Innovation Coast News

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…

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

  Go To Link »


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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.  

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.”

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

Coupons Calling

Innovation Coast board member Peter Nowak is featured in Florida Trend with his latest venture, 1&Done, a text marketing system. 1&Done directs smartphone users to e-coupons. Coupons are delivered on-demand and only once over mobile phones. Read More »


National Flight Academy uses technology to spur STEM learning

The National Flight Academy, a state-of-the-art educational institution located at Naval Air Station Pensacola, is using technology to get students ready for futures in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. 

Read More »

Innovation Coast holds first Women in Technology Lecture

Innovation Coast kicked off its Women in Technology lecture series April 28 with a presentation from Dr. Dawn Kernagis, a research scientist at the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition at the National Flight Academy. Kernagis specializes in human performance optimization and risk mitigation for operators in extreme environments, such as undersea divers, aviators and astronauts.

Read More »

AppRiver Announces New Secure Electronic Signature Solution for Businesses

Innovation Coast partner, AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email messaging and Web security solutions, today announced the addition of a secure e-signature solution to its CipherPost Pro™ email encryption platform. Read More »


Award-winning robotics team speaks at UWF about experiences in competition

Members of the award-winning Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition Robotics Team spoke at the University of West Florida April 14 about their experiences in a prestigious international competition that earned them a second-place finish. The robotics team from IHMC, a nonprofit research institute in downtown Pensacola, competed in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge. The challenge consisted of three different competitions held from 2013-15.

Read More »

UWF recognized for excellence in cybersecurity education

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated the University of West Florida as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education. A ceremony recognizing this national CAE-CDE designation will be held at the Eighth Annual National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Alabama. Read More »


Q&A: Cognitive Big Data Systems CEO Lloyd Reshard

Lloyd Reshard, Cognitive Big Data Systems

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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 »


Tallahassee expert discusses coming overtime law changes

Tallahassee attorney William Krizner recently led a discussion with Pensacola business owners, human resources specialists and supervisors about coming changes in overtime law and more stringent employment law enforcement. Sponsored by Innovation Coast, the roundtable focused on proposals that will allow an estimated 5 million more employees nationally to qualify for overtime.

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 »


New IHMC researcher first in Women in Technology lecture series

Innovation Coast’s Women in Technology Committee is inaugurating its lecture series with a talk by Dr. Dawn Kernagis at 4 p.m. April 28 at the National Flight Academy. Kernagis is a research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, or IHMC. Admission to the lecture is free.

Read More »

Innovation Coast reaches toward Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Panama City with Venture Hive

Innovation Coast has forged a partnership with Venture Hive, a company that creates unique, timely and relevant content for business accelerators, communities, K-12 and universities. The partnership with Venture Hive, which is based in Miami but has an office in Fort Walton Beach, represents Innovation Coast’s first alliance with an Okaloosa County organization.

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 »


IHMC featured in NOVA special

The IHMC will be featured in a Feb. 24 NOVA special on PBS, "Rise of the Robots," which explores the roles robots may play in our everyday lives in the not-so-distant future. Read More »


Venture Hive Veterans Program opens Applications for its 2016 Accelerator Class

Venture Hive Fort Walton Beach is now accepting applications for its 2016 Venture Hive Veterans Program. The program connects highly qualified veteran, military dependent-led businesses or concepts northwest Florida with the support and training they need to scale their businesses to the next level. Read More »


IHMC Running Man serves as Mardi Gras Grand Marshal

Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s “Running Man” robot rolled through downtown the grand marshal of the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade on Feb. 6.

  Read More »


CyberThon prepares Pensacola students for careers in tech

Pensacola's CyberThon 2016, held Jan. 22-24, pitted student teams against simulated cyberattacks over the course of the weekend-long event. “We want this event to be both disruptive and impactful in terms of the students’ thinking,” said Randy Ramos, president of the local Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. “CyberThon inspires the students.”

Read More »

Gulf Power brings state’s biggest solar array to Northwest Florida

Gulf Power recently announced the company will install more than 1.5 million solar panels at three Northwest Florida military installations – enough to power about 18,000 homes.

Read More »

PSC adds new cybersecurity degree

This fall, Pensacola State College will offer a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity. Graduates of PSC’s four-year program earn 19 industry certifications that are sought by employers. Read More »


Pensacola company offers new mobile marketing system

A Pensacola company uses new technology to send special deals and marketing information to any consumer who can receive text messages and wants them. And it is done without collecting consumer phone numbers, email addresses or other identifying information.

Read More »

Innovation Coast Chair supports PSC cybersecurity program in Tallahassee

On Jan. 6, Innovation Coast Chair Jim McClellan spoke at the State Board of Education Meeting in Tallahassee in support of Pensacola State College's B.A.S. in Cybersecurity degree. Read More »


As technology changes, so do Niels Andersen’s ideas

Local entrepreneur Niels K. Andersen has seen technology change quickly. His ability to recognize those changes has made his Pensacola company, KontactIntelligence, a leader in its field.

Read More »

Recent Articles