This week in the Orlando region,  we learn about new opportunities for the region’s tech companies from football to medical devices.

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Members of the Orlando Tech Community,

Happy Friday. There is more good news this week showing promise of new high-tech jobs in the Orlando region from biotechnology for COVID safety, to space exploration, and even college football.  

Big news for EA Sports as they announced to ESPN the return of College Football to the brand. That game’s development HQ is still TBA but with the Orlando region’s global reputation for producing top game development talent, we’re optimistic this title will call Orlando home. Last year, the Orlando Economic Partnership talked to Orlando Tech Council member Daryl Holt about why EA Sports believes in Orlando and he shared that it comes down to “…two reasons – talent and teamwork… ” Holt is the president and general manager, EA Tiburon, EA SPORTS Austin, EA SPORTS Madrid at Electronic Arts Tiburon. Read more on the college football announcement here

In other big news, Orlando-headquartered AeroCare announced a merger with AdaptHealth Corp in a $1.1B transaction . Founded in 2000 by CEO Steve Griggs, AeroCare has over 20 years of consecutive revenue growth and is yet another example of how tech companies in the Orlando region are finding the resources they need to scale. With a workforce of more than 112,000 across the region, Orlando’s life sciences industry is renowned for its collaborative and entrepreneurial environment anchored in state-of-the-art educational and research facilities. Congratulations to Steve and the team! Check out more about the $1.1B merger here.  

In OTC news, our Leadership Committee is making great progress to make sure our growing number of Council members are plugged in and able to make an impact in the part of the community they care about while working with a group of motivated leaders, while being fully supported in their efforts. If you want to be part of this growing wave of leaders that are impacting our region, reach out to us today. 

Stay tuned for more news, events and ways to connect with the Orlando region’s tech and innovation economy. 

Rajiv Menon 
CEO, Informulate
Orlando Tech Council Chair 

Profiles in Tech

Sydney Rossman-Reich, Managing Partner, PRN Real Estate & Investments, Ltd.

Sydney tells us what makes the Orlando tech ecosystem unique and what has kept her family business in the region for more than 50 years. Read more about Sydney’s story here.

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Week of February 8

Tuesday, February 9
4:30 p.m., Synapse – Libate and Learn 27 – Gaining Traction: Making Leadership Fun & Effective

Wednesday, February 10
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)
11:30 a.m., Grow FL – Looking at Your Balance Sheet from a Different Perspective

Thursday, February 11
11 a.m., Central Florida Tech Grove Connect, hosted by NTSA – Extracting Institutional Knowledge
1 p.m., Orlando Business Journal – 2021 Business of Transportation

Events on the Horizon

February 6-March 14 – Creative City Project’ – Down the Rabbit Hole
February 12-15, 2021 – Otronicon
February 17, 2021 – UCF Technology Ventures Symposium
February 18, 2021 – GrowFL Companies to Watch
March 3-4, 2021 – Florida Venture Forum
March 8-11, 2021 – Synapse Summit
March 18, 2021 – Avalon Park Group – The 5th Floor co-working space grand opening

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