May 20, 2024

Technology/Innovation

The Long Game

Robert Long, a retired Space Force colonel, was hired last September as president and CEO of Space Florida, the state's aerospace economic development arm. Long spent most of his military career in the U.S. Air Force. Read more »
Published on 5/9/2024

Peering into Space

With $2.5 million from a strategic funding initiative, the University of Florida is venturing further into space, so to speak, with its UF Space Mission Institute. The institute is designed to bring together researchers and scientists from around the school for space-related collaboration. Read more »
Published on 4/24/2024

Wind Boom

SPOTLIGHT GE’s wind energy plant in Pensacola is busy ramping up its assembly line as a result of a massive wind turbine order announced by the company in January. GE... Read more »
Published on 3/29/2024

Magic City Magic

Proto, a hologram tech firm, has opened its first Florida studio and office in the Waterford Business District near Miami International Airport. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2024

Sustainable Boating

Blue Innovations Group, an electric boat startup in Pinellas Park, has unveiled its first EV boat — the R30. The 30-foot vessel can accommodate up to 12 people, has a run time of up to eight hours on a 221-kWh battery pack and can reach a maximum speed of 45 mph. Amenities include a kitchenette, a bathroom with a bidet, an expandable solar canopy and air conditioning. Read more »
Published on 3/14/2024

Taxing Gig

Richard Laviña initially followed the traditional career path of accounting majors and newly minted CPAs. He learned the ropes at Miami CPA firms and then landed at PwC, one of the Big Four. Read more »
Published on 12/14/2023

Commercial Composter

Sunshine Organics & Compost of Jacksonville is a trashy business in the best way possible. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2023

Testing Ground

Draper, a non-profit engineering research company based in Cambridge, Mass., is building a 5.3-acre aerospace and defense campus near the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville. The 37,000-sq.-ft. facility will house one of the world's largest centrifuges and serve as the company's test site for guidance, navigation and control technologies. Read more »
Published on 11/30/2023

Tracking Close Encounters

Researchers at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach have developed a new way to count and analyze close encounters between drones and airplanes. The method will mean more accurate data — and safer operations — at airports, they say. Read more »
Published on 10/24/2023

Tech Focus

The Orlando Economic Partnership has spun off its development efforts in the technology sector to create Innovate Orlando, a non-profit that will promote its MetaCenter concept. David Adelson, who served as the partnership's chief innovation officer, will serve as Innovate Orlando's CEO. Read more »
Published on 9/27/2023

Enabling Orion

Darryl Howard grounds himself to his workstation to prevent a spark. Specially designed sticky floor mats and electrostatic smocks serve as additional safeguards, and for good reason: An unexpected zap could fry sensitive circuits that will go to the moon. The lives of four astronauts depend on more than just clean equipment. Read more »
Published on 9/12/2023

Optics Tech Training

Valencia College is launching a 15-week accelerated training program in September to meet growing demand for skilled precision optics and photonics technicians in Central Florida. Read more »
Published on 8/23/2023

Level Up

Brian Murphy knows the steep climb that startups face. He started ReliaQuest in 2007, nine months before the Great Recession, and didn't see a dime of outside investment for nearly a decade. In those early days, the Tampa-based company did general IT consulting work, mostly for government agencies. Over time, the company narrowed its focus to safeguarding digital client data and thwarting security threats. Read more »
Published on 8/2/2023

Live, Work, Scoot

J'Yah Marshall first saw the downtown high-rise apartment in 2017 while driving into Tampa for a job interview with ReliaQuest. When he got the job, the Jacksonville native remembers thinking, “I know where I want to live.” Read more »
Published on 8/2/2023

Florida's Future

We asked 13 experts in their respective fields to look into their crystal balls. Here are their thoughts on the decade ahead. Read more »
Published on 7/18/2023

Faster 3-D Fabrication

Ali Tamijani, an aerospace engineering professor at Embry-Riddle University, has spent the past decade and a half working on design and simulation technologies for 3-D printing, a process the aerospace and aviation industries have embraced to create prototypes and parts for planes and spacecraft. Read more »
Published on 6/29/2023

Connecting Seniors

After spending time with his grandparents, who live in the Villages, Lyman Starmer, 19, of Jacksonville started to think about the online platforms that connect residents of adult communities. At age 17, he started an online platform called Perspective with the goal of connecting people on bipartisan issues. Read more »
Published on 6/26/2023

Engineering a Solution to Cancer

Over the course of his career as a mechanical engineer, Greg Sawyer relished working on what he thought were “the hardest problems” in engineering — controlling surfaces to make things work in challenging environments, such as space. Read more »
Published on 6/23/2023

Rocking the Boat

A marine marketing truism holds that the ideal locale for photographing a boat is in the clear blue waters of the Bahamas. Cam Heaps, CEO of electric boat maker Voltari, wanted that Bahamas photo and decided to go for more: Instead of shipping or towing his new Voltari 260 performance boat there, he would seek to set a record for the “first and longest” electric boat overseas crossing — the 91 miles from Key Largo to Bimini. Read more »
Published on 5/15/2023

Smart Cane

Bay County high school students Henry Jiang and Walker Verenakis have created a prototype aid for the visually impaired. Both seniors at North Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City, the two have invented a digital ultrasound walking cane. Read more »
Published on 4/26/2023

Child's play

Will Weinraub caught the entrepreneurial bug early, while attending Nautilus Middle School in Miami Beach in 1997. Read more »
Published on 4/14/2023

The Futurist

By now, the usual reasons Wall Street types had for decamping to Florida during the pandemic are well-known: No income tax, an entrepreneurial spirit, welcoming policies and effusive politicians, high-growth potential and minimal regulation. Read more »
Published on 3/15/2023

Wasting No Time

About 30% of a typical city's food waste comes from restaurants. Aneshai Smith wants to do something about that while helping restaurants thrive. Her Orlando-based startup, Go See The City, offers digital coupons for deep discounts on unsold food before restaurants close for the day. Read more »
Published on 3/7/2023

Rocket Booster

Growing up in Satellite Beach, Janet Petro enjoyed a front row seat to the U.S. space program. Her father, who worked for Chrysler, moved the family from Michigan to the Space Coast in the early 1960s to help the automaker build spacecraft consoles that astronauts could operate. He ended up working on the Gemini, Mercury, Apollo and space shuttle programs. Petro recalls her family navigating their way through dunes strewn with sea oats — “there were no condos at the time,” she says — to witness rocket launches from the beach. One of her most vivid memor Read more »
Published on 2/9/2023

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator

Construction underway for Leon County's $24-million business incubator Read more »
Published on 12/31/2022

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