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Five local start-up companies competed for funding at annual event
The Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) is pleased to announce Proper Channel, Inc. and Stadium Runner, LLC have been selected as the 2015 recipients for the Elevator Pitch Night Technology Commercialization Grant program. Proper Channel, which took home first place and a $15,000 prize, is creating a tool that offers a visual front end for an environment’s knowledge database. Stadium Runner, awarded a $10,000 second place prize, is creating a robust logistical delivery system for food service operators on college campuses.
On May 14, 2015, the Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) hosted its annual Elevator Pitch Night at Goodwood Museum and Gardens. Proper Channel and Stadium Runner competed against Bicycle Capital, AstroQueue, and NPGroup, Inc. for one of two Technology Commercialization Grants totaling $25,000. All finalists will receive a scholarship to the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program conducted by the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee-Leon County.
The event, which just completed its fourth year, gives five local start-up companies the opportunity to present a five-minute “elevator pitch” presentation to a panel of judges and other distinguished guests. The winners were announced at the end of the event.
Between 2005 and 2015, the LCRDA has awarded twenty-three grants totaling $362,000 to 21 companies through its Technology Commercialization Grant Program. The grant competition is open to entrepreneurs and individuals from local businesses, universities, and research labs.
The LCRDA is grateful for the community supporters who contribute to this event, including presenting sponsor Hancock Bank, as well as Thomas Howell Ferguson, P.A., Clark Partington Hart Larry Bond & Stackhouse, Aire Serv, Brown & Brown Insurance, NAI TALCOR, SAIL High School OctoPiRates, Florida A&M University, TeligentEMS, C&L Associates, FSU Research Foundation, Heinz Nurseries, Marpan, Moore Communications Group, North Public Relations, RB Oppenheim & Associates, Sachs Media Group, Sonitrol/Redwire, and The Zimmerman Agency.
- Stadium Runner
- Efficient Systems/Bicycle Capital
- Aster Enterprises/AstroQueue
- Proper Channel
The mission of the Leon County Research and Development Authority is to work in affiliation with Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College to:
- Promote scientific research and development activities.
- Foster economic development and broaden the economic base of Leon County.
The Leon County Research and Development Authority owns and manages Innovation Park by an appointed Board of Governors, comprised of prominent business and community leaders, working together to guide the growth and development of Innovation Park.
Board of Governors
Chair: Kristin Dozier, Leon County Commissioner
Vice-Chair: David Ramsay, (Retired, SunTrust Bank)
Treasurer: Holly Newell, Florida State University
Tom Allen, Capital City Bank Group
Keith Bowers, Alternate Designee, Florida A&M University
Dr. Susanne Cappendijk van Engelen, Md2G
Timothy Edmond, The Edmond Group
Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Florida A&M University
Dr. Eric Holmes, Alternate Designee, Florida State University
Anne Longman, Lewis Longman and Walker, PA
Kimberly Moore, Alternate Designee, Tallahassee Community College
Dr. Jim Murdaugh, President, Tallahassee Community College
Dr. Jason Robotham, BioFront Technologies
[Vacant], City of Tallahassee Commissioner