Raising Awareness, Promoting Collaboration and Sparking Conversations


At Innovation Park, we believe that new innovative ideas come from collaborating with others.  Three times a year, we host our TechTopics event, which brings together members of our community to learn about Innovation Park, its residents, and the research being conducted in the Park, as well as the Big Bend Region.  We believe that showcasing and sparking conversations about these subjects can foster new ideas, while also making the community aware of the world-class research, facilities, technology, resources, commercialization and entrepreneurship taking place in the park.

All of our TechTopics events take place at one of our facilities in Innovation Park.  The event begins at 11:30am. Over the past few events, our audience has grown, so we suggest getting there right at 11:30am to get a good seat.

Our TechTopics events are FREE and open to the public. Registration for the event is required to attend and is open one month prior to the event.

Lunch is provided complimentary to all of our attendees.

Upcoming TechTopics

Techtopics November 2019

Join us on Tuesday, November 19th for our last TechTopics of the year! This event will dive into SBIR/STTR funding, and how these grants can help break frontiers, and be an important driver in local economic growth.

Innovation Park recently opened North Florida Innovation Labs, the university research park’s own technology incubator.  NFIL differs from other incubators in its focus on non-dilutive capital sources.  One of the ways the incubator does this is through specialized assistance for SBIR/STTR grants.

During this event, Michael Tentnowski, the Director of Entrepreneurship at Innovation Park and local SBIR/STTR expert will provide a presentation on how this type of funding helps fuel the United States innovation machine, and how it can impact Tallahassee on a local level by helping startups gain necessary funding to explore and commercialize technology.

Additionally, we will have Eric Graban, CEO and Founder of QuarryBio speak on his experience with SBIR/STTR funding and how it’s helped his company.  Eric won a Phase I and a Phase II grant, and recently moved all his business operations to Tallahassee.  He is the first tenant to move into the Collins Building, where North Florida Innovation Labs is currently located.

Lunch will be provided at no cost for event attendees.  Seating is limited to the first 30 sign ups, so register ASAP.

If seats remain, registration closes on Friday, November 15th at 5:00pm.

Past TechTopics Themes

We like to center our topics on hot topics that are of interest to our audience and include speakers from Innovation Park.  Previous Topics have included:

  • October 2019– Robots that Walk and Run
  • August 2019- Current Projects at FDOT Structures Research Center
  • March 2019– Superconductivity and it’s applications
  • November 2018– From Research to Commercialization: Companies that Formed out of University Research
  • August 2018– Piecing together the story, MagLab and FSU Dept. of Anthropology
  • March 2018– HPMI, Buckypaper and it’s future applications
  • November 2017– Innovation companies in our community
  • August 2017– Florida oysters and their roles in our local ecosystems
  • March 2017– Artificial intelligence and where the technology is heading in the future
  • November 2016– Commercializing research being conducted in the higher education institutions
  • September 2016– How research at the MagLab is helping to change oil spill cleanup and determining oil footprints
  • March 2016–  The general program of COAPS and the commercialization update of HWind Scientific, the real time tropical cyclone analysis system
  • November 2015– Introductions to the Florida Center for Advanced Aeropropulsion, a tour of the facility and how their work impacts Tallahassee’s Economic Development.