Innovation Park September 2018 Newsletter

Register for the Innovation Hunt and come play for a chance to win 2 OculusGo VR headsets!

Join us on Saturday, September 29th for the Innovation Hunt! This event is a picture scavenger hunt that will take you across Innovation Park’s grounds to solve riddles for a chance to win 1 of 2 OculusGo Virtual Reality Headsets and other prizes (totaling over $500)!

The event will take place from noon until 3:30pm and will begin in front of the Morgan Building (2051 E. Paul Dirac Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32310). All winners will be announced at end of the game.

This event is open to the public and is $20 per team of 1-4 people. There is a limit of 50 teams, so your odds of winning are even better! We are also offering an additional $5 off the registration fee- use the code Innovation (limited offer)

Pre-registration is required to participate in the event! Register before Monday, September 24th.

Bring your friends, family and even your dogs (on leash) out to enjoy the afternoon at the Park!

I-Corps Training Is Coming Back to Innovation Park

Innovation Park is bringing the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) regional training course back to Tallahassee. This course is designed to introduce participants to the processes and approaches for technology commercialization.

There will be two in-person training sessions and two webinar sessions.  The program provides a good entry point for learning about the “evidence-based entrepreneurship” approach to technology commercialization. It also explains how to develop commercialization plans for grant submissions and how to begin evaluating market potential of your discoveries.

Additionally, completion of the program qualifies as an NSF award which enables you to apply for an I-Corps Team award, that provides $50,000 in funding and an in depth commercialization program supported by a national network of mentors and experts. You do not need NSF funding lineage to participate in the program, and completion will enable researchers that have not previously received NSF funding to apply for an I-Corps Team grant.

This program is a joint venture between Innovation Park and FAMU Startup Canvas. Anyone can apply for a spot in the program, and there is no charge to attend. If interested, please contact Michael Tentnowski to discuss ( or 850.575.0343×103)

FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Seeks BOG Support for $6.4 million in new funding

Dean Gibson presented an update before the budget and finance committee of the Board of Governors. His presentation was to shore up the support for the college’s $6.4M spending plan in the full BOG legislative budget request. The college has received $14.4M each year, which has been their flat annual budget for the last decade with the exception of an addition $1M two years ago.

Dean Murray Gibson from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

MagLab was Featured in 2018 Physics World Focus on Instruments and Vacuum

The National MagLab was featured in the 2018 Physics World Focus on Instruments and Vacuum, and on Physics World in the article “Building a Super-Magnet”. The article discusses the advancements of the super-conducting magnet, and the MagLab’s development of the 32 T all-superconducting magnet which reached magnet field in December of 2017.

The national high magnetic field laboratory is located in Innovation Park

Last Chance to Sign Up for the Upcoming Entrepreneurial Excellence Program

This is your last chance to sign up for Class 15 of the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program. This upcoming class will begin on Tuesday, October 2nd, and will be the first one taught by Innovation Park’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Michael Tentnowski.

Michael brings over 25 years of experience in helping companies develop and grow their business. During this time, he has helped more than 1,000 companies; ranging from ostrich farms to nuclear delivery system

integrators, grow into successful enterprises. In addition to helping other companies, he is a three-time entrepreneur himself and co-author of the book, “The Virginia Entrepreneur’s Guide.” He has also been a featured speaker and recurrent presenter to business and industry executives at various conferences.

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.

The Tallahassee Entrepreneurial Excelence Program is coming in October of 2018

Junior Achievement Hosting Big Bend Golf Classic

Join the Junior Achievement of the Big Bend on Monday, October 22nd for their Golf Classic!

The event will include a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf (including cart) and course challenges. Participation will directly support Junior Achievement Big Bend.

JA is a volunteer-delivered, K-12 program that fosters work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and uses experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace.

Junior Achievement of the Big Bend Golf Tournament