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Capacitech – Simple Concept | Big Potential

Capacitech Energy - Pegasus Nano Wires spread
Capacitech Energy - Pegasus Nano Wires spread


Capacitech Energy (Capacitech) is an early stage company with a simple concept and big potential. Their offer? An energy storage component, known as a capacitor, built on the surface of a wire. Capacitech’s Cable-Based-Capacitor (CBC) can reduce both the size and cost of electronic devices while also enabling new innovations.


Joe Sleppy and Dr. Jayan Thomas founded Capacitech in January of 2016. Dr. Thomas had invented the CBC technology while at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Nanotechnology Science Center in 2014. The world has never seen a capacitor on the surface of a wire before which lead to its selection to the R&D100. Meanwhile, Sleppy had yet to finish high school. He learned of the CBC technology, and Dr. Thomas’ desire to bring it to market when he joined the lab as an undergraduate researcher in 2015. By this time, Sleppy already had experience launching a company. He started SleppSolutions in 2013 after receiving a $10k grant as the winner of the Pinellas County Next Generation Entrepreneurs competition. Dr. Thomas invited Sleppy to participate in the UCF I-Corps program, leading to the launch of what would become Capacitech.

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Founders: Joe Sleppy and Dr. Jayan Thomas

Sleppy joined forces with Dr. Thomas, ultimately graduating from the I-Corps program and leading Capacitech to other accomplishments by winning the UCF Joust in 2016 and being granted a Phase I National Science Foundation STTR grant in 2018. Sleppy graduated from UCF with an electrical engineering degree in May of 2018 and now works full time as the CEO of Capacitech.

“Orlando is a fantastic place to do business. There are many opportunities, a large and diverse pool of talent, and a variety of different industries to
work with. Even the city demonstrates innovation such as Chris Castro’s sustainability department. I feel blessed to have access to and have been able to leverage so many local resources designed to help startups like Capacitech. For example, winning the UCF Joust is not just about the cash prize, but the many pro-bono services, such as Burr Forman’s legal services, that helped established us as a company.” said Joe Sleppy.

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Figure 1: Artistic view of (a) a circuit board with eight capacitors connected and (b) circuit which replaces the eight capacitors with 8 CBC devices.

Capacitech’s unique technology is the only wire-based or cable-based
capacitor on the market. The CBC is flexible, reduces the cost of electronics, and uses less space on circuit boards than traditional capacitors — allowing for smaller electronics. The CBC has the potential to significantly impact new technologies too. A project currently gaining momentum is to embed the CBC inside DC voltage power cords connected to Wi-Fi routers, IT servers, game consoles, and cable boxes among other everyday electronic products. In doing this, the CBC will prevent those devices from shutting down when the power flickers during a summer storm.

The CBC is valuable and disruptive for various other reasons. It can be easily customized by cutting the CBC at different lengths to control its performance. This feature allows electronic component distributors to buy a single spool of the CBC and sell a wide variety of different capacitor
performances cut from that single spool. This significantly reduces their inventory cost, logistics costs, and lead times.

Capacitech is strong, thanks in part to its utility patent, filed by UCF and licensed exclusively to Capacitech. Capacitech’s founders also credit the “Orlando ecosystem of innovation”. The founders have received training from Orlando programs such as VentureScaleUp, Blackstone Launchpad, UCF Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, Starter Studio (FireSpring Fund), and mentors such as Dr. Cameron Ford, Oscar Rodriguez, Richard Fox, Mike Pape, and Mike O’Donnell.

Currently, Capacitech is working with a variety of local companies to launch and scale the CBC in the power electronics industry. Capacitech seeks to establish the CBC as a trusted technology before looking into potential larger scale applications, of which there are many. One day, the CBC might provide energy storage for renewable energy sources or even electric vehicles. For now, Capacitech’s huge potential for growth has many excited for its bright and positive future.

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The Next Smallest Thing in Energy Storage

Capacitech Energy Storage


• Capacitech wins UCF Joust
• Capacitech graduates UCF I-Corp Program
• Capacitech graduates National I-Corp Program
• Capacitech is accepted to VentureWell E-Team Program
• Capacitech is awarded Phase 1 NSF STTR Grant for $225k
• Capacitech takes 2nd place at DOE MegaWatt Competition
• Capacitech officially moves into UCF Research Park Incubator
• Capacitech wins collegiate Florida Venture Forum Competition
• Capacitech receives an exclusive license to UCF IP for cable capacitors
• CEO Joe Sleppy wins Young Entrepreneur Award from Gov. Rick Scott
• Capacitech forms a partnership with Mouser & Ditek for launch in 2019

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3259 Progress Drive, Orlando, FL 32826
Phone: 727-434-1229 | Email:

Fattmerchant – Taking the Hassle out of Payments

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Fattmerchant team
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Fattmerchant is a subscription-based integrated payment technology platform which exists to empower small business owners to simplify their overall payments experience, taking the hassle out of payments by offering simple subscription-style pricing, and award-winning customer support.


Fattmerchant was founded to bring simplicity to a complicated industry – payment processing. The sector traditionally offered complex billing structures and technology but Fattmerchant founders Suneera Madhani and Sal Rehmetullah knew there had to be a better way. With their revolutionary subscription-style structure, business owners no longer have to worry about percentage markups and hidden fees – just a simple subscription and the direct cost of interchange.

Outside of this exciting new pricing model for business owners, what makes Fattmerchant unique is their focus on simple yet powerful technology that improves the entire payments experience. Payments are a vital part of any business, so Fattmerchant makes it easy for business owners by providing whatever technology they need to process them – all connected in a convenient omnichannel online platform. This way, business owners can simply log in and see the health of their business across all of the ways they process, manage their payment solutions, and integrate with other business tools. This payment platform is built with the business owner in mind and changes the way they think about accepting payments.

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Launched in 2014 by Suneera Madhani and Sal Rehmetullah, Fattmerchant has been awarded with the 2016 Startup of the Year at the Bright House Regional Business Awards, 2016 Entrepreneur 360 Award, Orlando Business Journal’s 2016 and 2017 Best Places to Work, Orlando Sentinel’s 2017 Top 100 Companies, Grow Florida’s Companies to Watch Award, and many more. They’ve also won the 2017 and 2018 Downtown Orlando Partnership’s Golden Brick Awards for exceptional office space.

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In addition to these honors, Fattmerchant has grown from a team of 4 to almost 100 employees in just four short years, currently processes over $2 billion in payments for their members and saving Central Florida businesses alone $20 million. CEO Suneera Madhani was named one of PaymentSource’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Payments and Orlando Business Journal’s 2018 CEOs of the Year among many other personal accomplishments, including raising $10 million in venture capital and leading Fattmerchant to a Net Promoter Score (measuring customer happiness) of 80+, which is well above the industry average of -20.

Fattmerchant was also named one of Entrepreneur’s Top Company Cultures for 2018, which showcases high-performance cultures across the U.S.!

100 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32801 | Phone: 1-855-550-3288
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Catalyst – A Professional, Collaborative Co-Working Space

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CATALYST - workspace




Catalyst is a light, airy workspace with 20-foot exposed ceilings, brick walls, glass-enclosed offices and conference rooms. Catalyst has sleek, ergonomic furnishings in both open and private workspaces, with month-to-month memberships and amenities, including high-speed internet, technology-enabled conference rooms, craft coffee bar, lounge, and more.

The Catalyst community includes a diverse group of talented entrepreneurs, tech startups, creatives, independent workers, and others, seeking to grow their careers and businesses by working in and taking advantage of the resources in our dynamic, collaborative workspace.

One of the many benefits of working at Catalyst is the mentorship available from the Catalyst Startup Coalition – a group of 10 seasoned, early-stage business experts with offices at Catalyst. Their collective expertise and experience address the problems entrepreneurs face in growing and scaling their startups. In addition to the free office hours the Catalyst Startup Coalition provides, the Coalition offers a variety of programs and events at Catalyst, including monthly investor pitch practice sessions, workshops, panels, and networking events.


Catalyst is also home to VentureScaleUp – a mentorship-driven advanced technology accelerator. The VentureScaleUp program provides highgrowth startups with mentorship, strategic advice, and inspiration through its mentor network of role models, investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. These executives have built startups that have scaled. VentureScaleUp offers entrepreneurs extensive access to Florida angel, seed, and early-stage capital funding sources. These relationships open the doors to funding.

Catalyst hosts numerous meetups, workshops, presentations, and events for its members and the Orlando entrepreneurial ecosystem, where entrepreneurs learn, network, and get inspired. Catalyst is the Orlando home to numerous national entrepreneurial organizations, including Startup Grind Orlando, Lean Startup Orlando, Orlando Open Coffee Club, and Startup Weekend Orlando, and has hosted national hackathons, including the AT&T Mobile App & IoT Hackathon and the Telecom Applications Developer Hackathon.

Catalyst has created a welcoming community in Downtown Orlando, where entrepreneurs can be productive and creative, make connections and collaborate, and grow and scale their businesses.

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1 S. Orange Ave., Fifth Floor
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: (407) 982-3999

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OrlandoiX – the Intersection of Creativity and Immersive Technologies

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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.


Founded in 2014, by David C. Glass, OrlandoiX was created to promote Orlando as the hub for creativity and digital innovation, build industry connections and increase an investment pipeline.

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Orlando is the global center for the simulation industry and is also a hub for video game development, entertainment technologies, software design, 3D hardware, defense technology, and industry education. OrlandoiX has brought together both local and national leaders from these industries from brands such as Microsoft, HTC Vive, Coca-Cola, NFL, Unreal Engine, NBC Universal, and EA Sports.

OrlandoiX highlights include the expo where creators and influential brands can showcase their latest developments in video games, virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital arts. A speaker series with national thought leaders who share industry trends and best practices. Networking opportunities to connect peers and industry leaders. Gaming tournaments where gamers can show off their skills and compete for prizes.

Attendees include Game Developers, Virtual & Mixed Reality Developers, Digital Artists, Designers, Venture Capitalists, Sound & Audio Engineers, Students, Creative Directors, Digital Media Executives. Some attendees are seasoned experts – while others are just getting started.

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OrlandoiX Exhibit


OrlandoiX team is led by David Glass as executive producer, continuing his vision of highlighting digital innovation in the region. The production and media coordinators for OrlandoiX have helped to realize this vision, by executing the event each year.


With an average annual attendance of over 4,000, OrlandoiX is the Southeast’s largest event for creators in virtual reality, augmented reality, video game, and digital arts. The event has brought together tech industry leaders, digital creators, and investors from 27 states and 6 countries to Orlando. Collaborations with other organizations like Indienomicon, Orlando VR, and the Orlando Tech Association have brought about great networking opportunities for industry professionals in the region.

OrlandoiX Speaker

611 N. Wymore Road, Suite 218
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Phone: 321-622-2900

Lockheed Martin – a Global Security and Aerospace Company

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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.

MyArea Network –

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MyArea Network - Orlando 407Area

With the inspired vision of CEO Scott Conlon, MyArea Network has become a fast-growing digital media and tech company with a mission to connect people to their local community. Beginning with and based in Tampa, the local connection concept using local influencers to connect businesses and people in their community has continued to grow with 150 live local sites all over the country and the opening of the Orlando market office in 2016. Network is a full-service media and marketing company that helps local businesses of any size attain visibility in their community. Through multi-channel media platforms, technology solutions, and online and offline marketing services.

“There are so many great local businesses that don’t get the attention they deserve. We wanted to develop a platform and solutions that would help more people find those businesses,” explains founder and CEO, Scott Conlon.

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Chris McShane - Digital Content Associate
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LeeAnn Huntoon - 407area Content Manager & Digital Marketing Director for MyArea Network

Over the last few years, MyArea Network’s first official market expansion has flourished providing a source for locals and businesses with the onboarding of their first official Area Manager, LeeAnn Huntoon.

After graduating LeeAnn Huntoon accepted an entry level position with a major corporation and after ten years of climbing the corporate ladder she hit the ceiling and decided it was time to move on and pursue her passion. After a few months of freelance writing, she began working for a digital marketing company in Downtown Orlando and quickly became the content manager for the company’s two local entertainment websites. Her success and determination caught the eye of MyArea Network and when it was time to open the Orlando office she was asked to come on board to build and grow
the 407area market.

“We are so much more than a marketing agency or a website. and the 150 other live sites including 813, 727, 386, 321, and 305 in Florida alone is a community and your local connection to anything and everything that’s happening in your area. Not only are we the local source for things do to, nightlife, dining, and local sports, we also bridge the gap between the businesses in the area and their targeted audience,” states 407area Content Manager/ Digital Marketing Director, LeeAnn Huntoon.

With the assistance of the main office in Tampa and the Orlando Digital Content Associate, Chris McShane, has become the leading source for local residents and visitors to find the best things to see, eat, and do in Orlando.

The site offers more than just a directory for businesses and upcoming events. and the additional sites within the MyArea Network family produce relevant and organic article content that is highly ranked on Google. Each article is written by locals who live in the area providing readers with first-hand experiences and suggestions similar to reaching out to a trusted friend who lives in the area. has become a trusted source in Orlando combining local and social and providing everyone with the opportunity to live like a local no matter where they are.

To learn more about MyArea Network and the Orlando area Chris McShane – Digital Content Associate subscribe to and connect to your community.

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407area Office (Downtown Orlando)
25 Wall St. Suite #11
Orlando, FL. 32801

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Orange Technical College – Changing Lives Through Education Since 1933

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Orange Technical College - Exterior Mid Florida
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Orange Technical College – Mid Florida Campus is home to the Launch Site and “Big Mo”, one of the largest motion capture studios on the east coast.

Since 1933, Orange County Public Schools has been making history and changing lives through education by providing career and technical training for tens of thousands in Central Florida.

 Offering innovative programs at multiple technical college campuses, as well as numerous community learning centers and district schools, Orange Technical College continues to grow and evolve, always focused on improving the lives of students and positively impacting workforce needs and economic development in the region.

Orange Technical College (OTC) is home to an array of affordable career certificate training programs, equipping students with the skills and credentials needed for employment in growing industries impacted by technology: 3D Animation, Advanced Manufacturing, Robotics, Augmented Reality, Machining, Welding and Modeling, Simulation and Training and more.

With the help of industry partners like the National Center for Simulation, OTC has created state-of-the-art learning environments like the ‘Launch Site’ – a dedicated MS&T facility that houses a collection of simulation, animation and cinema programs designed to prepare students for careers as designers, programmers and motion-capture technicians.

Welding at the Orange Technical College - Westside Campus.
Welding at the Orange Technical College - Westside Campus.
Digital Video Production at the Orange Technical College - Orlando Campus.

Offering students world-class facilities and over 60 career certificate programs, Orange Technical College delivers an exciting opportunity for students. Inexpensive tuition rates, industry-trained instructors and innovative classroom environments ensure graduates of OTC programs are prepared for the world of work.

Articulation agreements and partnerships with local and state colleges are also allowing more students than ever to engage in numerous career paths across high-skill, high-wage technical industries. Technical education is a powerful catalyst for students heading into the workplace, but can also bring enormous value to those students looking to pursue a traditional college path.

These local agreements allow students to easily transition from a career and technical program at any Orange Technical College campus to a college credit-based course at partnering institutions, or vice-versa if a student so chooses. Innovation in a region can take many forms, including the development of programs like these to establish and fortify the educational ecosystem in Central Florida to benefit students at all learning levels.

As a not-for-profit entity and a part of one of the largest school districts in the country, Orange Technical College is held accountable to the highest standards of quality and rigor. While the programs offered at OTC campuses have shifted dramatically over time, in an effort to match relevant training with existing industry needs, the college’s goal remains: changing lives through education.

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The Launch Site is also home to “Little Mo”, another fully functioning motion capture studio.
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Phone: 407-317-3212
445 W Amelia St, Orlando, FL 32801

Engineering & Computer Simulations – An Innovative Industry Leader

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Engineering & Computer Simulations - Quad


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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

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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.

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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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Oviedo, Florida, USA
Phone: +1-407-542-7704

V&D Electric Bikes – A Safe, Eco-Friendly Way to Travel in Style

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V&D ELECTRIC BIKES - safe transportation


V&D Electric Bikes has created a worldwide phenomenon in safe, easy travel. Our lightweight, fully foldable electric bikes offer a secure yet eco-friendly way to travel to your end destination in style!

V&D Electric Bikes are easy to ride, which means they offer the perfect solution for short trips around the city, and they make commuting to and from work a much more comfortable experience. They can be folded up to make transportation through crowds a breeze, and best of all, our e-bikes are entirely customisable – you can choose the colour, come up with the design, and truly let your imagination run wild to make your electric bike your own!

V&D Electric Bikes provides e-bikes for adults and kids alike. Browse our website to learn more about these innovative products, and don’t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any questions regarding our creations.

Our Mission
Founded in 2016, V&D Electric Bikes marries the commitment to the outdoors and stylish transportation with a desire to sustain an eco-friendly world. Our ergonomically-designed, functional, and compact electric bikes charm explorers and thrill-seeking enthusiasts alike. At V&D Electric Bikes, we thrive on enhancing our customers’ bike-riding experience through providing our local and global communities with reliable products and impeccable customer service.

Our Story
What happens when riding enthusiasts experience electric bikes? They discover pure joy in finding a unique way to commute to work and around town. V&D Electric Bikes combine high-quality materials, with fresh innovations designed to add oomph to your travel and leisure. Fold them and take them on your next flight; transport them easily in your RV, boat or car; you can even take them to your class! Whether alone, on a date, or enjoying free time with friends and family, our exceptional products remind you to live, laugh & love for many, many miles.

Sergio Romo, Tampa Bay Rays are current clients and are supporters of V&D Electric Bikes

V&D Electric Bikes boasts premium craftsmanship and materials to take on your toughest activities. The lithium battery is capable of 30-mile ranges, 4 hours of power, and 20 mph speeds! Our frame is light enough to carry around but strong enough to support up to 285 pounds.

The foldable design of our electric bike makes commuting easier. It can fold to fit in trunks or on buses and trains. And it’s a sweat-free substitute for biking to work or around campus.

Inexpensive transportation that even a college student or a fixed income person can afford. V&D Electric Bikes offers affordable & flexible payments for everyone. These bikes last a long time and are a secure investment!

Whether you are 15 and dying to drive something or 115 and needing to have a hobby that gets you outdoors, you will LOVE the freedom this bike gives you. Be prepared to hear, “Where’d you get that?!”, from envious onlookers that want a V&D Electric Bike of their own.

With its emission-free electric design and zero carbon footprint, our electric bikes fit in perfectly with your Green lifestyle.

You’ll be amazed at the money you save on parking, gas, and tolls. Save hours of commuting time every week by riding our bikes to work instead of walking. Spend that money traveling and finding adventure.

V&D Electric bikes - GREEN LIFESTYLE

Vanessa Sweeting & Darren Forde
Phone: 877-245-2494