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
550K+ Higher-Education Students Within 100 Miles of Orlando
IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics, 2021
500+ People Per Week Added to the Population
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019
80% of Orlando’s Employment is Outside of Hospitality and Tourism
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.
Orlando is home to many sources of private capital including venture capital, angel investors, start-up financing and small business investment companies.
Federal, state and local grant programs that provide funding for small businesses and start-ups.
Grants support industry-university research projects and SBIR/STTR awards in which one of the three participating universities is a partner.
Learn more about if you qualify for bonds in Orange and Seminole counties in the Orlando region.
“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
Business Growth Programs
Orlando’s community is enthusiastic about partnership and collaboration, and there are many resources that entrepreneurs can take advantage of to grow and scale their businesses in the region.
Orlando Tech Council
The Orlando Tech Council is comprised of private industry, resource organizations and public partners that work to develop new programs with the core objectives: strengthen the Orlando region’s innovation resources, create new opportunities for companies to scale, and to amplify the region’s success stories, raising the global profile of Orlando as a leading community for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Small Business Development Center at UCF
The Small Business Development Center at UCF provides business seminars and no-cost one-on-one business consulting for small business owners.
UCF Business Incubation Program
The UCF Business Incubation Program helps startup companies develop into financially stable, high impact businesses.
StarterStudio is a robust entrepreneurial community for tech-enabled startups and other innovators that are adding fuel to Florida’s growing technology economy.
A nonprofit association supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration that offers free advice from local experts to help start or grow your small business
Economic Development and Research
Our Services and Additional Resources
The Partnership uses cutting edge economic and industry research to understand the Central Florida market.
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.
The Partnership works directly with international companies looking to expand into the United States and offers global business assistance, market intelligence and site selection services.
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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.
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.
Optics & Photonics
Leading the nation in tourism and photonics technology.
The birthplace of the experience economy.
The most visited destination is also a hub for creativity.