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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UWF Cyber Club places first in CyberThon 2017

The University of West Florida Cyber Club placed first in the college division this past weekend in CyberThon 2017, the third annual cybersecurity challenge event hosted by the AFCEA Blue Angels Pensacola Challenge at Naval Air Station Pensacola National Flight Academy.

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Winning 2014 Innovation Awards was pivotal moment in IRIS' success trajectory

In 2014, IRIS was among the top 10 presenting finalists to compete in the Innovation Awards before a live panel of judges for cash prizes valued at more than $215,000. 

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UWF Center for Entrepreneurship launches resource website to help Northwest Florida entrepreneurs: The University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Gulf Power Company and FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance, has developed the Northwest Florida Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assets Portal to assist entrepreneurs in Northwest Florida. Go To Link »

PSC wins national 2017 Bellwether Award: From an initial field of 2,500 applicants, Pensacola State College won the prestigious, national 2017 Bellwether Award in the Instructional Programs and Services category at the Community College Futures Assembly in Orlando Jan. 31. Read More »

Innovation Awards Extends Registration to Feb. 28: With startups across the Florida Panhandle showing interest in the Innovation Awards, the deadline to submit entries is being extended to Feb. 28. Read More »

Accountingfly members, PNJ file photo. Joseph Baucum looks at the Innovation Awards: With the deadline for companies to register to compete at this year's Innovation Awards fast approaching, the PNJ's Joseph Baucum talks to organizers and past winners. Go To Link »

Landrum Human Resources Companies Steps Up to Support Veterans: Landrum Human Resources Companies is recognizing the talent that resides in Northwest Florida's military community by committing $10,000 to sponsor the Innovation Award's Landrum Veterans Award.  Read More »

Corporate America Magazine Names IMS ExpertServices Best Expert Witness Search Firm: This award acknowledges the efforts of individuals and firms who successfully apply their expertise to consistently deliver outstanding service to some of the most prominent organizations in the legal industry. Read More »


Innovation Awards Registration Deadline
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
The Innovation Awards can set the stage for your company’s success story. If you are ready to take your startup to the next level, you can sign up using our online application until February 28, 2017. Read More »

2017 Innovation Awards
April 12 & 13, 2017
Take your business invention from inception to commercialization by participating in the Innovation Awards contest – the most lucrative business plan competition and capital acceleration opportunity in Florida. 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.