Downtown Orlando has evolved to become a hub for technology and startups. Through collaboration between local government and entrepreneurs, the area advances innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. This is one of the reasons startups are attracted to the area.
“Accelerating Orlando’s reputation as an epicenter for technology while also advancing opportunities for entrepreneurs have been key priorities of our economic development strategy,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Coworking spaces and business incubators provide our entrepreneurs the highest-quality programming, technology, and networking opportunities available to help them pursue their ideas and build their businesses.”
Coworking creates an environment where entrepreneurs can establish relationships with other startups and collaborate together. Coworking spaces provide the space and resources that startups and small businesses need to grow.
“Downtown Orlando has a bright future of entrepreneurship and technology,” said Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., Executive Director of the Downtown Development Board/Community Redevelopment Agency. “One of the ways downtown Orlando is creating an ecosystem for startups to grow and support a healthy economy is through the implementation of coworking spaces, business accelerators, and funding opportunities.”
Alongside having access to coworking spaces and business accelerators, entrepreneurs and small businesses have access to a number of funding opportunities and incentives offered by the City of Orlando in order to start or grow their business. In partnership with Orlando Economic Partnership, the city is offering the Tech Matching Grant Pilot program, which provides matched-funding support for Orlando technology focused events and programs. The key goal of this pilot is to increase the connection and collaboration among startup and existing tech companies, build Orlando’s talent pipeline, catalyze private capital investment, and continue to bolster Orlando’s reputation as hub for technology.
Likewise, non-technology based entrepreneurs and small businesses have access to façade incentives, minority and women entrepreneur business assistance, and a number of other funding resources. The city is also home to the Orlando Main Streets program, which provides financial support, technical assistance, and intensive training to neighborhood commercial districts and the businesses within them.
For more information on how the City of Orlando is creating a entrepreneurial environment and available incentive programs, click here.