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February 2018 Update
Innovation Park Hires Director of Entrepreneurship to Lead Development of High Tech Incubator
Innovation Park is pleased to announce that Michael Tentnowski has become the organization’s Director of Entrepreneurship. As the Director of Entrepreneurship, Tentnowski will play a vital role in the design and construction of the new technology incubator planned at Innovation Park.
He will work to facilitate initial program development at a temporary location in the Park, and will oversee the longer- term development of a new 40,000 sq. ft. mixed use facility to house business incubator and accelerator programs. This incubator will include wet labs, makerspace/prototype development, light manufacturing and assembly space, office and common area amenities. Additionally, Tentnowski will enhance existing programs, including the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, and develop new programs based on the identified needs in the region.
Tentnowski brings with him over 20 years of business development experience in the high-tech arena, including working in university technology transfer environments, as well working with federal agencies, and national laboratories. He has developed and run several high technology incubators, including in his previous positions as the Executive Director at two Innovation Centers, along the I-95 technology corridor. In addition, he has attracted companies to incubators/accelerators as residents, virtual and collaboration hub members, has grant writing expertise with a history of successful proposals and has been a featured speaker and recurrent presenter to business and industry executives. He is a three-time entrepreneur and co-author of the book, “The Virginia Entrepreneur’s Guide.”
Applying for this year’s TechGrant Competition? The application deadline is March 12th
The Innovation Park TechGrant Competition is currently underway and applications are being accepted until Monday, March, 12, 2018.
The TechGrant Competition, held annually provides companies in Leon County with the opportunity to win up to $15,000 to help commercialize a technology. Since its inception in 2005, $412,000 has been given away to 24 companies. Most of these companies are still flourishing in the local community today.
To learn more about the competition and to download
Local Intellectual Property Attorney and longtime EEP Instructor, Bill Hollimon wrote a Tallahassee Democrat “Your Turn” regarding his experience and the value the program brings to the community. Read it here.
The EEP program is designed to be experiential, highly interactive, and to challenge participants to push beyond their comfort zone. EEP is taught entirely by local business leaders who are experts in their field. The curriculum is derived from the instructors’ own unique insights and real world experiences. The relationships built with these local professionals endure even after the program ends.
EEP Class 14 starts March 19. The course fee is $300 for two people per company. Fee includes dinner at each class, all course materials, and access to the Entrepreneur’s Club @ Innovation Park. For more information and to apply for the upcoming class, visit the website.
Save the Date- Our Next TechTopics will be on March 28th
Innovation Park will be hosting its next TechTopics on Wednesday, March 28th from 11:30am-1:00pm. This event will take place at the High Performance Materials Institute- Materials Resource Building, and will center on the incredible work happening at this facility.
The finalized speakers list will be announced during the first week on March, and event registration will officially open. Be on the lookout for a future announcement soon!
*Due to limited space, this event will be open to the first 30 registrants. Be sure to sign up early
Danfoss Turbocor TTH-TGH High Lift Compressor named 2018 Product of the Year at the AHR Expo
Danfoss’s Turbocor TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor was named the overall 2018 Product of the Year at the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Expo that took place in Chicago on January 22-24, 2018. Danfoss also won in the Green Building category.
The Danfoss Turbocor® TTH/TGH High Lift Compressor is optimized for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications. Engineered for high-lift applications, including air-cooled chillers and heat recovery, Danfoss Turbocor® TTH/TGH models feature oil-free, variable speed, magnetic bearing operation for outstanding full- and part-load efficiency, low vibration and sound, a small footprint, and reduced maintenance-while providing an expanded operating map suitable for air-cooled chiller and heat recovery applications.
Celebrate Science in our Community and attend the MagLab Open House and Discovery on Parade
Two events celebrating science in our community are fast approaching. On Saturday, February 24th from 10:00am-3:00pm, the MagLab will be hosting its annual Open House in Innovation Park! This year, science and sports are teaming up with dozens of new hand
s-on demonstrations! Other organizations in the park will also be open for guests to tour including the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, Florida Center for Advanced Aero-propulsion, High Performance Materials Institute, Center for Advanced Power Systems and The Center for Ocean, Atmospheric and Predictions Studies. Click here to learn more.
On March 1st from 5:30pm-8:00pm, Discovery on Parade will be taking place at the Turnbull Conference Center. This event showcases the innovation happening at FSU, FAMU and TCC, and will have over 70 teams of researchers, artists, and innovators presenting their new and exciting discoveries. Dr. Valerie Browning of DARPA is the featured speaker, and will discuss how cutting-edge technology helps keep our country safe. Click here to learn more about this exciting event.
King Konch Food is now serving Innovation Park on Mondays
Innovation Park has a new food truck! King Konch will be serving lunch on Mondays from 11:00am-2:00pm in front of Shaw.
King Konch brings “A taste of Caribbean” and features option like buffalo shrimp, chicken tenders, conch fritters and even homemade key lime pie!
Be sure to check them out and to preview their menu, click here.
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Innovation Park publishes this monthly newsletter to highlight the accomplishments in our community. If you would like to share your exciting news, please e-mail Dbilbow@inn-park.com