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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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Team Volusia EDC

Economic Development
Team Volusia markets and recruits businesses from outside the area to Volusia County.
Chris Wimsatt
VP, Business Development

GrowFL

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
GrowFL is Florida's only organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the growth of second-stage companies.
Jennifer Taylor
CEO
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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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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.
Clifford Marvin
Director of Public Policy + Alliances
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City of Ormond Beach

Economic Development
The department implements a robust growth strategy for a strong economy and a high quality of life.
Brian Rademacher
Director of Economic Development
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Orlando Economic Partnership

Economic Development
The Partnership is an economic and community development organization serving Orlando and surrounding areas.
David Adelson
Executive Director, Innovation + Technology
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Orange County Government Economic Development

Economic Development
The Economic Development department fosters a vibrant economy where creativity and innovation flourish.
Andrea Wesser-Brawner
Chief Innovation + Emerging Technologies Officer
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
ERAU is the world's largest and most respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
Dr. Stephanie Miller
Executive Director, Tech Transfer + Research Park Initiatives
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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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Florida Institute of Technology

University Research + Innovation
Florida Tech is a tier-one ranked university with programs in science, engineering, aeronautics and more.
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Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division

Industry Group
NAWCTSD is the principal Navy center for R&D, test and evaluation, acquisition and product support of training systems.
Diana Teel
Outreach Director + Central Florida Tech Bridge Director
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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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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.
Lynda Weatherman
President + CEO
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City of Ormond Beach

Economic Development
The department implements a robust growth strategy for a strong economy and a high quality of life.
Brian Rademacher
Director of Economic Development
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Team Orlando

Industry Group
Team Orlando supports partnerships that bring ingenuity to the forefront of military training and simulation.
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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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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
ERAU is the world's largest and most respected university specializing in aviation and aerospace.
Dr. Stephanie Miller
Executive Director, Tech Transfer + Research Park Initiatives
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FloridaMakes

Industry Group
FloridaMakes improves the competitiveness, productivity and technological performance of Florida's manufacturers.
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Valencia State College

Talent + Career Development
Valencia is recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation, offering quality, affordable education.
Dr. Nasser Hedayat
Assistant Vice President, Career and Workforce Education
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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

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