Incubator Starter Studio Opens Doors in Orlando

Starter Studio Founders

Starter Studio officially opened its doors last month in Orlando. The technology incubator is the brainchild of entrepreneur-developer Gregg Pollack, Founder of Envy Labs.

Pollack’s company does a lot of Web development for clients, and is well-known for its online training program Code School, which focuses on Ruby, Javascript, HTML/CSS, and iOS. It recently moved the whole operation to a new 8,500 square foot office in the GAI building, on the southeast edge of downtown Orlando.

What is Starter Studio?

Included in that move is Starter Studio. Its three-month program is designed to move startups toward creating actual demos of their product or service. At the end of the program, companies present their creation at Demo/Pitch day in the hopes of securing publicity and funding. Office access and creative space are available 24/7, and companies aren’t charged for the program.

Starters apply by filling out a simple form. If accepted, they’re expected to be in the office each day, to collaborate with the other starters, attend talks, discuss issues, get advice from resident experts and participate in training. Before applying, they need to secure the technical expertise necessary to actually design and build their product. The inaugural class has eight companies and some interesting products.

Sponsors include a number of local venture sourcing, accounting, legal and consulting practices, the Florida High Tech Corridor and the Florida Technical Journal.

Of course, just as similar organizations do in other parts of the country, Starter Studio has begun to build relationships with local institutions of higher learning, namely the University of Central Florida and the Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship. Some of the faculty have presented at periodic Envy Labs brown bag lunch sessions.

Starter Studio is off to a roaring start, with a bunch of promising companies and a growing cadre of experts, entrepreneurs and business people who want Orlando to be a tech powerhouse.

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