Florida Innovation Month

January 16 | insights

February is Florida Innovation Month, experience all the amazing opportunities and events across Florida showcasing our innovation ecosystem.

Florida Venture Capital Conference

January 31 – February 1 | The JW Marriott Marquis Miami

Connect with innovative companies. Network with active investors, talented founders, and startup experts. Experience the creative energy of the Sunshine State.

 

XR & AI in Healthcare Summit in Miami

February 1 | University of Miami Lakeside Village

A one-day conference and technology fair will bring together medical professionals who are currently using XR and AI technologies, medical professionals looking to learn about the technology, Academia and Medical Technology companies that are developing solutions to address the needs of the healthcare industry.

 

Indienomicon Demo Day & Game Day

February 3 | Melrose Center

Join Indienomicon Foundation for Demo Day and Game Day, a fan-favorite event that brings our gaming community together. Featuring guest speakers, round table discussions on trending topics in the game industry, networking, learning, skill-building, and board games.

 

Orlando Tech Community tenX Virtual

February 6 | Virtual

Join the monthly virtual networking event on the First Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Come ready to meet fellow regional tech ecosystem members, brainstorm, solve problems, find resources and more!

 

America’s Seed Fund Road Tour

February 7 | Central Florida Tech Grove

America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as “America’s Seed Fund”.

 

7th Annual Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit

February 7-8 | UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center

A forum for members of the DoD, Military Services, Federal Government, Industry, Academia, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the future of modeling, simulation, and virtual training technologies in preparing Warfighters and decision-makers to be trained, ready, and lethal for the future fight. The 2024 VT&S Summit will aim to advance the DoD’s ability to deliver virtual environments that provide hyper-realistic training scenarios that enhance warfighter readiness, enable lethality, and enforce battlefield cohesion across the services at all echelons, in all domains.

 

FBIA Winter Conference

February 8-9 | Tampa Bay Innovation Center

Through peer to peer learning, community of practice knowledge sharing, and statewide advocacy, FBIA acknowledges, celebrates and affirms the importance of inclusive prosperity and puts the entrepreneur at the center of all that we do. If you are interested in getting better together, advancing your thought leadership, developing professionally, and giving back, FBIA is a worthwhile investment of your time and money.

 

USF Engineering Expo

February 9-10 | University of South Florida

Starting as a high school recruiting event to showcase the College of Engineering in 1973, the Engineering EXPO has expanded to become a two-day event that takes place on Friday and Saturday in February. The event has also expanded to welcome students in grades K-12 from throughout the state on local field trips to learn about the various opportunities available in STEM.

 

SECME Regional Competition

February 10 | University of Central Florida

UCF CECS is a proud sponsor and host for the SECME Regional Competition. SECME is a strategic alliance partnering schools, universities, industry, and government to renew and strengthen the professional capacity of K-12 educators, motivate and mentor students, and empower parents and communities so that all young people will learn and achieve at higher levels.

 

Orlando Tech Community tenX Virtual

February 13 | Virtual

Join the monthly virtual networking event on the First Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Come ready to meet fellow regional tech ecosystem members, brainstorm, solve problems, find resources and more!

 

Web 1-3: Past, Present, Tomorrow

February 13 | NSU Broward Center of Innovation

Join Women in Tech & entrespenuership for “Web 1-3: Past, Present, Tomorrow,” an enlightening event co-hosted with Women of Web3 CFL. This unique gathering will take you on a journey through the evolution of the internet, from its inception as Web 1.0 to the innovative realm of Web3, and into the possibilities of its future. Our fireside chat and presentation format, led by industry experts Kia Mia and Osoth “Mo” Williams, offer an engaging exploration of the digital world’s past, present, and potential.

 

Innovation Marketplace

February 14 | Central Florida Tech Grove

Join the monthly virtual networking event on the First Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Come ready to meet fellow regional tech ecosystem members, brainstorm, solve problems, find resources and more!

 

LatinTechX Pitch Night

February 15 | Italian Club of Tampa

A groundbreaking program presented by Tampa Bay Wave in partnership with the Tampa Bay Latin Chamber of Commerce, championed by U.S. Representative Kathy Castor and powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Join for a night of celebration and incredible networking with Tampa Bay’s innovation community. Mingle with the region’s Latin entrepreneurs and hear exciting business pitches from the 15 LatinTech startups in the LatinTech Accelerator… all from the heart of the region’s Latin Quarters….Ybor City!

 

GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch

February 15 | Hard Rock Live, Universal City Walk

An annual awards celebration that recognizes second-stage companies headquartered in Florida for innovation, community involvement, leadership, and growth. Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Companies to Watch is a unique way to honor the companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes.

 

Spark STEM Fest

February 17-19 | Orlando Science Center

The event resides at the crossroads of inspiration and engagement, igniting curiosity in STEM careers, empowering meaningful connections between the public and STEM professionals, and building excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead.

 

Women in Tech & Entrepreneurship – Jacksonville Chapter Launch

February 20 | Wicked Barley Brewing Company

Join for an uplifting gathering of driven women founders, tech aficionados, venture capitalists, and advocates propelling change in the tech and entrepreneurial landscape. Women in Tech & Entrepreneurship is thrilled to announce the launch of its Jacksonville Chapter.

 

Florida Technology Student Association

February 21-24 | Double Tree Universal

The state conference and competition may be the most exciting event of the TSA school year. Thousands of students arrive in Orlando near the end of February with the goal of a first place in their TSA event(s). Students compete over three days, and the culmination of all the hard work comes at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

 

The Orlando Game Jam

February 22-25 | Melrose Center

Unleash your creativity and join them on February 22, 4-7 p.m., for an exciting information session where you’ll discover the secret theme and special challenges, form a team, and plan how to create a video game over the weekend. You’ll have a chance to win cash prizes and showcase your skills to the world!

 

Business of Biotech

February 22-23 | Moffitt Cancer Center

The Business of Biotech conference began in 2006 and has become a signature event in Tampa Bay. The conference historically attracts over 400 biotech executives, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and researchers from across the U.S. and is a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with the innovators of our age.

 

STEM/SHIFT 2024 An Innovation Summit

February 23-24 | University of South Florida

A national summit focused on building momentum towards STEM business creation leveraging new use applications for NASA’s patent portfolio of existing market-ready technologies. This event offers a hands-on immersive experience for college faculty, administrators, staff, workforce, and students from all academic disciplines and departments to learn, network, and celebrate innovation.

 

Inventors Day at AMRoC

February 24 | AMRoc Fab Lab

Open House event runs from 1 pm to 5 pm in and around AMRoC Fab Lab at University Mall. Meet local inventors of all ages in our Inventors Showcase, learn about different inventors’ product development processes, see prototypes and learn about different prototyping methods and solutions, learn about patents and intellectual property, and enjoy tours of AMRoC Fab Lab.

 

Tampa Bay Innovation Week

February 23 – March 1 | Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay’s largest community business, tech, and innovation event, Synapse Summit has anchored Tampa Bay Innovation Week since its inception back in 2019! Synapse organizes and hosts a week of experiences, site visits, networking events, happy hours, parties, and more to help you discover the best of our region’s vibrant business community.

 

Orlando Gaming Expo

February 25 | Melrose Center

Stop by on February 25, 1-5 p.m. to play and vote on games made over the weekend during the Orlando Game Jam. Mingle with local video game studios, educators, and developers to learn about the amazing things being developed in your own town.

 

Mechatronics Day at AMRoC

February 27 | AMRoc Fab Lab

AIM @AMROC is a STEAM Career ConnectED program that seeks to bridge the Gender Equity gap in STEM with hands-on computer science, mechanical & electrical engineering, CAD, fabrication, AI & security with a career focus on rebuilding outdated infrastructure. With pre-service teacher training events, public workshops and presentations and an Open House where you can meet some of our amazing community partners and see firsthand the great work they’re doing.

 

EnergyTech University Prize 2024

February 27 | Virtual

The Florida High Tech Corridor is a regional convener of the EnergyTech University Prize (EnergyTech UP) competition, which challenges post-secondary student teams of two or more to build a business plan around high-potential energy technologies for the chance to win federal funding.

 

Synapse Summit

February 28 | Amalie Arena

Whether you want to meet the talent driving the headlines, find partners who can solve innovation challenges, learn from top industry experts, or navigate Florida’s thriving startup and tech community in one central place, Synapse Summit is where you can find what you need, and share what you’ve created. Their network is made up of Florida visionaries, change-makers, doers, and risk-takers. In other words, INNOVATORS! Synapse Summit is a space for you to connect with innovative partners, opportunities, and resources from across Florida.

 

State of Uptown

February 29 | Yuengling Draft Haus & Kitchen

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Uptown, where creativity, innovation, and community come together. This in-person gathering is a fantastic opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals, discover the latest trends, and explore the endless possibilities of Uptown. Don’t miss out on this incredible Tampa Bay Innovation Week event that celebrates everything Uptown has to offer including the Community Impact Awards and the Jack A. Kolosky Healthcare Innovator Award.

Meet Jack Henkel: Expert Cluster Manager Helping Innovative Companies...

As senior cluster manager for Cenfluence, Jack leverages over 15 years of expertise to provide invaluable support to Gaming, Entertainment, and eSports Cluster and Learning Science & Human Performance Cluster companies in Central Florida. He also leads our FL FAST program, providing SBIR/STTR support to companies statewide.