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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Skills every aspiring entrepreneur must master

If you want to succeed in business, you must learn the art of the elevator pitch. Business expert, Patrick Rooney, gives tips for preparing your 30-second elevator pitch. 

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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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Santa Rosa website maps out student career paths: Santa Rosa County School District employees hope the new website, created in collaboration with Santa Rosa Economic Development office, will guide students and their families to careers that align with regional workforce needs. Go To Link »

IHMC water robot boosts recovery from BP oil spill: In the first of two test runs this week on local waterways, a team of scientists from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition on Tuesday launched an autonomous drone on Bayou Texar to map out the estuary and study its water quality. Go To Link »

Saltmarsh Merges in Reingruber: Florida accounting firm Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund has added Reingruber & Company, P.A., a firm based in St. Petersburg, Fla., with an affiliate in Nashville, Tenn., specializing in clients in the health care industry. Go To Link »

Enterprise Florida Innovation Coast supports Enterprise Florida: The Innovation Coast Board of Directors issued a statement recognizing that Enterprise Florida has played a vital role in creating thousands of new jobs and sustaining economic growth in Northwest Florida and is critical to our region’s efforts to grow and attract more technology and knowledge-based companies in the future. Read More »

AppRiver Continues Corporate Momentum for 15 Years: When it comes to the health of a company, numbers may not be everything, but they are a good indicator of corporate wellness. AppRiver announced today that it had another record year in 2016—marking its fifteenth year in a row of upward corporate momentum. Read More »

Innovation Awards get overwhelming registration response: A reception was held on March 1st to celebrate the 62 registrants for the 2017 Innovation Awards. Registrants represent companies from across Florida, and as far away and Colorado, New York and New Jersey. 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 »

Venture Hive Spring 2017 Veterans Business Accelerator
Deadline April 7, 2017
Veterans and Veterans' dependents can sign up for this no-cost, real-world 12-week (Monday, April 10 - Friday, June 16, 2017) training session and learn how to start or grow their company. Classes meet 2-3 times weekly in the morning. Applications are open through, April 7, 2017. Read More »

Robotics Day at the National Naval Aviation Museum
Saturday April 15th 12 PM-5PM
Join us for a day of free activities for the whole family and robots! Read More »

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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.