Venture Hive Announces Veteran Virtual and Fort Walton Beach Accelerator Program Class

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. -- Venture Hive is happy to announce that seven Fort Walton Beach veteran-owned companies and 10  high-growth veteran-owned businesses have been selected to participate in the 2016 Venture Hive Veteran Accelerator and National Virtual Accelerator class.

The Venture Hive Veteran Accelerator was created through a partnership with the City of Fort Walton Beach. The program is a founder-friendly, 12-week accelerator program focusing on individual development and supports global, disrupt-the-industry visions. 

The veteran accelerator and virtual class will run from March 14th through the week of June 6th.

The seven selected Fort Walton Beach companies are:

Aerial Autonomy (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) - An engineering company developing software for commercial customers who record video or images for inspections, monitoring, or other applications. This product is designed to program UAV’s to fly along a customer-entered route without a pilot – safely and reliably. The core technology for precision autonomous flight and navigation was developed for the Department of Defense.

All Around Baby (Navarre, Fla.) - Manufacturers of state-of-the-art baby mobiles using mobile phone technology to offer both monitoring, soothing and educational customized apps to leverage current technology to the traditional baby mobile units.

Airtime Aircraft (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) An engineering company focused on making recreational flying convenient and affordable with their trailerable quick setup amphibious aircraft.

Decurator (Destin, Fla.) - An app-based company that delivers styled home decor solutions in the shape of interactive mood boards. Designed to streamline the decorating process, Decurator helps small interior design stores to stay competitive by lowering their costs and promoting higher furniture sales.

High Caliber Lady (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) - Educating and training women on the use of non-lethal personal protection tools such as stun guns and pepper spray as well as pistol safety and marksmanship.

Holy Kidz Summer Camps (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.) - Firm franchising Christian based programs by providing cost effective camps for religious organizations. The camps focus on providing children, ages 5-16, a safe, fun-filled environment.

Sharing Hands Network (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) - The Sharing Hands Network exists to improve the lives of families and individuals in need by facilitating awareness of, and a connection to, those organizations and individuals who have resources to share.

The 10 selected Veteran Virtual Accelerator companies are:

NannyCan (Panama City, Fla.) -  An Equine Therapy Program for special needs children and Veterans and Active duty alike. Using rescued from kill pen horses, horses are paired with a client to mutually heal.

The Hilodome Project (Springfield, Mass./Honolulu, Hawaii) - The Hilodome utilizes up to a 1-acre dome that contains rotating gardens and other innovative hydroponic technologies.  The Hilodome technologies produce 5 times as much food per year on the same footprint, and up to 5,000 gallons of pure, glacier water daily.

Better Deal Printing (Prescott, Ariz.) - A company specialized in corporate and government contracting with an emphasis on brand management. Better Deal Printing specializes in high volume printing, apparel, wide format and promotional products projects from concept to fulfillment.

GR77 Solutions LLC (Northern Va.) - Business providing  business owners a reliable, high-quality alternative to in-house resources for the packaging and delivery of high technology education and training products. GR77 specializes in the application of advanced  Human Factors Engineering techniques to solve your individual organizational needs.

Limelight Moble (San Jose, Calif./Miami) -  Limelight connects users through images of locations and events of interest anywhere in the world. With the Limelight platform newsrooms can have access to verified, unedited content faster and cheaper than their competition.

Nomad (Austin, Texas) - A technology company evolving the way we plan and execute travel. Nomads mission is to modernize travel through the way people interact with Social Networking Platforms by re-inventing DIY travel.

We Hire Heroes (Saint Petersburg, Fla.) - Is an Internet-based company publicizing job openings through a large social media base, and providing re-civilianizing coaching for veterans.

CarQuicky (Chicago, Ill.) - CarQuicky is an on demand mobile waterless car wash service. Utilizing a bio degradable and Eco friendly wash and wax saving about 40 gallons of water per wash.

Local Juice (Santa Cruz, Calif.) - A wholesale company specializing in surf theme apparel providing T-shirts, hoodies & stickers.

CR Consulting (Indianapolis) -  A service-based group that focuses on Business Continuity, Emergency Management, and Process Improvement. CR Consulting creates plans to improve what is in place today and mitigate future risks they are vulnerable to, whether it affects their operations or Human Capital.

Turning Wicked Problems into Wicked Opportunities

Thursday, March 10
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Venture Hive Main Room 

Wicked Opportunities is a unique innovation program, highlighting the shift to a new landscape and economy of transformative invention.

In the Postnormal world of the 21st Century, we have to reframe complexity as the natural order of growth, an empowering tool to be embraced and leveraged for greater opportunity. This in turn calls us to converge the previously siloed disciplines of the Industrial Age, giving birth to the “sweet spots” that reveal undiscovered and creative concepts, finally solving long-standing problems and seizing what were thought to be unreachable aspirations.

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce presents:

Technology & Transit

Moderated by Malik S. Benjamin
Panelists will discuss technology that enhances the effectiveness of transportation as well as the necessity of a robust transit system as a precondition to attracting and retaining technology industry to the community. Moderated by Malik S. Benjamin - Director of Program Innovation at Florida International University Architecture Department.

Tuesday, March 15
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Venture Hive Main Room

Pre-registration Price - $35 Members
$45 - Non-Members


Arts & Business Council of Miami presents:

Rockstar Storytelling to Inspire

Part of the MAMP 2016 Series

Stories have the potential to make an epic impact. When artfully done, they can bring awareness and understanding to your mission, spur conversation, and MOVE PEOPLE TO ACTION. Learn the fundamentals of storytelling and how to give your story an adrenaline boost!

Tuesday, March 22
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Venture Hive Main Room



Music on Demand What.0?

Wednesday, March 23
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Venture Hive Main Room

Music delivery, consumption, and creation changes have been constants of the music industry for decades.  The evolution has encompassed moves from live to analog formats, then to digital platforms such compact discs and copies, full downloads, and most recently internet streaming. Each shift has altered the income split between delivery intermediaries and the artists.  

Ubiquitous internet access coupled with smart phone and tablet sophistication now offer access that previously required premium services or a PC.  What will be the next iteration of content delivery and distribution?  Will it involve music only or incorporate other mediums?  Which new delivery platforms will be developed?  What role might big data play in target marketing and sales?  Will it be easier for new or independent artists to obtain a market for their creations?  Will new intellectual property tensions arise? 

Explore these and other facets of Music on Demand with our moderators and participants at this educational event sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida. 

Microsoft Innovation Center presents:

Introduction to Data with R

This is an introduction and first look at the R language. This is a hands on lab, in which we will install all of the R tools and begin working through the basics of the language. All attendees should walk away with a basic knowledge of R syntax, basic data types, manipulation and charting.

Tuesday, March 29
6 p.m.
Microsoft Innovation Center @ Venture Hive

Register Now for Angels Summit America

Join other influencers and chart the future of startup investing in the Americas and across the globe.

Learn from the world’s most forward-thinking investors and entrepreneurs. Meet trailblazers in corporate innovation and community development. Explore new opportunities and partnerships.

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