By: Christine Gitch
USF Research News
The Corridor has been named one of four winners of SSTI's 2015 Excellence in TBED award.
TAMPA, Fla. – The Florida High Tech Corridor Council Matching Grants Research Program has been named a winner of the SSTI (State Science & Technology Institute) 2015 Excellence in Technology-based Economic Development (TBED) award, given to organizations as a national model for states and regions investing in science, technology and innovation to grow their economies and create high-paying jobs.
The Excellence in TBED Awards are presented for demonstrating successful efforts across six categories: Expanding the Research Capacity, Commercializing Research, Building Entrepreneurial Capacity, Increasing Access to Capital, Improving Competitiveness of Existing Industries, and Most Promising TBED Initiative. The other winners of the award include the Innovation Fund Northeast Ohio, The Water Council, and TechAccel.
The awards were presented during a ceremony on October 27, 2015, at SSTI’s annual conference in Oklahoma City, attended by more than 250 local, regional and national leaders in economic development from 43 states, Ontario Canada and the District of Columbia.
The Corridor’s Matching Grants Research Program (MGRP) combines the academic and research capabilities of three leading universities – University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida – with the industrial resources and entrepreneurial energies of companies in the 23-county region known as Florida’s High Tech Corridor. The MGRP program has established relationships for nearly 3,000 faculty and students with more than 360 companies, resulting in the direct hire of approximately 100 graduates, roughly 215 patents, and the development of seven specialized university research centers.
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