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 and knowledge-based companies, professionals, and investment opportunities.

Innovation Award winners making waves

Less than one year after the inaugural Innovation Awards, the three winning companies are going strong – developing new products, expanding into other markets and making waves in their respective industries.

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Q&A with Sharon Heise, Associate Director of IHMC and Vice Chair of Innovation Coast

Sharon Heise, associate director of IHMC and vice chair of Innovation Coast, talks about IHMC’s success and growth and what it means for the Northwest Florida tech and knowledge sectors. 

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Center for Entrepreneurship coming to downtown Pensacola: The University of West Florida is partnering with Quint Studer to establish a Center for Entrepreneurship in downtown Pensacola. The center's home will be a new, $10 million, 55,000-square-foot building in the Community Maritime Park. Quint and Rishy Studer have made a $1 million gift in seed money to UWF for the center. Read More »

The Iron Man Challenge: The magazine visited the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) to get a sneak peek at the high tech offerings the world would see at the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Read More »

UWF, Space Florida collaborate on cybersecurity: Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport development authority, has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the University of West Florida Center for Research and Economic Opportunity to further develop Florida’s cybersecurity technologies. Go To Link »

AppRiver Expands Executive Team to Accelerate Momentum, Growth: AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web protection solutions announced it has expanded its executive team, adding a new executive appointment and three promotions to round out its world-class management team. Read More »

UWF announces Center for Research and Economic Opportunity: The University of West Florida announces the creation of the Center for Research and Economic Opportunity. CREO is the result of a merger of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of Economic Development and Engagement. Go To Link »

Innovation Award winner IRIS gains FDA approval, Florida Institute funding: The FDA granted clearance to the Innovation Coast 2014 Innovation Award winner Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems, a retinal screening software for primary care. Read More »


ITEN Wired Summit
October 22 & 23, 2015
Master today’s technology and prepare for tomorrow’s as the ITEN Wired Summit comes back to Pensacola in October. Read More »

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival
November 6, 7 & 8, 2015
The GGAF is a signature event in Northwest Florida and one of the best-regarded arts festivals in the United States. Read More »

February 19-21, 2016
Pensacola Comic Con is an all-inclusive pop culture convention for the fan community, spanning the genres of comics, anime, sci-fi, horror, gaming, and fantasy. 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.