Innovation Coast News

Pensacola Businesses Receive National Recognition from Department of Labor

VetCV and EBI Management Group were both recognized by the Department of Labor as HIRE VETS medallion award winners.  Read More »


NSA Partners with UWF to Accelerate Cybersecurity Degrees

UWF President Martha D. Saunders and Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder

The University of West Florida and the National Security Agency announce a partnership to enhance cybersecurity workforce development and create accelerated pathways toward completion of an undergraduate cybersecurity degree program. The agreement allows students who complete the Joint Cyber Analysis Course to earn undergraduate credit hours at UWF.

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VetCV announces the launch of their newest web application designed to provide Veterans with a secure online home.

VetCV is a powerful tool that helps plan and manage a Veteran’s successful transition and integration to civilian life. Read More »


IRIS announces new CEO

IRIS has named Chris Belmont, former senior vice president and chief information officer of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as its interim CEO. Belmont also previously served as chief information officer and senior vice president of Ochsner Health System in Louisiana. The company also plans to relocate to new headquarters in downtown Pensacola. Go To Link »


Antaviana launches directory of cybersecurity technology and providers

Cybertango is a cybersecurity directory listing 1,300+ cybersecurity vendors around the globe searchable by cybersecurity field of specialization, location and more. It’s an easier way to sort through the available cybersecurity technology and providers and find exactly what you need. Go To Link »


IMS ExpertServices Announces Partnership With Trinity Hunt Partners

IMS ExpertServices announced today that it has partnered with Trinity Hunt Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm that teams with founder/owners of entrepreneurial companies to accelerate their success.  Read More »


Gulf Breeze wants $31 million in Triumph funds for new town center, tech park

With support from Santa Rosa County, the Santa Rosa County School District and city-based medical and technology companies, the city is looking to create a town center and develop a medical and technology office park with Triumph funding. Go To Link »


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 »


11 Years in a Row: AppRiver Named to 2017 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America Again

Cloud Cybersecurity and Productivity Provider One of Two Florida-Based Businesses Recognized on the List Read More »


Studer unveils renderings for $6.5 million SunTrust Tower upgrades

Studer Community Institute has unveiled the first renderings and new details of its planned $6.5 million upgrade to the SunTrust Tower building in downtown Pensacola. Go To Link »


First Place Partners, New Economic Development Organization, Launches in Pensacola

A new Northwest Florida economic development organization expects to ramp up operations this month with the goal of supplying significant support to the Pensacola region including Innovation Coast members, Florida West and the Santa Rosa County EDO. Go To Link »


Firefighting Robot Being Developed in Pensacola

About 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty every year. A robot being developed at Pensacola's groundbreaking Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) might one day save lives. Go To Link »


Gulf Power launches Tesla battery technology research project

Gulf Power Company launched a new research project Wednesday at its Douglas L. McCrary Training Center, where the utility will study how Tesla battery technology can curb energy use for commercial and industrial customers. Go To Link »


Venture Hive to move from Brooks Street

Venture Hive, the business accelerator designed to assist veterans who want to become entrepreneurs, soon will move from its home on Brooks Street. Go To Link »


Collier NAACP helps send high school students to Flight Academy in Pensacola

14 Collier County high school students spent a week at the National Flight Academy. The students attended the academy through the student enrichment program of the NAACP of Collier County. Go To Link »


Changing Technology Leads Evolving Cybersecurity Strategy

Dr. Jacob Shively, assistant professor of government at the University of West Florida, recently received a GROW Institute grant from the UWF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to begin to look at the implications of technology and security policy. Go To Link »


Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems Raises Series B Growth Funding

IRIS, the industry leader in early detection systems for diabetic eye disease and the winner of the 2014 Innovation Awards, today announced the company successfully closed a round of Series B financing.  Read More »


National Flight Academy plans first-of-its kind cybersecurity camp for Pensacola-area kids

Students will practice writing computer code, encrypting messages and thwarting hacking attempts in a new camp planned by the National Flight Academy in July. Go To Link »


UWF to host GenCyber Pathways to Cyber summer camps

The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity will offer the only two GenCyber summer camps in the state for local high school students and teachers with an interest in cybersecurity. Read More »


IMS ExpertServices Celebrates 25th Anniversary

IMS ExpertServices is celebrating its 25th anniversary as the preeminent expert witness provider. Read More »


U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson tours UWF Center for Cybersecurity

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson visited the University of West Florida Pensacola campus on Friday and toured the Center for Cybersecurity with UWF President Martha Saunders. Read More »


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 »


2017 Innovation Awards Results

Pensacola Bay Oyster Co.

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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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 »


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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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 »


Finalists announced for 2017 Innovation Awards

Companies represent talent and innovation in Northwest Florida and beyond. The 12 companies selected as the Innovation Awards finalists represent the diverse talent and innovation present in Northwest Florida and those seeking a start here. Read More »


In-kind gifts will bolster Innovation Awards finalists’ opportunities for success

From memberships to an international executive coaching organization to rent-free office space to professional coaching to free legal and patent services, Northwest Florida businesses are offering a wide range of in-kind gifts and services to bolster Innovation Awards finalists’ opportunities for success. Read More »


Effort underway to make panhandle "Florida's Cyber Coast"

The Silicon Valley is known for its technology, Hollywood for its movies and possibly one day, northwest Florida for its cybersecurity. Stakeholders in the community will take the first big step in that effort when they come together to do a “SWOT analysis.” That is a study to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Go To Link »


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 »


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 »


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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IHMC and InterDigital’s Innovation Partners Debut Contextual Driving Platform at MWC 2017

InterDigital, Inc. and Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) today announced a debut demonstration of their Contextual Driving Platform (CDP) at this year's Mobile World Congress. Go To Link »


Business community rallies to support local entrepreneurs competing in Innovation Awards

Northwest Florida’s business community is stepping up its commitment to local entrepreneurs by offering $19,500 in cash and business services valued at thousands of dollars to winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards. Read More »


Microsoft honors Pensacola's IRIS for innovation

Already among the region's most successful startups, 2014 Innovation Awards winner IRIS, is one of the recipients of Microsoft's Health Innovation Awards.  Go To Link »


Flight academy opens world to alternative students

Santa Rosa High School senior discusses his experience at the National Flight Academy at Pensacola Naval Air Station. Lamb is participating in a 24-hour immersion program on Feb. 23-24 for the second time. Go To Link »


UWF Center for Entrepreneurship launches resource website to help Northwest Florida entrepreneurs

The University of West Florida Center for Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with Gulf Power Company and FloridaWest Economic Development Alliance, has developed the Northwest Florida Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Assets Portal to assist entrepreneurs in Northwest Florida. Go To Link »


PSC wins national 2017 Bellwether Award

From an initial field of 2,500 applicants, Pensacola State College won the prestigious, national 2017 Bellwether Award in the Instructional Programs and Services category at the Community College Futures Assembly in Orlando Jan. 31. Read More »


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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Winning 2014 Innovation Awards was pivotal moment in IRIS' success trajectory

In 2014, IRIS was among the top 10 presenting finalists to compete in the Innovation Awards before a live panel of judges for cash prizes valued at more than $215,000. 

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Innovation Awards Extends Registration to Feb. 28

With startups across the Florida Panhandle showing interest in the Innovation Awards, the deadline to submit entries is being extended to Feb. 28. Read More »


8 Ways to Kick-Start Your Startup in 2017

Pensacola business financing expert reveals various funding methods. Whether your business is in the startup or scale-up phase, raising capital is a challenge you will encounter throughout the life cycle of your business venture. 

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Pensacola entrepreneur credits 2014 Innovation Awards for bringing his tech startup to life

Lloyd Reshard, CEO of Cognitive Big Data Systems, said competitions, like the Innovation Awards and Get Started Pensacola, forced him to think through key issues in his business model and learn how to pitch it to an audience.

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Joseph Baucum looks at the Innovation Awards

With the deadline for companies to register to compete at this year's Innovation Awards fast approaching, the PNJ's Joseph Baucum talks to organizers and past winners. Go To Link »


Innovation Coast guest speaker explores historical parallels between flight and artificial intelligence

Dr. Ken Ford, director and CEO of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and a world-renowned expert on artificial intelligence gives a glimpse of the future of AI.

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Pensacola Selected to Join White House TechHire Initiative

The White House selected Pensacola to join the TechHire Community Initiative, a program that builds tech talent pipelines in communities across the country. Innovation Coast will collaborate with Pensacola State College and other workforce partners.

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Landrum Human Resources Companies Steps Up to Support Veterans

Landrum Human Resources Companies is recognizing the talent that resides in Northwest Florida's military community by committing $10,000 to sponsor the Innovation Award's Landrum Veterans Award.  Read More »


Pensacola Social Desk Transforming the Workplace Landscape

With its endless supply of caffeine, free Wi-Fi and opportunity for social interaction, local coffee shops are favorite workspaces for budding entrepreneurs, consultants and web developers. But a new co-working space in Pensacola is transforming the workplace landscape by integrating the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee shop with the amenities found in a typical office. 

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A Business Plan is a Roadmap to Success

Dr. Bob Perkins Assistant Professor of Management at the University of West Florida

With the Innovation Awards business plan competition approaching on April 12-13, businesses have a huge incentive to write and submit winning business plans: more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including consulting and technical services. Here are the 8 items to include in your successful business plan.

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Innovation Coast Announces New Executive Director

Tiffany Sullivan

The Board of Directors of Innovation Coast is pleased to announce local attorney,  Tiffany Sullivan, is the nonprofit organization’s new executive director. Sullivan will  focus on relationship-building initiatives.

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ITEN Wired Summit runs gamut of technology

Jobs in cybersecurity, data breaches and the increasing importance of drones were just some of the topics covered during the wide-ranging annual ITEN Wired Summit held Oct.12-14 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach.  

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Learn the basics of intellectual property law before starting a business

Local attorney, J. Nevin Shaffer Jr.,  gives startups tips on intellectual property pitfalls to avoid.

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Innovation Awards Return for 2017

Immovation Awards

Florida’s most lucrative business competition contest is back bigger and better than ever. $250,000 in cash and other consulting and technical services will be up for grabs, plus more opportunities for winners with tailored prize catagories. 

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Corporate America Magazine Names IMS ExpertServices Best Expert Witness Search Firm

This award acknowledges the efforts of individuals and firms who successfully apply their expertise to consistently deliver outstanding service to some of the most prominent organizations in the legal industry. Read More »


Innovation Coast looking for new executive director

Since 2011, Innovation Coast has rallied behind technology and knowledge-based companies by identifying partnership opportunities that spur economic growth and development. To continue to expand the region’s technology footprint, Innovation Coast is looking for an individual who has the skills and motivation to lead the charge.

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Venture Hive Announces 2016 Retail Accelerator Classes For Both Non-Veterans and Veterans

Venture Hive, is happy to announce that a variety of Retail Companies in the Greater Fort Walton Beach area will be selected to participate at no cost in the second 2016 Venture Hive Accelerator class that begins September 19, and ends December 9.    Read More »


Minority-Owned Software Company Earns top 500 spot in Inc, 5000 Ranking.

Pay Sell Co., a Minority-owned software company based in Pensacola, Florida has earned the ranking of #484 on the prestigious Inc. 5000. Published annually by and Inc. Magazine, Inc. 5000 is a globally recognized list of the fastest growing private companies in the US. Read More »


Small business owners get new digital tools from Gulf Power

Gulf Power recognizes that small businesses make up the backbone of our community. They dream big, take risks and create value for their customers and their employees. As part of their effort to support business, Gulf Power developed a database of free resources and organizations located here in Northwest Florida that can help you succeed. Read More »


2016 Florida VentureTech Showcase

The showcase is a capital acceleration competition and business-networking event co-hosted by Space Florida and the Florida Venture Forum. The event will feature presentations by some of Florida's most promising growth-stage companies. Additionally, a cross section of investors will be in attendance.  Troy Knauss, instructor, with the Angel Resource Institute, will be the special guest speaker. Go To Link »


Delta, National Flight Academy Cultivate Students' Passion for Aviation

In partnership with Delta’s Community Affairs and Flight Operations departments, the National Flight Academy hosted students for a two week-long camp this August to teach them about aviation and inspire them to pursue challenging STEM-related course work - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Go To Link »


AppRiver once again honored by Inc.'s 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies

An Innovation Coast partner, AppRiver is the only Florida IT services firm to achieve 10 years in a row and only one of 12 nationwide. Read More »


Pensacola's IHMC featured in Scientific American

The Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC) is featured in the July issue of Scientific American magazine. The article by John Pavlus tackles the complex issues that the IHMC Robotics Team is working to overcome to create a true bipedal walking robot.  Go To Link »


Pensacola scientist spends 8 days living underwater for NASA research

Pensacola local and research scientist, Dr. Dawn Kernagis, is from the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Channel Three new had to Skype with her for this interview, because she was 45-feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean at the time. Go To Link »


Summer Research Symposium Highlights Student Projects

About 150 people gathered in the college of science and engineering building for the second annual symposium Aug. 5, at which the summer program culminated. About 50 students presented 44 posters highlighting their summer projects.

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Women in Naval Aviation Talk Experience, Tech

Innovation Coast held the second event in its Women in Technology series on July 20, which featured a panel discussion with three women who spent their careers in the field of Naval Aviation. 

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Cybersecurity Risks Discussed at CEO Roundtable

John French gave a presentation that included tips on how to lower the risk of cyber-attacks during a CEO Roundtable on Cybersecurity held June 29 at Beggs & Lane law firm in downtown Pensacola. The roundtable was presented by Innovation Coast and attended by area business leaders.

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Why You Need to Join Innovation Coast

Innovation Coast’s purpose is to “address the specific challenges facing local technology organizations, including a shortage of highly skilled employees, insufficient investment capital, and gaps in supply-chain and supporting infrastructure. Our focus is spreading the news about our area, building interest within the national technology talent community, mentoring startups, networking, partnering and assisting with access to capital.”

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Veteran-owned businesses highlighted during Venture Hive Events

Venture Hive is partnering with the city of Fort Walton Beach to connect veterans, their spouses and dependents to the resources they need to grow their businesses through accelerator and pre-accelerator programs. 

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