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July 2017 Update
Spotlight: The FSU Department of Anthropology is moving to Innovation Park
Innovation Park of Tallahassee is happy to announce that the Florida State University Department of Anthropology will soon occupy 11,000 square feet of space located in the Johnson Building at 2035 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310. The Department of Anthropology’s official move-in date is July 31, 2017.
“The Department of Anthropology is going to be a valuable new resident to the Park community,” remarked Ron Miller, Executive Director of the Leon County R&D Authority. “Innovation Park has many preeminent research and development organizations that focus on industries like magnetics, advanced power systems, and high-performance materials, just to name a few. Many of these organizations collaborate on different projects, and we look forward to our current residents and visitors being able to connect with our new resident.”
The Department of Anthropology will conduct its research and other important activities at the Park. This will include the work being done at Mission San Luis by Dr. Tanya Peres, as well as work being done by Dr. Jessi Halligan on the Aucilla Paleoindian sites. There will also be additional faculty joining the department to conduct other research at the Innovation Park location. The department also plans to host office hours, and present research seminars at the Innovation Park location.
“We are very excited to be moving to Innovation Park, and be neighbors with the Southeast Archaeological Center (SEAC) again,” stated Dr. Rochelle Marrinan, Chair of the Florida State University Department of Anthropology. “We have a great working relationship with SEAC, and we currently collaborate with them on various Park projects. It will be great to be in close proximity again.”
The National Park Service Southeast Archaeological Center moved from Macon, Georgia to Tallahassee, Florida in 1972, due to its express interest to be near the Florida State University Department of Anthropology. SEAC originally occupied space next to the Department on the main FSU campus. From 1972 until October 1995, SEAC maintained close association with the Department by sharing space, personnel, expertise and equipment. But as time passed, SEAC required additional space and in 1995 moved to its current location in Innovation Park, where all of the organization’s offices are currently located. SEAC continues its historic support functions as well as providing technical assistance and engaging in partnership projects both within and outside of the National Park Service.
The FSU Department of Anthropology’s arrival marks a progressive time at Innovation Park. It is the second organization in the past year to move into the Park. In early 2017, local startup, Sensatek Propulsion Technologies set up its offices in the Knight Administrative Building with hopes to expand into a larger space within the Park in the near future.
Danfoss Turbocor Celebrated the Grand Opening on their Application Development Center


Photo Credit: Danfoss
On June 28th, Danfoss Turbocor celebrated its grand opening of the “Engineering Tomorrow” Application Development Center. The event was attended by many top Danfoss team members including the President of Danfoss North America.
The 22,000 sq. ft. space includes three fully-automated test facilities capable of accommodating residential and commercial air-conditioning and heat pump equipment, including rooftop units, from 1.2 to 50 tons and air-cooled chillers up to 150 tons. Additionally, the lab will be able to test mildly flammable refrigerants at global nameplate voltages, with real-time data acquisition and performance analysis
The Application Development Center will help customers improve performance through system-level testing. According to Stefan Pietrek, senior director- global applications at Danfoss, “Our objective is to make each of our Application Development Centers a place where local Danfoss application experts work with our customers in a collaborative, innovative environment that accelerates technology and propels business. This ADC is designed to support testing specifically for the North American air-conditioning market.”
To learn more about the event, click here.
To read Danfoss Turbocor’s news release about the event, click here.
EEP Class 14 Schedule Finalized- Classes Begin October 3rd
The Entrepreneurial Excellence Program Class 14 will be taking place this Fall! Each Class is held from 5:30pm-9:00pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and includes dinner and networking before the highly interactive seminars taught by prominent local business experts begin. The full schedule is as follows:
  • Class I: Developing Successful Business Ideas, Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
    Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference. Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.
    Instructor: Doug Tatum, FSU Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship
  • Class II: Delivering Your Message, Thursday, October 5th, 2017
    No matter how great an idea you have for your new business, you need to be able to tell your story to others in a positive, logical, and understandable way. During this course, you will learn the essential skills and methods you will need to make great presentations about your business to possible investors, customers, and prospects.
    Instructor: Michael H. Sheridan, Chairman, FBMC
  • Class III: Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales, Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
    No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who your customers are and communicate your message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.
    Instructors: Sean Doughtie, President, Taproot Agency, and Pat Pallentino, FSU Sales Institute
  • Class IV: Building a Strong Business Team, Thursday, October 12th, 2017
    The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build, including managers, employees, board members, investors, and service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.
    Instructor: David Faulkenberry, President, FBMC
  • Class V: Proper Legal/Intellectual Properties Foundations, Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
    Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal/intellectual properties options are and how they can affect your business growth
    Instructor: Bill Hollimon, Esq., Hollimon P.A.
  • Class VI: Funding & Financing, Thursday October 19th, 2017
    You’ve analyzed the opportunity and have begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan. How do you secure the financial resources to make it happen?
    Instructor: Sammie Dixon, Prime Meridian Bank
  • Class VII: Entrepreneurial Insight, Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
    Two experienced entrepreneurs will share their insight “from the trenches.” What have they learned? What would they do differently? What is their advice to you?
    Instructors: Kim Williams, President, Marpan Supply and Mayda Williams, Former President, Target Print and Mail
  • Class VIII: The EEP Shark Tank Experience, Thursday, October 26th, 2017
    You have seen the hit show on TV, now you will get to experience it LIVE! Michael Kramer, a local serial entrepreneur, will be asking the very tough questions about your new business venture. It will be a wild night for sure.
    Instructor: Michael Kramer, President, Desloge Oxygen
  • Final: Business Presentations, Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 and Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
    You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities
For more information or to sign up for our upcoming class, click here.
Learn more about the Florida Angel Nexus Network
The Florida Angel Nexus Network enables investors to invest in early-stage high-growth ventures in the state of Florida. The organization uses a network of industry experts to help investors better understand the market, product, and execution risk of investment opportunities.
The organization is a great potential funding resource for entrepreneurs. Understanding the investment process increases an entrepreneur’s ability to be successful. The Network also enables interested investors to learn about and invest in start-up or early stage companies of their own choosing with less risk.
The organization releases newsletters specifically for entrepreneurs and investors, so be sure to check them out below.
Just a reminder- The MagLab hosts public tours every month
Each month the Mag Lab hosts a tour of its facility for any interested member of the public. The tours take place on the third Wednesday of every month at 11:30am. No reservations are required to attend, but attendees must wear close-toed shoes and check in at reception.
The tours include a general overview of the Mag Lab and the research conducted there, as well as explanations of the different types of magnets used, including resistive magnets, superconducting magnets, pulsed magnets and the world-record hybrid magnet. If you have never taken the opportunity to tour your Innovation Park neighbor, it’s time!
For more information, click here.
Our Next TechTopics Event is August 30th
Our next TechTopics event will be taking place on Wednesday, August 30th from 11:30am-1:00pm. Lunch will be included at this event, which will be taking place in the CAPS Seminar Room 120. (2000 Levy Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 32310)
Stay tuned for more updates about topics and speakers soon!
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