible, affordable, and pain-free. We understand what it is like to be a startup with a tight budget or a small business that does not want to commit to a multi-year lease in a stuffy corporate environment.

MakeOffices delivers turnkey, move-in ready work spaces with flexible, month-to-month lease options that satisfy company needs without the burden and capital commitment of a long-term lease. Members are part of a vibrant community that regularly interacts through hosted events and organic networking opportunities. By providing the office infrastructure and all-inclusive amenities, including fast WiFi, 24/7 access, locally-roasted coffee, and craft beer, for one, low monthly rate, members can spend more of their time and money growing their businesses.

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Here is what some of our members are saying about their experiences while at MakeOffices:

“MakeOffices checked all the boxes we were looking for. The bang for your buck at MakeOffices in terms of amenities provided, the
actual square footage you get, and connections to local businesses/startups is unmatched.”- Elan Bar, Director of Operations, Cater2.me

“I love the community here. It’s definitely very productive. When you come here, you see that everyone is working so hard, and you want to work just as hard.” – Jesse Calzado- Esponda, Founder Cuba Inspires

“We’ve tapped designers that are also working at MakeOffices, photographers, developers, social media gurus. We’ve been able to work with a number of the other MakeOffices members.” – Shy Pahlevani, Founder & CEO, Hungry.

MakeOffices operates 14 locations across Chicago, Philadelphia, and the Washington, DC metro area. 

For additional information please visit: www.makeoffices.com

STARTUP TAMPA BAY – A NONPROFIT THAT EMPOWERS ENTREPRENEURS AND INSPIRES THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN TAMPA BAY.

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STARTUP TAMPA BAY

STARTUP TAMPA BAY IS A NONPROFIT THAT EMPOWERS ENTREPRENEURS AND INSPIRES THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS IN TAMPA BAY.

STARTUP TAMPA BAY

(Left) Mayor Bob Buckhorn declaring Tampa Bay Startup Week is officially recognized by the Tampa legislature. (Right) Startup Tampa Bay co-founder Gracie Stemmer.

Ryan Sullivan, Gracie Stemmer, and Steinhoff founded Startup Tampa Bay 2016, but the nonprofit’s spirit was born in 2010 when Tampa hosted its first Startup Weekend. Since then, hundred of volunteers have come together to host events that have impacted tens of thousands of people. United by a common belief that entrepreneurs shape the future of their communities the organizers, volunteers, and business partners of Startup Tampa Bay serve as a foundation for our community by creating opportunities, inciting collaboration, and providing support to entrepreneurs from all walks of life. The organization believes these efforts will embolden entrepreneurs to solve meaningful problems, build innovative technology, create jobs, excite our citizens, attract top-notch talent, and develop Tampa Bay into a national entrepreneurial focal point.

Startup Tampa Bay’s cornerstone event is Startup Weekend. Known globally for its ability to cultivate innovation, this event brings together developers, designers, and hustlers to pitch ideas, form teams, and launch companies over the course of 54 hours. Tampa Bay’s Startup Weekends culminate in pitches to local influential entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors. These thought leaders decide which startups return home with prize packages designed to jump start their companies. Multiple standout companies formed at Startup Weekend Tampa Bay since its inception, including the ticketing platform Eventjou (acquired by Ticketmaster in 2014). In an effort to bring the lean startup lessons of Startup Weekend to a younger audience, Startup Tampa Bay began hosting Startup Weekend Youth in 2014. The event is a weekend-long crash course in creativity and entrepreneurship for children ages 10-12.

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Startup Tampa Bay Event
Tampa Bay Startup Week

As a testament to the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Tampa Bay, Techstars selected our community to host Startup Week, for the first time in 2015. Now in its third year, Tampa Bay Startup Week has empowered over 15,000 attendees. This community curated conference packs over 70 free, public events into five days that cover a variety of topics. Past workshops include coding, boot camps, legal counsel for businesses, IoT panel discussions, craft -beer sampling, speed dating, and more. Entirely supported by local businesses and volunteers, Tampa Bay Startup Week is crowd sourced platform for knowledge sharing and community engagement.

In 2017, Startup Tampa Bay will host its first Hackathon where partner companies will present their business challenges to the community of problem solvers. Over the course of a weekend, new technology will be built to address these problems and the winning teams will go home with generous prizes. The organization also hosts monthly “Startup Socials,” casual meetups that alternate betwee Tampa and St. Petersburg that seek to create collisions which spark innovation. Startup Tampa Bay is volunteer driven and community backed. The non-profit exists as a platform for passionate individuals and businesses to get involved with the growth of Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial community.

Startup Tampa Bay welcomes collaborations of all kinds.

Startup Weekend Youth