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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Pensacola startup NumNum will expand its headquarters, products: Pensacola startup and second place winner at this year's Innovation Awards is using their winnings to expand their headquarters in downtown Pensacola and introduce new products.  Go To Link »

Pensacola Bay Oyster Co. wins top prize at Innovation Awards: Pensacola Bay Oyster Co. won the top prize at this year's Innovation Awards. Other winners include NumNum, Cognitive Big Data, Mine Survival Inc, NeuBev Co, Invictus Knowledge Institute, and Halo Technology.  Go To Link »

Uniti Group To Acquire Southern Light: Uniti Group Inc. ( UNIT ) announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Southern Light, LLC, a provider of data transport services along the Gulf Coast region, with a $700M deal.

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Innovation Awards Directory: Ahead of the Innovation Awards this week, read about each company competing for cash awards in four categories. All finalists and semi-finalists will be exhibiting at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach while the 12 finalists will present before a panel of judges.  Read More »

Southern Light Launches The Connected World SaaS Platform: Southern Light, which operates more than 6,000 miles of fiber optic networks in the Southeast, signed an agreement today to launch The Connected World SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform. Go To Link »

AppRiver Salutes Veterans with Entrepreneurial Start-Up Program: Leading cloud-based cybersecurity and productivity services provider offers exclusive advantages for veterans in information technology fields with a limited time program to help veterans launch and succeed as technology entrepreneurs. Go To Link »


UWF College of Business Lunch and Learn
Monday May 8th 11:45 AM
Join our stellar panel for another great lunch & learn - Thinking Beyond Profit-Making: How Social Entrepreneurs Achieve the Triple Bottom Line Read More »

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.