Innovation Coast is an alliance of technology and knowledge based companies in Northwest Florida. Its mission is to grow, sustain, and showcase the region’s successful, vibrant ecosystem of technology companies, professionals, and investment opportunities.

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Pensacola Bay Oyster Co.2017 Innovation Awards Results

Innovation isn’t a word commonly used to describe oyster farming. When the owners of Pensacola Bay Oyster Co. explained the innovation and research that lies beneath the surface of this new industry, they secured first place – and the $100,000 cash prize –  at the 2017 Innovation Awards. See all the winners…

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UWF named by NSA as National Center of Academic Excellence Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center for the Southeast region

The University of West Florida has been named by the National Security Agency as the National Center of Academic Excellence Cybersecurity Regional Resource Center for the Southeastern region. 

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First Place Partners, New Economic Development Organization, Launches in Pensacola: A new Northwest Florida economic development organization expects to ramp up operations this month with the goal of supplying significant support to the Pensacola region including Innovation Coast members, Florida West and the Santa Rosa County EDO. Go To Link »

Firefighting Robot Being Developed in Pensacola: About 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year. A robot being developed at Pensacola's groundbreaking Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) might one day save lives. Go To Link »

Gulf Power launches Tesla battery technology research project: Gulf Power Company launched a new research project Wednesday at its Douglas L. McCrary Training Center, where the utility will study how Tesla battery technology can curb energy use for commercial and industrial customers. Go To Link »

Venture Hive to move from Brooks Street: Venture Hive, the business accelerator designed to assist veterans who want to become entrepreneurs, soon will move from its home on Brooks Street. Go To Link »

Collier NAACP helps send high school students to Flight Academy in Pensacola: 14 Collier County high school students spent a week at the National Flight Academy. The students attended the academy through the student enrichment program of the NAACP of Collier County. Go To Link »

Changing Technology Leads Evolving Cybersecurity Strategy: Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor of government at the University of West Florida, recently received a GROW Institute grant from the UWF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to begin to look at the implications of technology and security policy. Go To Link »


ITEN Wired Summit
October 9–11, 2017
The technology conference hosted by IT Gulf Coast and Florida West Economic Development Alliance comes back to Pensacola in October. Read More »

About Innovation Coast


Innovation Coast provides the opportunity to converse and collaborate with other industry members about the issues and challenges facing individual organizations and the technology and knowledge based industry sectors as a whole.

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Innovation Coast is a link to technology and knowledge-based careers in Northwest Florida, recruiting talent for member companies and organizations and working to attract the critically needed workforce for the sector.

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Innovation Coast offers the opportunity to collaborative with educators to shape the programs that will train tomorrow's technology and knowledge based workforce.


Northwest Florida enjoys the friendly business environment and ample resources necessary for its establishment and growth as a hub of innovation and advancement in the technology and knowledge based industry sectors.