Press Release

Synapse Returns to Orlando

The summit will once again align with IMMERSE to showcase regional innovation economy through technology and the arts.

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Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Economic Partnership (the Partnership) will bring Synapse, the non-profit organization founded to accelerate innovation throughout the state, back to downtown Orlando for the second “Synapse Orlando” regional business event on Friday, October 16, 2020.

The day-long symposium of innovation and thought-leadership presents opportunities to showcase the region’s innovation ecosystem from experience technology to digital wellness and smart city initiatives. It also offers opportunities for the startup community to learn about the latest transformational innovations impacting Florida’s overall business community.

“Our region’s first innovation and entrepreneurship symposium saw hundreds of professionals experiencing the latest inventions impacting Florida’s overall business community,” said Sheena Fowler, Partnership vice president of Innovation and leader of the Orlando Tech Council.

“Synapse Orlando connected our innovators, entrepreneurs and startups with venture capitalists, resources and other opportunities that will create even more business for our community.”

Sheena Fowler, Partnership Vice President of Innovation and leader of the Orlando Tech Council

“2019 was a huge year of innovation growth across Florida and particularly in Orlando,” said Brian Kornfeld, president and CEO of Synapse Florida. “We are thrilled to once again work with the Orlando Economic Partnership to bring back Synapse Orlando. The first year brought over 1,200 people in a highly energetic and extremely successful event. Year two will be bigger and better.”

To showcase the strength of Orlando’s creative culture, Synapse Orlando is strategically aligned with Creative City Project’s IMMERSE, an annual city-wide performing and interactive arts experience.

Details on the location, speakers and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. For sponsorship opportunities and more information, please contact Sheena Fowler, vice president of Innovation at the Partnership, 407-902-2426,

About Synapse Florida

Synapse Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that connects entrepreneurs, talent, investors, corporations, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to accelerate success in Florida’s thriving economies. Based in Tampa, Fla., Synapse helps people find what they need and share what they have in three ways:

  • Synapse Events – a series of events across Florida in celebration of innovation where visionaries, doers and success-makers connect with the latest transformational innovations across all industries.
  • Synapse Connect – an online platform that allows innovators to easily and quickly connect with the resources they need to accelerate success.
  • Synapse Challenges – a crowdsourcing solution for organizations to solve real-world problems and create new opportunities for forward-thinking businesses and people.

For more information about Synapse, please visit

About Creative City Project

Creative City Project has been producing their annual event in Downtown Orlando since 2012.The event was renamed IMMERSE at the beginning of 2017. This year’s event will host an audience of 70,000. Hundreds of performances and experiences will be presented more than 100 arts organizations and artist collectives from across Central Florida and beyond. In addition to IMMERSE, Creative City Project is committed to helping guests live a life of creativity and adventure by connecting them with meaningful arts experiences throughout the year. Each Monday, Creative City Project releases “This Week In Art,” a video series highlighting the best in arts and culture happening across Central Florida that week. Additionally, Creative City Project hosts a weekly podcast.