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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Lloyd Reshard, Cognitive Big Data SystemsQ&A: Cognitive Big Data Systems CEO Lloyd Reshard

Lloyd Reshard retired after 26 years with the Air Force Research Laboratory, where he spent his last six years as the chief of the Munitions Aerodynamics Sciences Branch at Eglin Air Force Base. In 2014, he co-founded Cognitive Big Data Systems, where he now serves as CEO. Cognitive Big Data Systems was selected as one of the inaugural members of Venture Hive, a Miami-based business accelerator for veterans and dependents that expanded to Fort Walton Beach last year.

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Socialdesk brings coworking space to Pensacola

Pensacola is getting an innovative space where new tech companies and other startups can access “crazy fast” Internet, play pingpong and pick the brains of their peers. Pensacola Socialdesk, founded by Pensacola entrepreneur Peter Nowak, is a local example of a modern office space phenomenon called “coworking,” which gathers the staffs of several small firms into a common area where ideas are exchanged and innovation is nurtured.

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In Weekly 2016 Power List Innovation Coast organizations, members make 2016 Power List: When it comes to Pensacola’s most influential, Innovation Coast has cornered the market. Several member organizations had their leadership listed on the InWeekly 2016 Power List, which ranks the most influential people in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Read More »

Innovation Coast welcomes diverse new members: Southern Light, Cyber Safe Workforce LLC, and the National Flight Academy have all joined Innovation Coast in our mission to build a strong Northwest Florida tech and knowledge community, and to attract new business and talent to our area. Read More »

Space Florida development proposed for Downtown Pensacola: Space Florida is developing a new project in Downtown Pensacola's Technology Park with the intent to stimulate high-tech economic activity that will help position Florida to take advantage of the growth of aerospace and cybersecurity that is happening in the Gulf states area. Read More »

Florida Venture Forum seeks presenters: The Florida Venture Forum in partnership with Space Florida is calling for early stage companies to Apply to Present at the 2016 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg, FL, on May 17, 2016. Read More »

Rick Duke named founding director of Center for Entrepreneurship at UWF: The Center for Entrepreneurship will encourage and support educational initiatives related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking while serving as a comprehensive resource for economic innovation for students, industry and community partners. Read More »

Register, volunteer for UWF CodeFest: The University of West Florida's inaugural CodeFest invites teams of programmers, project managers, graphic designers, and other people within the software development to form teams and develop a product over a weekend for the consumer. The event is currently seeking teams and volunteers. Read More »


Venture Hive Lunch and Learn: Memory Improvement
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
As part of the Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach Free Business Seminar Series and learn an array of techniques to improve your memory. Read More »

ITEN Wired Summit
October 12–14, 2016
The technology conference hosted by IT Gulf Coast and Florida West Economic Development Alliance comes back to Pensacola in October. 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.