This week in the Orlando region, Osceola County welcomes a new semiconductor research and development firm, and one local tech company is ready to launch despite all setbacks. 

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Members of the Orlando Tech Community, 

This was an exciting week for the Orlando region with local startups and new-to-market companies meeting new milestones.  

Osceola County welcomed a new semiconductor partner, Skywater Technology, to officially operate the County’s Center of NeoVation, including BRIDG. This new partnership will build upon and expand current partnerships with BRIDG in NeoCity, including IMEC, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), Siemens and SÜSS MicroTec. With 2,170 annual graduates in related fields of optics and photonics and the 23,360 workers in this space including electrical engineers, semiconductor processors, and more, there’s no doubt Skywater saw the untapped potential of the Orlando region. We look forward to all the future success this new partnership will bring to the region. 

We also heard good news from local tech startup Pink Lotus. After being forced into survival mode like so many businesses last year, they are just weeks away from launching their app and opening sales of their wearable child monitoring device. Pink Lotus leveraged relationships from the UCF Business Incubation Program to secure a license for patented technology from NASA to support their product. It’s this kind of news that accelerates growth for startups and second stage companies in an ecosystem. 

This is a great example of the work happening within the Orlando Tech Council. By increasing the connectivity of the region’s tech and innovation ecosystem, we will see a great impact to the local economy that makes waves on a global scale.  

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 

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Events for the Week of February 1

Wednesday, February 3
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)
9 a.m., America’s SBDC Florida – Government Contracting: Overview
5:30 p.m., SeminoleTech

Thursday, February 4
1 p.m., Orlando Business Journal – 2021 Future of Workforce

Events on the Horizon

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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