Innovation Hub USA

Lockheed Martin – a Global Security and Aerospace Company

Lockheed Martin day of Caring Orlando 2017
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Lockheed Martin day of Caring Orlando 2017
More than 1,000 Lockheed Martin employees, family, and friends volunteered at the YMCA of Central Florida’s Camp Wewa for the company’s annual Day of Caring event. In 2017, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 1,000,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.2 million to local charities.


Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company employing approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.


With 60 years in Central Florida, Lockheed Martin’s Florida operations are primarily located in the Orlando area with additional sites in Lakeland, Ocala, the Space Coast, Ft. Walton Beach, Riviera Beach, Oldsmar and other locations throughout the state. When Lockheed Martin (then the Glenn L. Martin Co.) opened its first Orlando office in 1956, it began a long legacy of growth and community support to the region.

Today, Lockheed Martin is one of the largest industrial employers in Florida with more than 14,000 employees. Approximately 9,000 of the state’s Lockheed Martin employees live and work in Central Florida and continue that legacy of community support through various volunteer programs and
philanthropic initiatives. More than 7,000 of those employees are based at our two Orlando facilities.

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Lockheed Martin’s Deploy3D Simulator is a cutting-edge, mixed reality simulation solution, which reduces cost and space requirements while enabling immersive training. This is accomplished by streaming elements of the real world into an immersive virtual scene, maximizing training while eliminating bulky domes and projectors.

Lockheed Martin Training and Logistics Solutions (TLS)
Lockheed Martin’s TLS business is part of the Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) business and is Lockheed Martin’s center of excellence for training and logistics products and services, serving the U.S. military and more than 65 international customers worldwide. Based in East Orlando, TLS develops programs teaching servicemen and women skills to accomplish their most challenging missions — from flying the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, the F35, to navigating a convoy through an urban environment. TLS is the corporation’s hub for simulation, augmented and virtual reality, live-virtual-constructive capabilities, advanced training devices, and full-service training programs. TLS also provides sustainment services such as supply chain and logistics IT solutions, spares and repairs, as well as automated test and support equipment.

Lockheed Martin ONYX
ONYX is a powered, lower-body exoskeleton that enhances human strength and endurance. It is designed for military and first responders to counteract stress on the lower back and legs, as it helps wearers traverse steep inclines and climb flights of stairs.
Lockheed Martin F35 FMS
Full Mission Simulators (FMS) are being used for continuation, upgrade and mission rehearsal training, wherever F-35 planes are in use. These valuable assets prepare new F-35 aviators for their first flight and allow qualified pilots to sharpen their skills at a fraction of the cost of flying real airplanes.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (MFC)
MFC is a recognized designer, developer, and manufacturer of precision engagement aerospace and defense systems for military customers that include the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and dozens of foreign allies. The company is an industry leader and the Corporation’s lead business for research, development, and production of electro-optic and smart munitions systems, and is a pioneer in the field of versatile, high-performance missile and rocket technology. MFC is also a leader in technologies related to millimeter wave radar, image and signal processing, advanced materials, electronic packaging, and systems integration. Additionally, MFC provides logistics support services for U.S. Special Operations Forces and offers a wide range of products and services for the global civil nuclear power industry and the military’s green power initiatives

Lockheed Martin in the Orlando Community
Lockheed Martin has a strong heritage of social responsibility and public service, which is a tradition linking our employees to the communities in which they live and work. In 2017, Lockheed Martin employees logged more than 96,000 volunteer hours in the Central Florida community and contributed more than $1.8 million to local charities through employee giving campaigns, benefiting organizations such as Camaraderie Foundation, Fisher House, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Heart of Florida United Way and the United States Overseas (USO). Our leadership is committed to supporting Florida education excellence through our support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational initiatives. Lockheed Martin works in partnership with educators, lawmakers and businesses to develop and execute a state-wide STEM strategy of closing the emerging talent gap by providing funding enhancing teaching skills and STEM curricula.

Lockheed Martin AF-22 First Flight Aerials
Lockheed Martin EOTS
The F-35 Lightning II Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS), is the world’s first sensor to combine forwardlooking infrared and infrared search and track to maximize targeting capability.

Gbuild – Construction Managers

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GBuild- Turn building exterior

At our core, we help clients successfully complete their most challenging projects using a sustainable approach without adding costs to the budget. 

In 2009, after 25 successful years in the construction business, Doug Gianforte was inspired to take his own direction. His goal, to start a company that specialized in sustainable building for every project. Notoriously slow to change, the construction industry hadn’t quite caught on to sustainable or green practices and the benefits that they bring a project. With that, Doug saw the opportunity and founded Gbuild.

After nearly a decade, our commitment to the practice of sustainability is unwavering. This is evidenced by our mission of incorporating sustainable concepts in all of our building projects. We do this through several key initiatives. Two to highlight are our Construction Waste Management and our Indoor Air Quality programs.

GBuild Construction Managers Office building

Construction Waste Management – On average, our program diverts 85% of our construction waste from the landfill. As an industry that produces a significant amount of waste, it is imperative that we pay attention to recycling efforts. Not only has Gbuild used this program on every project we have done, but many of our clients have implemented this as the standard across all their projects.

Indoor Air Quality – This program is developed job-specific and outlines measures that are implemented during the construction phase resulting in improved air quality. This also reduces unnecessary health risks for construction personnel.

By setting ourselves apart, growing steadily, and being leaders in our industry, Gbuild has been recognized by various awards groups. We have been recognized for our growth eight times including the Philadelphia 100 fastest growing companies. For Construction Excellence, we have been awarded six times. For safety, we currently hold six awards. We are proud of these achievements and remain committed to the values that contributed to these awards.


Our client relationships are essential to our business. From us, not only are clients expecting sustainable solutions to their construction needs but they also look to us to be a source of accountability on the project. We are the go-to people.

“Your attention to detail and quality was very evident as the project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget. I look forward to working with Gbuild again in the near future.”
– Director, Higher Education Client

Having been at the forefront of sustainable construction practices, Gbuild has set the standard for all projects. This is a mentality and practice we take to every project whether asked explicitly by the client or not. We can do this all by adding zero additional cost to our client. With tight budgets and tight deadlines, keeping sustainable construction achievablefor everyone is a true innovation.

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Phone: 610-400-1900
instagram: gbuildcm

OptiGrate – A World-Class Optics Company

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Gov Rick Scott and OptiGrate owners

The Oviedo-based company was established in 1999 and is a major success story for the UCF Business Incubation Program (UCFBIP), which provides a variety of business development services and resources to start-up companies in the community. Dr. Alexei Glebov, president and CEO of the company comments, “CREOL is one of the best schools worldwide in photonics. There are very few schools that offer photonic programs.”

During their early years, OptiGrate was funded through the US government programs by agencies such as NASA, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, the MDA (Missile Defense Agency), and others. Through the support given by these agencies, OptiGrate was able to develop their product to the level that enabled them to successfully commercialize, and bring to market, their unique technology.

In 2008, Dr. Alexei Glebov, joined the company from the Silicon Valley bringing with him extensive experience of photonics industry acquired at Lucent Technologies, Fujitsu, and Finisar. At this point, the goal was to transform the company to volume manufacturing standards and bring the volume Bragg technology to international markets. It required not only change in the technology, production lines, automated solutions, but also a notable change in the mindset of OptiGrate’s team. “Volume manufacturing is a different world as compared to high-end technology development,” says Alexei Glebov, “and we succeeded to make this transition smoothly and efficiently while maintaining high standards in our advanced research efforts. OptiGrate demonstrated a good example of efficient synergy between academic research, government funding, and commercial success.”

OptiGrate has pioneered and commercialized a full range of volume Bragg grating based holographic optical components for optoelectronics, analytical, medical, semiconductor, and other industries as well as manufactures Laser Diode Systems enabled by the VBG components. This exclusive technology improves the performance of laser systems substantially and reduces the complexity and cost of analytical instruments and ultra-fast lasers. Practical applications include pharmaceuticals, medical, nanotechnology, defense and other national security uses, research, and many others. Simply put, Bragg gratings allow lasers to work on precise frequencies and enhance their properties so that they can better such tasks as explosive detection, high power laser pumping, materials analysis and processing, laser surgery, to mention a few.

OptiGrate - Inside Glass Manufacturing Facility

Drs. Leonid and Alexei Glebov are one of only two father and son duos to receive the prestigious honor of being named Fellows by SPIE, The International Society for Optical Engineering. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. It is estimated that Fellows comprise one percent of the total global membership (hundreds of thousands) of SPIE.

OptiGrate was nominated as the Small Manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturer’s Association of Central Florida (MACF); was elected as 50 Florida Companies to Watch in the program’s inaugural year of 2011; and receive an Outstanding Incubator Graduate award from the National Business Incubation Association in 2014.

In May 2017 OptiGrate was acquired by IPG Photonics Corp. OptiGrate was a long-term supplier to IPG, and as this relationship has deepened, the companies determined that there was a strong mutual benefit by joining together. IPG Photonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IPGP) is the world leader in high-power fiber lasers and amplifiers. Founded in 1990, IPG pioneered the development and commercialization of optical fiber-based lasers for use in diverse applications, primarily materials processing.

OptiGrate has a unique position in the volume holographic elements market. They supply components to more than 600 customers on six different continents. The world is certainly within reach for OptiGrate — right here from Central Florida.

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Optical Filters from OptiGrate
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Oviedo, Florida, USA
Phone: +1-407-542-7704

Day & Zimmermann – The Original Betterment Company®

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Today, we are still in the business of betterment—maintaining the nation’s power infrastructure, protecting American freedoms and accelerating innovation around the world. We are advancing and enhancing the fundamentals of modern productivity— talent, efficiency, and safety.

Founded in 1901, Day & Zimmermann is a family-owned company with a workforce of 43,000 specializing in construction & engineering, operations & maintenance, staffing, security and defense solutions for
leading corporations and governments around the world. Operating from more than 150 worldwide locations, Day & Zimmermann is
headquartered in Philadelphia, PA.


Day & Zimmermann’s vision is to accelerate the next generation of innovation. Every day we are advancing and enhancing the fundamentals of modern productivity— talent, efficiency, and safety. Like the city of Philadelphia, we are evolving and have been going through a tremendous amount of change. We foster better solutions for keeping our nation’s power plants running safely and reliably, hiring and placing skilled health care professionals that keep our country healthy,and protecting U.S. national security interests with mission-critical solutions.

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Innovation is in our DNA. The origins of Day & Zimmermann date back to 1901 and a mere seven years after our founding, the company was working on one of the most significant human engineering achievements of the twentieth century—the construction building of the Gatun Lock system of the Panama Canal. By the 1960s, Day & Zimmermann was assisting with the design of the Mercury and Gemini capsules that would put the first American astronauts in space. These history-altering projects had ties right here in Philadelphia.

While our past achievements built our strong foundation, we’ve not only sustained over time but have thrived and have new and exciting developments on the horizon. Today we are entering a new era of transforming the way our customers and staff, build, streamline and secure their future.

Yoh, our staffing division is helping to place workers in cutting-edge fields like software development, life sciences, healthcare and IT. Our engineering, construction and maintenance division is using new technologies, processes and systems to create efficiencies for power and industrial plants. We even recently acquired a new cybersecurity capability. Like in the earlier days working on the Panama Canal, we’re looking at a series of history-changing projects that in summation will push us and our country forward.

Day & Zimmermann is currently ranked as one of the largest private companies in the U.S. by Forbes.

• #1 Ranked Operations & Maintenance Contractor for 10 consecutive years (ENR)
• Yoh – our recruiting and workforce solutions company—was named to HRO Today’s RPO Baker’s Dozen list
• Ranked in Top 100 Defense Companies

Corporate Headquarters: 1500 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA, 19130. Phone: 215.299.8000 | Twitter:  @DayZim | Facebook: dayzim | Linkedin: day-&-zimmermann | YouTube: DayZimVideo |

OCCAM TECHNOLOGY GROUP – an Engineering Design and Development Firm

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Today, the company is a full-service global contract engineering design and development firm with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies and commercial enterprises to universities and entrepreneurs.

Through creative and effective problem solving, Occam Technology Group helps companies at any stage of the development lifecycle with expertise ranging from embedded systems engineering to design and development services for products, medical devices and IoT solutions as well as secure system design. Its team of specialized engineers brings unique and multidisciplinary skills to the table, including software, mechanical, electrical and biomedical engineering, and can take products from initial concept through software and hardware design, verification and validation, quality, prototyping, and simulation.

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As part of the greater Tampa Bay community and with its offices located within the University of South Florida’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the company has been involved in many areas of the city’s growing technology landscape. In 2017, Raymond Carr, the company’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, was awarded Technology Executive of the Year at the 14th Annual Tampa Bay TechAwards. Through Ray’s guidance and a fully dedicated team, the company was able to develop a groundbreaking class III medical device, the bionic pancreas. In February 2018, the firm officially entered the Internet of Things (IoT) product market with its offering of LPWANfocused products under the OccamSmart brand, which includes the mPCIe Smart Gateway Card, the 8-Channel RF Concentrator, an Uplink Protocol Analyzer and a fully functional LoRaWAN stack launched on the Google Cloud Platform. Occam Technology Group entering the product market comes as a result of two years of internal research and development, and as a realization of the growing need for IoT infrastructures.

OCCAM Founder CTO Ray Carr

“In 2017, Raymond Carr, the company’s founder and Chief Technology Officer, was awarded Technology Executive of the Year at the 14th Annual Tampa BayTech Awards.”

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Spreading the love for technology is also a big part of Occam Technology Group’s mission. Through the Occam STEM Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders, the company encourages future engineers to develop a passion for STEM careers at a young age and helps maintain their interest in these fields throughout their lives and careers. The Occam STEM Foundation supports the encouragement and mentoring of elementary, middle, high school and college students such as the local VEX Robotics Florida State Champion team, the 6430 Trinity Dragons, as well as other teams throughout the country. The foundation is also working closely with the University of South Florida College of Education in organizing a summer workshop to help train high school STEM teachers on IoT technologies which can then be taken back to the classroom to further broaden student STEM experiences in new, cutting-edge technologies.

Additionally, through the USF IT Department and USF College of  engineering, Occam Technology Group has donated and installed a Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN) on the USF Tampa Campus. It creates a “wall-less” IoT laboratory intended to benefit the real-world, hands-on research, development and deployment of IoT technologies across all academic disciplines.

With active involvement in the Tampa Bay community and a team that is passionate about the company’s mission, Occam Technology Group is honored to be part of one of the fastest-growing tech hub regions in the US.

Occam Technology Group – Contact Information
124 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: +1 844 622 2663
Linkedin: occam-technology-group/
Twitter: @occamtechgroup

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

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

Exterior photos credit: Seamus Payne courtesy of Skanska

SynDaver Labs – Manufactures the World’s Most Sophisticated Synthetic Human Tissues and Body Parts

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SynDaver Labs
SynDaver Synthetic Human


Our SynDaver Synthetic Human bleeds, breathes, and employs hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, and vessels which are made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physicochemical properties of live tissue. This validated technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers, and human patients in medical device studies, clinical training, and surgical simulation.

SynDaver Labs was founded in 2004 to commercialize a novel system of synthetic human body parts for the medical device industry. These sophisticated models replicate human anatomy in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs, all made form complex composites that mimic the properties of discrete living tissues. Made from water, fibers, and salts, each of these tissues have been validated for mechanical, chemical, thermal, and dielectric properties against the relevant living tissue.

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SynDaver Synthetic Human Muscle
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In fact, SynDraver Labs maintains the world’s largest database of LIVE tissue properties, and our products are used in such diverse fields as surgical training, medical device testing, consumer products evaluation, and ballistics testing

Work on this technology was initiated at the University of Florida in 1993. Initial studies involved the manufacture of synthetic trachea models to replace live animals in testing of airway devices and the development of interpenetrating  polymer-fiber networks to mimic lumenal structures such vessels.

The materials developed as a result of these studies are now used extensively in the industry as simple vein and artery mimics.

SynDaver Labs

8506 Benjamin Road, Tampa, Florida 33634

Phone: (813) 600 5530

Fax: (813) 600 3235

TRINITY GRAPHIC – Custom, Creative, and Branded Digital Print Solutions for Clients Nationwide.

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Trinity Graphic - Shop

Located in Sarasota, Florida U.S.A., and with over 45 years of printing, prepress, and packaging experience, Trinity Graphic manages custom, creative, and branded digital print solutions for clients nationwide.

Trinity Graphic offers full turn-key packages from initial creative concepts to full production, shipping and installation. Our design and project solutions teams work with your architecture, design and marketing groups to develop, create, and implement custom branded solutions.

Our investment in the best industry equipment means that your printed projects are produced and delivered complete, correct and on time – every time.

We take pride in understanding our customer’s needs, and by partnering with your buyers, marketing and creative teams, we are able to collaborate and provide solutions to meet those needs.

Let’s take a look at what we offer:

Custom Print Solutions – Clients partner with Trinity Graphic not because we are a premium digital print applications provider, they come to us because they have challenging project opportunities that require some “out-of-the-box” print, design or installation consideration. Whether it is wall covering, commercial advertising, retail signage or product displays, we make it our goal to create solutions that enhance your brand message

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Branded Print Solutions – Your brand identity represents your inherent values, your purpose, your positioning, and your voice. You trust us to protect everything about who you are, and we take that very seriously. Your brand is our compass that sets the target for our creative, production and quality assurance teams. Providing solutions to meet your needs is what we do best.

There really is no way to describe the true essence of what we do, except to experience it yourself. We’re actually not looking for customers, we’re looking for partners, to collaborate with for the long term. If your current resources are satisfying all your digital print needs, we are happy for you. Call us anyway and we’ll show you what you might be missing.

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Creative Print Solutions – We offer a complete, ‘soup-to-nuts’ digital print experience that starts with our experienced team of national and strategic account managers who will work with you to understand the goals, parameters and budgeting needs of your project. Our partnership continues with our creative design team and production managers who develop the graphic and structural elements and then coordinate the timelines and resources necessary for your project. Our production and quality assurance teams guarantee that every part of your project meets or surpasses our high standards, industry standards and your expectations.

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Trinity Graphic

Managing custom, creative, and branded print solutions.

885 Tallevast Road Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: 941-355-2636

ROBRADY DESIGN – “Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology is Indistinguishable from Magic”

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“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, Scientist, Author, Futurist


Rob Brady, CEO / founder, ROBRADY desing

In Florida’s Suncoast region, ROBRADY design has been producing things out of thin air for over two decades. Via their continually refined process of research, design, engineering, prototyping, testing, and manufacturing – what they coax into reality is at once exciting, innovative, and disruptive. Yet, it is always something more.

“We humanize technology.”

Rob Brady, CEO /founder, ROBRADY design

After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and beginning his professional career with the Cigarette Racing Team in Miami, Rob Brady foundedROBRADY design, a multidisciplinary design and development studio, in 1990. From his work in marine design, he quickly expanded his focus and team into diverse market sectors: transportation, consumer/electronics, industrial, medical, and graphic/interactive, collaborating with clients to identify the greatest areas of opportunity for producing innovative designs that drive profitable results.Yet, no matter what project the studio undertakes, all the work shares one common trait: it exists at the nexus of organic and OMG.

Walking through the ROBRADYcomplex in the sultry Sarasota heat, it’s easy to be captivated by the studio’s industrial chic interior and displays of sleek, futuristic projects that look like something from Syd Mead’s garage. It’s easier still to be impressed by the on-siteCNC machines, 3D printers, welders, and more. Thesetools allow the studio to transform sketches into CAD drawings and physical prototypes faster than ever before—in some cases, a matter of hours. Yet, the studio’s physical assets only tell part of the story. The studio’s personnel roster is a deep bench of expertise and experience,not just in design, engineering, and manufacturing, butalso in material science, management, marketing, and regulatory guidelines. ROBRADY’sacumen allows it to navigate the regulatory environment of agencies such as the Department of Transportation, the American Medical Association, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communication Commission, and the FDA.

Yet, afinished product does not mean a job completed.ROBRADY’s standing in the design field is in large part to its perspective that invention and innovation are not enough. There must also beintention. In other words, how will the design be implemented for maximum impact and benefit?Beyond understanding the needs and concerns of all stakeholders, ROBRADYknows how a product will be introduced to market. The studio mantra of research to reality very often includes a third step, retail. To better support and realize their clients’ visions, the studio formed ROBRADY capital to provide support and management for particularly promising ventures.

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ROBRADY’s capacity to rapid prototype elements of the FORTIS exoskeleton dramatically reduced the development timetable. In some instances, testing could be performed on physical prototypes within hours of their design, saving significant time and expense and contributing in large part to the success of the project. The studio garnered multiple awards for the work on FORTIS, including “Best of the Best” from internationally recognized Red Dot Design.

Customer loyalty and admiration aside, the studio has become a familiar and critically acclaimed presence on the global stage. It has amassed an impressive and constantly growing list of accolades from organizations including: Red Dot Design, the International Design ExcellenceAward (IDEA), Good Design, Universal Design, The Medical Design Excellence Award, SPARK, and Designpreis Deutschland. Each attest to ROBRADY design’s commitment not only to being a leader in the field of design, but to delivering on its vision to humanize technology and having a positive effect on our world.

ROBRADY’s collaboration with Ziivaa, LLC is a clear example of the studio’s commitment to their client. From design work on the revolutionary belt to development of the brand name, packaging, international regulatory certifications, a suite of intellectual property and launch of the company, ROBRADY design was there for Ziivaa, LLC at every stage.

1040 Commerce Boulevard North

Sarasota, FL 34243



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As we approach our 15th year of operation, we can take pride in reaching an important milestone by serving as a valuable resource for innovators and entrepreneurs.  Our ever-growing list of graduates is a testament to our ability to nurture successful high-tech entrepreneurial ventures in West Central Florida. 

Tanya Elmore, President & CEO of TEC Garage

Tanya Elmore, President & CEO

When we launched the Innovation Center in 2003, the concept of an incubator as a vital part of regional economic development was not yet top-of-mind for most people.  It surely wasn’t as trendy as it is today to coach, mentor and support startups.  We were pioneers in understanding how important it is to assist and nurture entrepreneurs. 


In 2014, we took the foundation of the Innovation Center and established TEC Garage in downtown St. Petersburg.  TEC Garage is an innovation and entrepreneurship center that assists emerging and entrepreneurial companies in the technology and manufacturing sectors by accelerating their success.  TEC Garage provides a unique mind-to-market model for working with entrepreneurs from concept through exit strategy, providing dedicated coaching, mentoring services, shared equipment, conference and office space, educational workshops and access to funders.  Clients are able to access services either onsite or virtually.

Much of our success can be attributed to an outstanding staff with experience in launching and growing tech companies, as well as a group of professionals who volunteer their time to serve as mentors to our clients.  Today we continue to improve our program by incorporating the best features and practices of the most successful programs throughout the country. By continuing to focus on the individual entrepreneur, we can address specific needs with specific skill sets, helping to move the young startup more quickly to revenue and success.

We are fortunate to count numerous well-respected individuals from funding and venture capital organizations, defense program offices, law offices, accounting firms and many more for community support.   Together they make a significant contribution in helping us foster innovation and growth in the high-tech economy in the Tampa Bay marketplace.

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TEC Garage - a unique mind-to-market model for working with entrepreneurs
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We are very pleased to report that we’ve been laying the groundwork for a purpose-built Innovation Center – a technology hub in St. Petersburg’s Innovation District and Pinellas County.  With emphasis on healthcare and marine sciences, the new facility will provide tomorrow’s technology business leaders access to the resources, services, networking and mentors they need while also fulfilling our vision of creating high-tech high-wage jobs.  The Innovation Center will serve as a focal point where startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can work in a collaborative environment bringing forth new innovations with a shared vision

TEC Garage

244 2nd Avenue North, Suite 9

St. Petersburg, FL  33701