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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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CareerSource Flagler|Volusia

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

City of Orlando

Economic Development
The economic development team provides assistance to business owners and companies looking to locate in Orlando.
Sherry Gutch
Director of Placemaking
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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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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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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

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando (HCMO)

Industry Group
HCCMO is the largest business-related organization representing the Hispanic community in Central Florida.
Gaby Ortigoni
President & CEO

Seminole County Office of Economic Development

Economic Development
The economic development team helps businesses locate and grow in the county.
Esteban Saldarriaga
Business Marketing Manager

StarterStudio

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
StarterStudio is a nonprofit tech accelerator.
Dawn Haynes
CEO & Executive Director
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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
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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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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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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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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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Florida Space Institute

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

GrowFL

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
GrowFL is Florida's only organization dedicated to supporting and accelerating the growth of second-stage companies.
Jennifer Taylor
CEO

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando (HCMO)

Industry Group
HCCMO is the largest business-related organization representing the Hispanic community in Central Florida.
Gaby Ortigoni
President & CEO
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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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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

Seminole County Office of Economic Development

Economic Development
The economic development team helps businesses locate and grow in the county.
Esteban Saldarriaga
Business Marketing Manager

UCF Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Startup + Entrepreneurial Support
The SBDC at UCF offers support for small business owners in eight surrounding counties.
Eunice Choi
Regional Director

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