This week in the Orlando region, news of expansions in manufacturing, partnerships and investments. Read about these and more in this week’s Orlando Tech Council Weekly Round Up. 

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Message from the Orlando Tech Council Chair

Members of the Orlando Tech Community,

To prepare for their technology to power the newest self-driving cars from Volvo in 2022, Luminar has announced that they will be expanding their local sensor manufacturing. Moving to their facilities on Discovery Drive allows for expanded manufacturing capabilities as Luminar gears up to produce sensors for Volvo and other future partners. This increase in production comes with an increase in jobs – the total number of which is unknown but there are currently open positions on Luminar’s website.  

Another expansion announced this week comes in the form of the partnership between the Orlando Magic and Violet Defense. The local UV disinfection company is now the official provider of this technology for the Magic and will continue to provide services when the team moves into their new facilities in 2022. 

With hints that venture capital deals will also expand 2021, local experts including the Orlando Tech Council’s own Vice-Chair, Lilian Myers of StarterStudio, weigh in on what angel investors need to know. In 2020, Central Florida saw the most investment on record since 2013, and experts believe 2021 could be even bigger. 

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

Cheers, 
Rajiv Menon 
Founder/CEO, Informulate
Orlando Tech Council Chair 

Profiles in Tech

Matthew Broffman, director of Innovation for the City of Orlando

This week’s Orlando Profiles in Tech features Matthew Broffman, director of Innovation for the City of Orlando. Learn more about how our experience economy makes our tech ecosystem unique and what makes Orlando such a diverse, welcoming and accepting place to live. Click here to read more.

Headlines

Luminar Technologies to add jobs at new Orlando manufacturing facility

To prepare for when its sensors will appear in self-driving Volvos in 2022, Luminar Technologies is ramping up local manufacturing. While there isn’t an exact number of jobs that this will create locally, there are currently 17 open positions listed on their website. Read more.

Orlando Magic announce expanded partnership with Violet Defense to continue protecting its team with patented UV germ-killing technology

The Orlando Magic announced this week that they will be expanding their current partnership with Violet Defense, and the local company will become the team’s official UV disinfection partner as they look to move into the new AdventHealth Training Center in 2022. Read more.

Want to find the next big startup? 3 things new angel investors need to know

2020 was the biggest year for venture capital deals in Central Florida since 2013 with $325 million in investments according to PitchBook. Experts believe 2021 is primed to be another big year for investors. Learn what local startup experts say you need to know before you jump into investing. Read more.

 

Save the Date | Upcoming Events

Events for the Week of March 22

Monday, March 22
11 a.m., Headquarters Coworking – M3 | Marketing Manager Meetup

Tuesday, March 23
4:30 p.m., Synapse – Libate & Learn Episode 29: A Toast To Women Leaders

Wednesday, March 24
9 a.m., 1 Million Cups (1MC)

Thursday, March 25
5:45 p.m., African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida – 2021 Eagle Awards
8 p.m., General Assembly – How She Got There: Women Leaders in Tech

Saturday, March 27
10 a.m., Central FL National Black MBA – I AM SPEAKING: Making Your Presence Known

Events on the Horizon

June 2-4 – VR/AR Global Summit
October 15 – Synapse Orlando
October 15-17 – Creative City Project – Immerse

ICYMI | News from the Orlando Region

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