Six years ago I decided to come to Orlando and it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. In my heart, and based on my research, I believed that Orlando was a growing city ripe with many opportunities for entrepreneurs.
I expressed the thoughts and feelings I had at the time by writing a poem that I recently published on my blog. I am very happy to be living in Orlando and am excited that the culture of tech and entrepreneurship is continuing to grow.
Earlier this week a great video was shared with me containing clips from a lot of familiar faces speaking about this growth. I found it to be inspiring and thought I’d share.
See the video below…
The Orlando Start-up & Tech culture has a lot of room to grow, but we’re definitely on the right track.
There are a lot of smart people working together to champion this cause and I am thankful to be a part of this movement.
Here are a number of Orlando’s Top Entrepreneurship Resources and Events
- Orlando Incubation Program – Business incubation network organized by UCF to help support early stage companies. I had two companies in the incubator over the last five years and found it to be a very nurturing environment and resource.
- Starter Studio – An accelerator focused on helping technology companies grow. Organized by Greg Pollack, Christine Ortiz, Dan McGaw and Orrett Davis
- National Entrepreneurship Center – Originally the Disney Entrepreneurship Center this resource offers assistance in business planning, business formation, doing business with the government, coaching and more. Led by Jerry Ross.
- StartSomething – monthly invite-only meet up / mastermind for Orlando entrepreneurs
- Blackstone Launch Pad -UCF student entrepreneurial coaching and advising. Operated by Cameron Ford and Pam Hoelzle.
- GrowFl – focused on helping second stage entrepreneurs
- University of Central Florida – UCF is the second largest University in the world. It attracts a great deal of high quality professors / researchers and students. There are many resources to leverage for not only education, but to help you grow your business and cultivate innovation as well.
- UCF College of Business – Offers great business education, variety of business plan competitions and an extensive network. Led by visionary Dean Paul Jarley.
- LeadershipTalks – Organized by Bruce Wang and Ryan Plaza. Leadership talks is a relatively new monthly event that features a business leader in the Orlando community speaking about topics related to leadership and entrepreneurship.
- RedCarpet Monday – Business professional and entrepreneurial meet up that occurs that alternates between Tampa and Orlando. The events typically have a very good turn out and plenty of networking opportunities.
- Trucks & Tech: A meetup organized by Ted Murphy, founder of IZEA that combines two of my favorite things….food and tech!
- Orlando Startup Weekend – 3 day event celebrating and nurturing area start-ups
- Florida Companies to Watch – Award banquet recognizing Florida area growth companies.
- CEONexus – Roundtables organized to help entrepreneurs and CEOs support one another
- Florida Angel Nexus – Connects Florida entrepreneurs to mentors, networking, and financial capital.
- Florida Venture Sourcing – Online community connecting investors, startups and mentors in the Orlando community.
- Orlando Chamber of Commerce – “Orlando Inc” is a branch of the Central Florida partnership focusing on regional entrepreneurship.
- Rollins Advanced Center for Entrepreneurship – The Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship’s objective is to educate and connect students and alumni with advanced entrepreneurs
- Orlando Creative Village – A epicenter for digital media and technology that is being developed by the City of Orlando.
- Florida Technology Journal – Publication covering Florida innovation, business and technology. Also, the producers of the video above! Nice job guys
Big props to all of the people moving the tech & entrepreneurial culture forward in Orlando.
What are your favorite Orlando resources for entrepreneurs or start-ups?
If you’d like to add a helpful entrepreneurial resource to this list drop a comment below.
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