POWERED BY THE ORLANDO TECH COUNCIL and the university of central florida

Orlando Tech Connect Program

Businesses of all sizes and industries are relying on contracts and partnerships with scaling companies to increase their innovation capacity. The Orlando region is rich with scaling companies well prepared to meet the demands of our region’s enterprise company needs to find innovative solutions.  

In order to better connect the scaling businesses with available customers and contract opportunities, the Orlando Tech Council, in alliance with the University of Central Florida, have created a new program, Orlando Tech Connect that is designed to create a scalable process to match local company needs with local companies skill sets.  

The Orlando Tech Connect program will take place twice a year, creating cohorts of buyers and suppliers and facilitating curated connections for opportunity between the companies that will ultimately lead to a more interactive and dynamic ecosystem.

How It Works

• A cohort theme is established, this year is focused on VR/AR/XR for training.  

• An advisory team of local professionals with experience in the startup/scale ecosystem will recruit companies both at the enterprise and scaling levels that have potential for qualified connections around the technology theme.  

• The companies that are evaluated as not ready will be delivered a custom feedback report and tangible opportunities including introductions to support organizations specifically selected to help them prepare for the next available cohort. 

• Those companies that are viable options for the enterprise cohort will be connected with the company representative for initial interviews that can lead to the acceptance in their proof of concept contract. Each contract will be specific to each company extending the opportunity. 

This program seeks to unite the innovation ecosystem in the Orlando region making it easy for local enterprise to connect with companies and innovations in their backyard leading to more growth for scaling businesses as well as more innovation in the local enterprise business community.



Carlos Carbonell
Chief Executive Officer
Echo Interaction Group

Carol Ann Dykes Logue
Site Manager – UCF Business Incubator at Research Park
University of Central Florida

Rob Panepinto
Director, Innovation Districts Strategy and Partnerships and Senior Strategic Advisor Partnerships and Innovation
University of Central Florida

Sheena Fowler
Vice President, Innovation
Orlando Economic Partnership


Chris Morton
Founder & CEO

Sydney Rossman-Reich
PRN Real Estate & Investments, Ltd.


Contact Sheena Fowler, Vice President of Innovation

Orlando Tech Council

Learn more about the Orlando Tech Council