ORLANDO, Fla.—Technology start-up SimBlocks.io, which launched its custom software development firm in June, has graduated from Starter Studio – a three-month tech start-up accelerator – and immediately transitioned into the UCF Business Incubation Program at Research Park.
Jordan Dauble, Owner of SimBlocks, said he applied to Starter Studio to become more connected to the tech community in Orlando and learn from the many business and technology leaders in the community who volunteer their time as mentors and sounding boards.
Starter Studio is an intense program that introduces the lean startup methodology, which is a curriculum of learning to drive a start-up through customer discovery, interviews with industry experts, and validating elements of a business model canvas. There were founders from seven other tech company in Dauble’s class located at Canvs a non-profit, co-working space for tech start-ups in the Church Street Exchange on Garland St. in downtown Orlando. “We all worked very well together and helped each other along the way,” he said.
Graduating from Starter Studio identified SimBlocks.io as a company with high enough potential to be accepted into the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program. The Incubator will now take over to help the early stage technology firm develop into financial stability by providing more resources for networking, funding, mentorship and facilitating smart growth.
“Accelerator programs like Starter Studio don’t compete, they are very synergistic with business incubators, said Carol Ann Dykes, site manager for the UCF Business Incubation Program in Research Park, “SimBlocks is the second Starter Studio graduate to join the incubator here, the first was SavvySuite,” she said.
Dauble says SimBlocks is in the right place at the right time. “We specialize in connecting commercial game engine and visualization solutions to simulation systems to enable companies to build better training systems at a lower cost,” he said. “Central Florida is the epicenter of the modeling and simulation community and by combining this established simulation foundation with our capabilities we have tremendous opportunities for growth.”
“Our acceptance into the UCF Business Incubation Program is very exciting because we now have professional permanent office space with room for growth at Central Florida Research Park in East Orange County near many potential customers and access to the talented faculty, researchers, and student interns at UCF,” Dauble said.
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SimBlocks.io enables companies who build simulation training systems to utilize state-of-the-art commercial game engine technologies to build better simulators at a lower cost. Capabilities include software development, custom application programming, and game engine integration. SimBlocks specializes in using modern visualization technologies in simulation systems.
About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.51B on regional sales and $2.48B on regional economic output. During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu