National Science Foundation Awards TAO Connect $500K Grant to Develop and Launch its AI-Based Chatbot

TAO Connect today announces it has received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to launch its artificial intelligence-based chatbot. The addition of the chatbot will provide its users with a more humanized, engaging and personalized experience.

Fattmerchant Named Fastest Growing FinTech Company in Central Florida

Fattmerchant has been selected as a recipient of Orlando Business Journal’s 2019 Fast 50: Central Florida’s Fastest Growing Companies award. The annual list recognizes the region’s fastest-growing firms, ranked by percentage of revenue growth between 2016 and 2018. Orlando Business Journal recognized Fattmerchant for its prosperity and 350 percent growth experienced over three years, placing the company third on the list and making it the No. 1 fastest growing fintech company in Central Florida.

Tampa-based Homee grows fast in niche home repair market

Homee, the app for home repairs providing on-demand access to handymen, electricians, air conditioning and plumbing professional, continues to experience rapid growth across the country. CEO and co-founder Doug Schaedler sat down with Tampa Bay Times to talk about its partnership with Home Depot and how a chance introduction led to the its biggest development: business-to-business service.

NanoPhotonica Announces $3.5M Investment Led by Samsung Ventures

NanoPhotonica, an industry leader in quantum dot, nanomaterials and device technology, today announced that it has secured a $3.5M investment from Samsung Ventures and DeepWork Capital. The investment, led by Samsung Ventures, will help the company further develop and commercialize its world-class quantum dot and related nanomaterial technology.

NanoPhotonica to Participate in 2019 Display Week Conference

NanoPhotonica today announced that Chris Morton, CEO, NanoPhotonica, will present at the Society for Information Display (SID)/ Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) annual investor conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

"We are excited about the future of Electroluminescence Quantum Dot Light Emitting Diodes (EL-QLED) technology, and for the opportunity to share the power of NanoPhotonica's next-generation nanomaterials at the display industry's premier conference," said Morton.  "Over the next several years, we predict that QLED technology will transform HD TVs, followed by integration into smaller screens."

NanoPhotonica Launches Advisory Board of World-Renowned Experts

NanoPhotonica announced the launch of a world-class advisory board, building on its growing industry presence. The initial members are Seth Coe-Sullivan, PhD (VP and Chief Technology Officer at Luminit, LLC), Richard S. Payne (PhD, background in monetizing technology using Semiconductors and MEMS), and Ross Young (Founder and CEO of DSCC).

TAO Connect’s online therapy finds new niches

DeepWork portfolio company TAO Connect, a digital platform aimed at making behavioral health therapy more accessible, efficient and effective, continues its growth expansion in the US, Canada, and Australia.

“We started with just a single prototype treatment for anxiety and now we have about 400 videos and 200 interactive exercises for 26 presenting problems. That’s a whole a lot more content than we had,” Benton said. “We doubled in terms of size of the company in sales every year since we started and we’re looking to do that again this year.” - Sherry Benton, CSO & Founder

Imperative CEO & co-founder Aaron Hurst offers his expertise in a recent Forbes article

Imperative CEO & co-founder Aaron Hurst offers his expertise in a recent Forbes article: "42% of companies that were not considered “purpose- driven” experienced a decline in year-on-year revenue. In contrast, 85% of purpose-led companies enjoyed positive growth. The reason for this is that purpose-driven businesses attract and keep the best talent and create an environment where people feel more connected, motivated and engaged."