The place where

Big Ideas Really Do Take Off

There’s a whole side of Orlando most people don’t know. The region has the fastest growing job market and population in the country, outpacing other fast-growing metros like Dallas, Atlanta and Austin and propelling innovation forward. From its roots as a university town built to win the space race, Orlando is on the cutting edge of new technology innovations – advancements that will create a brilliant future for not only the region and its residents, but the entire world.

  • No. 14 large metro for self employment

    U.S. Census Bureau, 2017

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    550K+ Higher-Ed Students Within 100 Miles of Orlando

    IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics, 2019

  • 1,500+ People Per Week Added to the Population

    U.S. Census Bureau, 2017

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    80% of Orlando’s workforce is outside of hospitality and tourism.

Get funded

Financing Sources

Companies at every stage have numerous resources available to finance their business, from government funding to regional matching grants to bonds. Both Florida and Orlando are also home to venture capitalists, angel investors as well as commercial banks. 

https://floridahightech.com/

Matching Grants

Grants support industry-university research projects and SBIR/STTR awards in which one of the three participating universities is a partner.

“My experience starting my company in Orlando has been incredible. The community truly wants to see you grow and succeed and having that kind of support from my peers has been invaluable…”

– Suneera Madhani

CEO & Co-Founder at Fattmerchant

From start-up to Scale up

Entreprenuer Resources

Orlando’s entreprenuer community is enthusiastic about partnership and collaboration, and there are many resources that entreprenuers can take advantage of to grow and scale their businesses in the region.

Orlando Regional Chamber

Prepares and empowers businesses through robust, future-focused programming that accelerates growth

Florida Virtual Entreprenuer Center

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is an online directory of resource agencies that serve entreprenuers, organized for each stage of your business.

GrowFL

GrowFL is on a mission to provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth.

National Entreprenuer Center

Through a cooperative effort of a diverse group of organizations, the National Entreprenuer Center offers access to professional business assistance, quality educational programming and practical industry expertise.

StarterStudio

StarterStudio is a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabled startups and other innovators that are adding fuel to Florida’s growing technology economy.

Orlando SCORE

A nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)  that offers free advice from local experts to help start or grow your small business

Small Business Development Center at UCF

Located in the National Entrepreneur Center inside the Orlando Fashion Square Mall and provides business seminars and no-cost one-on-one business consulting for small business owners.

UCF Business Incubation Program

Since 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has been helping startup companies develop into financially stable, high impact businesses by providing the tools, training, and infrastructure that help facilitate smarter, faster growth.

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Get the Orlando CoWorking Guide

Orlando’s ever-growing class of creative technologists are bringing the region global recognition as a place to build, a place to play, a vibrant, inclusive community to call home, and an inspiring place to work. This diversity is represented by an explosion of growth in the local startup community, with a range of skillful experts finding new ways to use technology.

Economic Development and Research

Our Services and Additional Resources

https://business.orlando.org/l/economic-development-services/

Economic Development Services

The Partnership offers a full range of services to businesses looking to locate or expand in the Orlando area with a staff of business development experts who can assist in everything from site location analysis to evaluation of financial assistance.

News About Orlando’s Startup Community

much more than a one company town

Key Technology Sectors

80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more high-tech than you might think.

Connect with a Subject Matter Expert

Get with touch with Casey Barnes, VP of Business Development, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.

Call him today: 407.902.2440

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