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East Central: Greater Orlando and the Space Coast

East Central

The boundless ingenuity shaping Greater Orlando’s innovation ecosystem is an outgrowth of the aerospace and entertainment industries that for decades have attracted global recognition. Opportunity starts at the University of Central Florida, which has grown to become not only one of the largest universities in the nation, but also one of the most impactful engines of economic growth.

Anchoring The Corridor’s network in East Central Florida, the UCF Business Incubation Program facilitates smarter, faster growth for tech startups and companies expanding to the region. The team leverages a deep resource network of university researchers, industry trade groups, capital investors and federal procurement partners to support new and potential clients.

trusted collaborators + connections

Our work is powered by collaborative relationships with trusted individuals and organizations that share our spirit of innovation and desire to help.

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National Center for Simulation

Industry Group
NCS is a national nonprofit with government, academic and industry members operating as an open consortium.
George Cheros
President & CEO
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UCF NanoScience Technology Center

University Research + Innovation
The center conducts cutting-edge research in materials and nanotechnology to solve real-world challenges.
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Florida Photonics Cluster

Industry Group
The FPC supports the growth and profitability of the photonics industry through the strength of a unified voice.
Barron Mills
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Space Florida

Industry Group
Space Florida strengthens Florida's position as a leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce.
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Duke Energy Corporation

Corporate Innovation

Sustaining Sponsor

Duke Energy is a leading energy company focused on electric power and gas distribution operations.
John Fremstad
Director of Innovation + Competitiveness
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CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at UCF

University Research + Innovation
The College of Optics and Photonics is a world leader in education, research and industrial partnership.
David Hagan
Professor + Dean
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UCF Business Incubation Program

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
The program provides business development and operational support to early-stage, innovative businesses.
Carol Ann Logue
Director
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BRIDG

Industry Group
BRIDG is non-profit microelectronics fabrication facility with 200mm (8-inch) wafer fab capabilities.
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Daytona State College

Talent + Career Development
DSC offers over 100 certificate and degree programs in healthcare, engineering, computer science and more.
Dante Leon
AVP for the College of Business, Engineering + Technology
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Florida Space Institute

University Research + Innovation
FSI supports space research, development and education activities within UCF and member institutions in Florida.
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Elevate Lake, Lake County Economic Development

Economic Development
Elevate Lake is on a mission is to aggressively retain, attract and grow jobs in Lake County.
Erika Greene
Associate Director, Workforce + Business Support
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CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics at UCF

University Research + Innovation
The College of Optics and Photonics is a world leader in education, research and industrial partnership.
David Hagan
Professor + Dean
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UCF NanoScience Technology Center

University Research + Innovation
The center conducts cutting-edge research in materials and nanotechnology to solve real-world challenges.
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Space Florida

Industry Group
Space Florida strengthens Florida's position as a leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce.
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UCF Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC)

University Research + Innovation
AMPAC is an interdisciplinary research and education center for materials science and engineering at UCF.
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Economic Development Commission Florida’s Space Coast

Economic Development
The EDC of Florida’s Space Coast is the official economic development organization for Brevard County.
Edgar Campa-Palafox
VP, Business Development
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CareerSource Central Florida

Talent + Career Development
CareerSource Central Florida provides workforce solutions and comprehensive services customized to meet employer needs for recruiting, hiring, training and retention.
Pamela Nabors
President & CEO
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Volusia County Economic Development

Economic Development
The Division of Economic Development assists business owners and works collaboratively with local stakeholders.
Brad Harris
Business Manager
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CareerSource Flagler|Volusia

Talent + Career Development
CareerSource Flagler/Volusia delivers workforce programs and related support to businesses and job seekers.
Robin King
President + CEO
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BRIDG

Industry Group
BRIDG is non-profit microelectronics fabrication facility with 200mm (8-inch) wafer fab capabilities.

From the Suncoast to the Space Coast, a super region for high-tech industry