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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IMS To Receive EntreCon’s 2017 Best Medium Business of the Year Award: EntreCon, an annual business and leadership development conference hosted by the Studer Community Institute, recently selected IMS ExpertServices as the 2017 Best Medium Business of the Year. Read More »

IHMC's Ken Ford will enter Florida Inventors Hall of Fame on Monday: Ken Ford, co-founder, and CEO of the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition in Pensacola will be inducted into the Inventors Hall of fame today in Tampa, FL Go To Link »

UWF Cybernauts, Florida Cyber Range shine at ITEN WIRED Summit: A team of seven University of West Florida students, the UWF Cybernauts, won first place at the ITEN WIRED Summit Cyber Defense and Incident Response Competition on Wednesday at the Hilton on Pensacola Beach.  Go To Link »

FloridaWest launches cybersecurity strategic plan at University of West Florida: FloridaWest unveiled the plan at the University of West Florida. It includes four primary objectives: Build a thriving workforce, strengthen existing partnerships to enhance innovation and economic development, improve technology infrastructure and market FloridaWest's new cybersecurity brand "Live Coastal. Work Cyber." Go To Link »

Marlin Equity Partners acquires majority interest in Gulf Breeze-based AppRiver: AppRiver, a global cloud-based cybersecurity provider based in Gulf Breeze, announced on Friday a new partnership with private investment firm Marlin Equity Partners that it contends should expand the company internationally. Go To Link »

IRIS: Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems Ranks No. 459 on the 2017 Inc. 500 with Three-Year Sales Growth of 955%: IRIS was founded with the idea that through innovative preventative care systems the sight of every patient with diabetes could be saved. 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.