WMFE is Central Florida's primary provider of NPR programming on 90.7 FM and Classical Music on 90.7 HD2. Part of the community since 1965, WMFE focuses on providing quality national and local news and programming. We inspire and empower all Central Floridians to discover, grow and engage within and beyond their world.
CLOSEOpt Out: I already like WMFE!

Like us on Facebook!

Support for 90.7 WMFE is provided by

Embry-Riddle Invests $1 Million In Tech Startup Accelerator

The John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex, also known as 'MicaPlex.' Photo: Embry-Riddle

The Daytona Beach aeronautical university Embry-Riddle is giving $1 million to FireSpring Fund, a non-profit tech-company accelerator, to help develop a research park on the campus.

FireSpring Fund helps young tech companies start, grow and stay in Central Florida. It will take applications from companies later this month, and offer initial investments of $25,000 with additional funding support up to $250,000.

Embry-Riddle’s Senior Vice President of Administration Rodney Cruise hopes the investment will help build the research park’s ecosystem.

“Two of the keys is talent is access to talent and capital,” said Cruise. “This million dollars provides the access to capital, we already have the talent.”

The research park near Embry Riddle hosts collaborative work spaces, tech labs and support services to help tech companies thrive in Volusia County.

The cornerstone building of the park, called the MicaPlex, will house business mentors for the FireSpring recipients.


WMFE Journalistic Ethics Code | Public Media Code of Integrity

Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

As Producer for Intersection, Brendan Byrne is responsible for the production of WMFE’s weekly news and in-depth conversation show. When not working on Intersection, he covers news from the Space Coast. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to ... Read Full Bio »

TOP