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  • Entrepreneur, investor Jordan French sings St. Pete’s praises
    by Brian Hartz on May 10, 2021

    Jordan French has the kind of resume that would make even the most high-achieving individuals feel like slackers. It also makes you wonder when — or if — he sleeps. Beginning his career as a NASA engineer, French — an angel investor who now calls St. Petersburg home — has also worked as an attorney The post Entrepreneur, investor Jordan French sings St. Pete’s praises appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Toronto tech company moves headquarters to St. Pete
    by Brian Hartz on May 5, 2021

    St. Petersburg’s rapidly growing ecosystem for tech startups has lured another company to move its headquarters to the Sunshine City — and this time, it’s a cross-border relocation. RabbitRun, formerly based in Toronto, is a B2B tech firm that provides software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) solutions that managed service providers (MSPs) resell to small businesses, particularly The post Toronto tech company moves headquarters to St. Pete appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Meet seven inventors who have made Florida a ‘powerhouse of innovation’
    by Margie Manning on May 1, 2021

    The inventor of the Segway and a co-inventor of technology that revolutionized modern day computing are among the seven newest inductees in the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. The 2021 class also includes an engineering professor at University of South Florida who has pioneered advances to decontaminate water and develop biomedical solutions for acute diseases. The post Meet seven inventors who have made Florida a ‘powerhouse of innovation’ appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Medical device startup raises nearly $1M via crowdfunding campaign
    by Brian Hartz on May 1, 2021

    Oracle Health, a Safety Harbor-based medical technology startup, has added to its fundraising haul with a nearly $1 million campaign on Republic.co, a crowdfunding website. The capital, according to founder and CEO Jaeson Bang, adds to the $1.2 million the company raised in 2020, and $2 million it recently received from a pair of “super The post Medical device startup raises nearly $1M via crowdfunding campaign appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Exit Interview: USFSP CoB Dean Sri Sundaram
    by Joe Hamilton on April 30, 2021

    Sri Sundaram, dean of the University of South Florida’s Kate Tiedemann School of Business and Finance, has accepted a position with Cal State Fullerton’s College of Business and Economics, effective July 15. Click the triangle above to watch our exit interview video with Dean Sundaram. Questions: When you look back on your last couple of The post Exit Interview: USFSP CoB Dean Sri Sundaram appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa Bay Innovation Center showcases members of third cohort
    by Brian Hartz on April 29, 2021

    Founders of the five startups that comprise Tampa Bay Innovation Center’s third cohort got to make pitches to a panel of experts and audience of potential investors on Wednesday during a virtual Innovation Showcase hosted by TBIC Managing Director Ken Evans. The event began with an update about TBIC’s new facility in St. Petersburg’s Innovation The post Tampa Bay Innovation Center showcases members of third cohort appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Catching up with Climate First Bank founder Ken LaRoe
    by Joe Hamilton on April 29, 2021

    Climate First Bank chairman and founding director Ken LaRoe joins us for a Q & A. Click the triangle below to listen. What’s the difference between a climate first bank and a standard bank? Do you have a policy to not fund things if they are not good for the environment? How many general customers The post Catching up with Climate First Bank founder Ken LaRoe appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Tampa Bay Innovation Center unveils building design, offers naming rights
    by Margie Manning on April 28, 2021

    The Tampa Bay Innovation Center has kicked off a $3.5 million fundraising effort for the organization’s new home in St. Petersburg. The initiative coincides with the release of new design concepts for the planned Innovation Center, a 45,000-square-foot building that will be the first in Pinellas County purposely constructed to focus on entrepreneurs and technology The post Tampa Bay Innovation Center unveils building design, offers naming rights appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • UPC Insurance launches spinoff company
    by Brian Hartz on April 27, 2021

    UPC Insurance (NASDAQ: UIHC), one of the largest publicly traded companies headquartered in St. Petersburg, has launched a spinoff enterprise, Skyway Technologies, that was made possible by a collaboration with tech firms Mindtree (NSE: Mindtree) and Duck Creek (NASDAQ: DCT). UPC Insurance has, since it was founded in 1999, specialized in residential and commercial property The post UPC Insurance launches spinoff company appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.

  • Cybersecurity startups ‘graduate,’ appeal for funding at demo day
    by Brian Hartz on April 24, 2021

    Tampa Bay Wave’s CyberTech|X Accelerator held a virtual demo day on Friday that signified the “graduation” of 15 companies from the three-month program that provides support to cybersecurity startups. It also gave company founders and executives a chance, via Zoom, to make funding pitches directly to an audience of accredited investors. Tampa Bay Wave President The post Cybersecurity startups ‘graduate,’ appeal for funding at demo day appeared first on St Pete Catalyst.