Innovation and Local Entrepreneurs


Richard Fetchick

Tallahassee boasts great assets that serve as springboards to innovation. Florida A&M REACH, ACT House, Innovation Park, Domi Station, Tallahassee Community College Center for Innovation, and Florida State equip thousands of bright minds every year with tools that can lead to new, commercializable ideas.

In 2019, Leon-County-based tech startups brought in $823,000 in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. Since 2010, firms in the Tallahassee MSA have been awarded over 50 patents per year. In 2018 10,222 Bachelor’s degrees, 2,420 Masters, and 1,094 PhDs were awarded by Florida A&M University and Florida State University.

As our entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem grows stronger, OEV is pleased to include updates by ecosystem partner FSU Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship – about projects coming from its shop.

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University accepted students into its first graduate program in a Master of Science in Retail Entrepreneurship with a major in Textiles and Apparel in Fall 2019. In Fall 2020, the Jim Moran College introduced two new graduate programs, offering a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship (MSE) with majors in Product Development and Hospitality Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Dedman School of Hospitality. By Fall 2021, the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship will offer four master’s programs with its brand new MSE in Social and Sustainable Enterprises program, which will be accepting students soon. To learn more, visit

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May 26, 2022

Focused on setting the highest standard in public service, Leon County received 9 national Achievement Awards for exceptional County programs and services from the National Association of Counties (NACo), bringing the County’s total to 95 NACo awards since 2013. Annually, NACo seeks to recognize innovative county government programs from across the nation. With awards in

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March 23, 2022

This 5-minute survey is a part of Tallahassee-Leon County’s Local Technology Planning Team’s Broadband Initiative to determine the Internet/broadband needs for ALL residents and businesses of Leon County. Please have a person in your household/business who is 18 years or older and makes household/business decisions about technology or the internet complete the survey. We value

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